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Polecat Loop



6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 780' 238 m
Descent: -747' -228 m
High: 3,484' 1,062 m
Low: 3,130' 954 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)


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Flowy singletrack with some climbs, lizards, and lots of character.

Tyler Zundel

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

Avoid when muddy or wet - this trail is prone to rutting


This is an excellent trail that provides about 6.4 miles of riding and 750 feet of climbing. Wildlife sightings are common, and the variety of trail substrate provides an interesting and variable ride every time.

The main loop of this system is to go around the outside of the trail, tracing a roughly catcher's mitt shaped path.

Need to Know

Lots of users, and it's narrow in some places. Keep your speed down until you know the trail.


This trail can be accessed from either the trailhead off Cartwright Road or from the Polecat Loop trailhead near the end of Collister Road.

The loop has one significant climb which will be at the midpoint if you start off Cartwright, or right at the beginning if you begin at Collister. The remainder of the trail is nice, flowy singletrack that rolls the sagebrush covered Boise foothills.

A local favorite approach is to do 2 laps around the loop, one in each direction. As with most trails, the character is completely different in each direction.

This trail has dirt, sand, and gravel, but not rocky or technical sections. It's a great workout and should be on the rotation for any Boise riders' after work regimen.

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May 24, 2020
Russell Fogle
Jenn's 2nd ride 6.4mi
May 9, 2020
Suzanne Clay
May 3, 2020
Tina E
5.9mi — 0h 49m
Apr 26, 2020
Tina E
1h 00m
Apr 3, 2020
Sarah M
Nov 24, 2019
Michael H-Bawm
fun, perfect quick ride for both speed and some climb. lots of tight, loose corners with steep drops. 6.4mi — 0h 50m
Nov 24, 2019
Ronan Stewart
Very nice, pleasant ride clockwise from the lower parking area. Please round corners slowly, you can't see around many of them on this trail. 6.7mi — 1h 30m
Nov 11, 2019
Matt Holland
6.4mi — 0h 52m

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Sunrise over Polecat Trail
Apr 4, 2015 near Boise, ID
Another section of the Polecat trail!
May 22, 2018 near Garden…, ID
High point of Polecat
Sep 6, 2014 near Garden…, ID
On the Polecat.
Nov 2, 2016 near Boise, ID
Polecat loop. i am a beginner mountain biker (3months in the making) but i have been on a bike since i was just a kiddo. polecat was the perfect ride that pushed me out of my comfort zone. score on my part
Apr 21, 2018 near Garden…, ID
Overlooking Simplot Hill and a good view of downtown Boise.
May 31, 2016 near Garden…, ID

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