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Hard Guy - Dry Creek Loop

A grueling combo of two favorite area trails.

Mountain Biking Severe

24 km
828 m
828 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.7 km
Hard Guy - Dry Creek Loop Map

Hard Guy and Dry Creek are two of Boise's best downhill rides, and are quite unique from each other. Hard Guy snakes down an open ridge while Dry Creek dives through a forest ravine. Dry Creek is rarely ridden uphill, but Hard Guy makes a good uphill for, guess who––hard guys.


If you've already ridden the Shingle Creek - Dry Creek Loop and the 8th Street - Hard Guy Loop, why not combo Hard Guy and Dry Creek loop next? It's a big ride with a burly climb, but if you've done Dry Creek you know the downhill is totally worth it. On this loop you'll also get some bonus time cruising through the woods at elevation on Ridge Road.

The season is generally early summer through the fall, after the upper elevations have dried out. That means the foothills––and the big climb––can be super hot, so start early.



Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and November


  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

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