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Polecat Gulch Loop

A locals' go-to loop in the foothills, close to Eagle and Meridian.

Mountain Biking Moderate

10 km
266 m
266 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
917 m
High Point
1.1 km
Polecat Gulch Loop Map

This trail loop is almost all singletrack, winding through the scenic Boise Foothills. It goes gradually up the valley of Polecat Gulch to a panoramic ridgeline, then twists in and out of smaller canyons. It mostly contours the ridges, avoiding any super steep sections. One quick descent awaits at the end to return to the trailhead.


The surface is mostly smooth hardpack, but has some significant sandy stretches and some rocks to keep things interesting. Much of the route is on north-facing slopes, so it can be good in summer when other places are too hot. The downside is that these trails are slower to dry than some others in the area, so they may be too muddy in the colder seasons. As mapped here, the loop starts from Polecat Gulch trailhead, but you could alternately start from the parking area on Cartwright Road.

Note: As of 2021, all users are required to travel counter-clockwise on this loop (may not apply in the winter).

Source: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/



Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between March and December


  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack

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