The most recent story says, "The Laguna Pointe Homeowner's Association recently hired a private contractor to clear a new pathway near the Boise River and away from the homes. Construction on the path was completed on Wednesday. The cost was approximately $4,000. Members of the HOA hope the city will develop that pathway and give up plans to seize the current path now in use." I was curious enough, and the day was beautiful enough, that I decided a personal observation trip was in order.
Here's where the "new pathway" begins, at the east end - the Boise end. The "traditional" disputed path is on the left, the new one on the right.
It's extremely loose, dusty dirt as of today... I had to walk my bike for the first couple hundred feet. But it gets better... and that problem is easy to fix.
The route isn't a bad alternative, frankly. Closer to the river and farther from the palatial estates - what's not to like?
Except... eventually it merges back into the traditional path, just before where it crosses the flood overflow canal. And - the stout plank that replaced the destroyed bridge has been removed.
I had the choice of either returning the same way I got there... or fording the canal. The socks and shoes came off.
The rest of the path remained unchanged from previous visits, over the past year or so.
I rode north a half-mile or so on Eagle Road, and then headed back in on the north side of the Boise River... my reward was several miles of well-maintained dirt paths mostly, and lots more very nice scenery.
(And of course I was compelled to take to the streets, when I arrived at the exclusive Riverside Village "nature path.")
It's about 10.5 miles, round trip, starting and finishing at the Glenwood Bridge. There are a couple tricky places - forks in the road and such - where it helps to have ridden it before. And I'm guessing that 6 of those 10.5 miles are dirt/gravel surface, generally quite well maintained. (It may be marginal for super-skinny high pressure tires.) But if the weather is nice and you've got some time, I recommend an exploratory adventure out that way.
It's a shame that the public status of this pathway will likely be mired down in legal limbo for the foreseeable future. But I've done the round trip 4 or 5 times now, and have ridden west to Eagle Road at least that many more times, and I've never had a confrontation with anybody. Hopefully your results will be similar.