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Around the Mountain

Intermediate
 4.6 (93) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great loop around Bogus Basin Ski Resort.


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10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

6,777' 2,066 m

High

6,191' 1,887 m

Low

1,093' 333 m

Up

1,092' 333 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

This trail is not clear of snow until mid-June.

This trail is part of the Ridge to Rivers Pilot Program and is now One-way, CCW only.

Overview

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!

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Wandervans with improvements by Adam May

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 93 votes

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  4.6 from 93 votes
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Photos

Dropping on the G19 trail.
Oct 30, 2017 near Boise, ID
Climbing out from the Deer Point intersection to the first of many nice vistas.
Nov 29, 2014 near Boise, ID
Awesome view off the back of bogus!
Aug 20, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Nice flowy trail in the trees.
Sep 21, 2016 near Boise, ID
View of Sawtooths from Around the Mountain Trail outside Boise, ID
Jul 10, 2016 near Idaho City, ID
Y'all trees keep ya cool in the summer
Mar 30, 2020 near Boise, ID

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Jul 10, 2021
Shawn Myers
2h 18m
Jun 13, 2021
Nathan Heide
Super fun trail! Highly recommended for beginners with some downhill trail experience. Solid blue route. No black sections
May 31, 2021
Kevin Headings
Two very minor snow drifts to hike over. Bike park at end of ride still closed, so take main road down to lodge. Epic day for a ride!! 10.1mi
Sep 19, 2020
Grant Lahm
9.6mi — 1h 45m
Aug 31, 2020
Bo Wilmer
Aug 1, 2020
Kevin Headings
Jul 20, 2020
Stuart Murray
Jul 3, 2020
Leigh Gallagher
What a great ride. Wild flowers, flowing water, a little crowded due to the holiday, but sweet ride. 10.3mi — 1h 51m