Our fall migration project located on the Boise Ridge at the top of Lucky Peak is IBO’s longest-running and most well-known research and education effort (since 1993!)
Four-wheel or All-wheel-drive high-clearance vehicles required. BE PREPARED!! This un-maintained dirt road is narrow, steep and winding with tight curves and washed out ruts. Please limit number of vehicles and do not drive the road during rain or within 1 hour of rain showers. Be advised that we do not have the ability to tow/pull your vehicle out of ruts. In 2020 the road was re-graded and has high water bars, making high-clearance a MUST.
From the intersection of Hwy 21 and I-84:, take Hwy 21 North (towards Idaho City). About 3 miles past the top of Lucky Peak Dam, turn left onto Highland Valley Road (about 3/4 mile before you get to The Hilltop Cafe) and follow this for a total of about 6 miles to our site in the trees just below the radio tower. When our station is open for the fall, there are “Bird Observatory” signs at every important intersection. As you approach the peak, there is a gate. Park in the flat area to the right (beside the outhouse) and walk thru the gate and down the road for about 200 meters to our site in the trees.