8th Street - Hard Guy Loop

A huge climb up to the Boise Ridge, then a big bomb down on stellar singletrack.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
23 km
Ascent
956 m
Descent
956 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
8th Street - Hard Guy Loop Map

Hard Guy is well known as some of the best singletrack in the Boise foothills. It bombs down from the top of Boise Ridge almost all the way to the bottom, and of course, that means it takes some work to get to. You could shuttle it on a long and rough 4WD road, but you might as well pedal it and really earn the downhill.

Description

Start from Corrals trailhead on Bogus Basin Road, and warm up with the climb to get on Scott's trail. Scott's is more technical and continues upward up to connect with 8th Street Extension. By then you've already climbed about 1500 feet, but on the dirt road, you'll grunt another 1500 up to Eagleson Summit. Motor traffic can be a nuisance on this road, but at least the views are nice, and it makes the most efficient way to gain so much elevation in the foothills.

From the summit, now in breezy forest instead of parched grassland, the road turns downhill for about a mile. Hard Guy trail then branches off, and from there it's 3000 feet of pure fun back to the start. Expect some rocks and short drops, but mostly smooth singletrack snaking all the way down a wide-open ridgeline.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Road sections
  • Drops
  • Rock Gardens

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