A fun, snowy adventure awaits you and your pup on the Whoop-Um-Up Loop! Located within the Boise National Forest's Whoop-Um-Up Park N' Ski area, this 2-mile trail is a furrific way to enjoy the winter months with your best friend.
Find the trailhead at the end of Forest Road 025Q1, near the Whoop-Um-Up Equestrian and Edna Creek Campgrounds. Two-legged visitors may use the restroom and check out the information kiosk here before setting off. Note that during the winter, you'll need to purchase a three-day or annual parking permit, which cost $7.50 and $25, respectively. Admission is free in the summertime.
As soon as you and Fido hit the loop, you'll find yourselves tackling an ungroomed trail that accommodates snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and four-legged travelers. Because it is unmaintained, it can be a bit rugged. There are also a few steep sections on the part near the creek, so take your time! After you and your pooch have successfully completed the loop, feel free to explore the other trails in the area, some of which are groomed and more beginner-friendly. The snowshoe and ski paths in the Park N' Ski span 6 miles overall, pawfect for doggos with boundless energy.
If you wish to extend your woofderful winter adventure for a few days, you and Fido may stay at the dog-friendly Rocky Ridge Yurt. Located a couple of miles southeast of the Whoop-Um-Up trailhead at the end of a rocky finger ridge, it offers a pawsome 180-degree view of its surroundings. It is unknown if puppers are required to stay on-leash while on the trails, but good petiquette, such as keeping your doggo under control and picking up after them, is always a must. Enjoy the snow and rolling terrain of the Whoop-Um-Up Park N' Ski with your furry pal on the Whoop-Um-Up Loop!
Make sure your pooch is healthy enough to walk through deep snow. There is no warming hut on site, so prepare accordingly! Also stay alert while in the parking area, as it is shared with snowmobiles.