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Around the Mountain

 45 votes

9.8 Miles 15.8 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,467' 447 m

Ascent

-1,467' -447 m

Descent

6,811' 2,076 m

High

6,158' 1,877 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Unknown

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A great loop around Bogus Basin Ski Resort.

Chris Wandervans

Overview

This trail is not clear of snow until mid-June.
A loop around the ski area with moderate climbs, amazing views, some great berms and fast descents. You get views all the way to Sawtooths and down into Boise.

Need to Know

The trail is well marked and connects to many other trails to create many other options.

Description

The ride starts in the main parking lot near the Simplot Lodge. From the lot you'll start climbing on the Deer Point trail. Look for the start of the trail right under the Deer Point Lift. The grades are all mellow on the Deer Point Trail and there is ample shade and water along the trail. The Deer Point trail will then connect into the Around the Mountain Trail.

Turn right on the Around the Mountain trail and traverse across the face of the Mountain. There are some great views as you work your way up a couple switchbacks before traversing over to the intersection with the ridge road. You'll then cross the ridge road once and then twice as you work your way around to the backside. After the second road crossing, the trail starts a gradual descent followed by some nice bermed corners.

Once on the backside you'll look out towards Idaho City and the Sawtooths. On the backside you'll cross a couple of ski runs and under the Pine Creek Lift alternating between descending and climbing. Once Mores Mountain comes into view you'll start climbing again as you work you way under Superior chairlift. There is one more short descent before the final climb to Pioneer Lodge. When you get to Pioneer Lodge you'll want to descend the Morningstar Trail to get back to Simplot Lodge.

The Morningstar Trail weaves its way down the mountain from Pioneer Lodge to Simplot lodge. There are a number of switchbacks to negotiate and also some wooden bridges on the side of the trail. It would be wise to scout the bridges before riding them since there are some definite consequences. The soil tends to get looser towards the end of the year since this trail sees a lot of traffic, so hit it early in the season for best conditions!

The entire ride provides great views all the way around and takes you by all of your favorite ski runs. There are also ample stream crossings for a dog so feel free to bring the dogs along for some high alpine singletrack.

History & Background

The trail was completed in 2013 with generous support from SWIMBA, Bogus Basin, Ridge to Rivers, and the Boise National Forest!

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Sep 26, 2017
Monica Ragan
Lots of fun! Linked up with berm baby berm. 11mi
Sep 2, 2017
Stasia Owen
Labor Day weekend with Nady 9.8mi
Sep 2, 2017
Gravity Fighter
A great relaxing ride - just enough climbs and fun descents to make it a great all-rounder.
Aug 28, 2017
Ryan Humbert
Aug 20, 2017
Larry A
Aug 19, 2017
D B
Aug 15, 2017
Jeremy St Clair
Did this and added the Morning Star downhill to make the loop. 11mi
Aug 13, 2017
Cameron Owen
Took new trail “Burm Baby Burm” from top lodge to bottoms lodge. 9.8mi

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  4.5 from 45 votes

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  4.5 from 45 votes
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saw this 4/20/16 w/o obvious reply. No cost unless you want to take the easy way up on the lift which the resort plans to run every weekend from july 2 into Sept. (they are planning mountain services of food and music also). GT Apr 20, 2016
T. S.  
Don't bother trying to ride this on a weekend, especially when the lifts are running, you will end up stopping to get off your bike every 20 ft for oncoming hikers and riders. Also the trail gets super blown out and dusty by mid summer. Feb 20, 2017
This trail is a lot of fun, but be ready to encounter hikers or uphill (backwards) cyclists just when you're getting your flow on. Feb 20, 2017

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