Friends of the Weiser River Trail (FWRT) is a private, nonprofit organization formed to convert the old Pacific and Idaho Northern (PIN) railroad grade from Weiser, Idaho, to Rubicon (near New Meadows, ID) into a trail for public recreation. Starting in Weiser, the 84-mile long trail passes through the towns of Midvale, Cambridge, and Council. The entire right-of-way was deeded to Friends of the Weiser River Trail in August 1997 by the Union Pacific Railroad under the railbanking law.
The trail includes many miles of riparian habitat, an additional 1,400 acres of wildlife habitat, and will provide access to 16,000 acres of BLM and State of Idaho Lands currently otherwise inaccessible to the public. Wildlife often seen along the trail include deer, elk, heron, bear, waterfowl, raptors, and wild turkeys. The setting in the lower (southern) part of the canyon is rolling hills and open canyons topped with black lava cliffs, while the upper (northern) portion is forested.
Needless to say, COVID-19 has impacted everyone, everywhere. The good news is the trail remains open, to serve as a safe and healthy outlet in this new culture of social distancing and pandemic. The restrooms are open in Weiser, Presley and Midvale, and cleaned frequently but obviously not after every use.
05/22/2022: North of Goodrich, south of Mesa Siding, a trail user wandered about 50 feet off the trail to explore a pile of debris and found a nest of perhaps 50 rattlers of all sizes (babies to five feet). Just a reminder to keep your dogs and children under control and on the trail!
Friends of the Weiser River Trail
P. O. Box 472 Council, ID 83612
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