Guidebook

Best of Boise: MTB Shuttle Rides

Bomb downhill for miles on these big rides above Boise, which can be set up with a car shuttle.

Jesse Weber

Description

In Boise’s mountain backdrop, tiers of grassy hills rise to forested peaks above, and trails snake throughout the topography. Only one paved road makes the twisting journey to the upper elevations, leading to Bogus Basin ski area. That makes Boise’s ultimate shuttle ride––from Bogus Basin all the way into town using a combination of trails. Altogether it’s more than 5000 feet of singletrack descent from pines to prairie, requiring only a 40-minute drive. It’s not a pure downhill, however, as some climbing is required, and there’s not a singular route leading straight into the city. So while that ultimate top-down ride is a bit convoluted, there are shorter variations with even better downhill to uphill ratio. And aside from Bogus Basin Road, some rough dirt roads allow more possibilities elsewhere in the foothills.

The one-way rides become especially attractive in summer when the heat can make climbing nearly unbearable. There are no dedicated downhill tracks, however, so you can always expect to do a bit of pedaling. Therefore the routes are best suited for trail bikes rather than downhill rigs. (For pure downhill, check out the gravity parks at Bogus Basin or in Eagle.) Depending on the trail and the timing, you should also expect to share with other users, including uphill bikers, hikers, or even moto riders. Learn more by tapping on the routes shown here, to show details including shuttle logistics. You can then find out current conditions by checking Ridge to Rivers trail reports online.

Sierra's Special

Sierra's Special

43.8 km
573 m
1,642 m
20 miles of slog and slay from the top to bottom of the Boise Foothills. Bonus points for finishing it out by biking to beers at Ann Morrison Park
Difficult
Private
Hulls Gulch Downhill
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Hulls Gulch Downhill

4.3 km
0 m
274 m
A favorite in the lower foothills, done as part of a loop or with a shuttle.
Moderate
Private
Eastside to Sweet Connie Downhill
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Eastside to Sweet Connie Downhill

20.7 km
365 m
1,118 m
Awesome shuttle ride from the pines of Bogus Basin into the prairie of the foothills.
Difficult
Private
Mahalo to Dry Creek
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Mahalo to Dry Creek

24.2 km
389 m
1,222 m
Up from Bogus Basin and along the ridge, then a huge downhill on some of Boise's best singletrack.
Difficult
Private
Lucky Peak Loop from Highland Valley
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Lucky Peak Loop from Highland Valley

20.9 km
1,077 m
1,077 m
Big vertical from the bottom to the top of Lucky Peak, with huge views the entire way.
Difficult
Private
8th Street Moto Trail

8th Street Moto Trail

12.1 km
129 m
903 m
A big downhill ride with a shuttle, and a step up in difficulty over most trails in the area.
Severe
Private