Table Rock Tram and Quarry Loop

A stout climb and demanding downhill on the slopes of Boise's #1 landmark.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
5.1 km
Ascent
264 m
Descent
264 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
830 m
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
11˚
Table Rock Tram and Quarry Loop Map

Mesa Reserve is the trail system on Table Rock, which is Boise’s most iconic landmark. It’s also home to some of the town’s best riding, and to purpose-built trails where bikes have the right of way. The loop mapped here uses some of those, but you’ll need to watch for signs that denote what’s what.

Description

Tram Trail makes an efficient but very tough climb up the mesa. It starts with a meandering ascent along the side of the hill, then cuts a beeline toward the top that gets progressively steeper. There’s a big reward coming, however, for those who like techy downhill, and the views make an added bonus. After the grunt up Tram you’ll turn downhill on Quarry Trail. As the name suggests, this track weaves through a maze of blasted stone.

Quarry starts with a series of super tight moves among blocks and ledges, but then opens up to faster riding across a panoramic bench. The city splays out below and bluffs tower overhead. A fast downhill contour delivers Quarry Trail to the main Table Rock trail, which can be a fun downhill with water bars, but it’s often crowded with hikers. You also don’t want to miss the connector for Rock Island, which comes up fast.

The Rock Island trails are a cluster of connected loops where you can choose your own adventure. Mapped here is the “jump line” which has fast banked turns and tabletops. All the trails in the cluster are loaded with techy rock features, and some are tougher than others. You could pick another variation instead, or make a loop to try more than one. Eventually you’ll find your way back to Tram to retrace the meandering incline to the trailhead.

Source: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/trails/detailed-area-descriptions/table-rock-area/

Difficulty

Severe

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.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

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

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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