Hunter and I set out with his bicycle in the bed of the truck to explore some of the Oregon Trail above the Boise River near our house.
It was Hunter’s and my first time exploring out this way, east along the old Oregon Trail from Boise. We drove the truck along a muddy road off Highway 21 as far as it would take us then walked atop the cliff to the first sign of danger.
Hunter brought his bike along but the trail was too muddy for much biking. We were glad it was just us because we knew the girls would have been afraid of the dark and nearby cliff.
Two ramps were built to help Oregon Trail travellers descend from the rim to the river valley,
the Beaver Dicks and the Kelton Ramp. The Kelton ramp is located about 500 feet northwest of Highway 21 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The ramp dates back to the early 1860s. It is a rock cut through the basalt rim between the second and third terraces above the Boise River. Features of the ramp include rock art (pictographs) drawn on the basalt rim face. Origins of the pictographs are unknown but they may represent early advertising attempts.¹