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


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,481' 1,061 m

High

3,117' 950 m

Low

776' 236 m

Up

751' 229 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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

Overview

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.

2021 Pilot Program In Place: April 26-November 1, 2021. All users will be required to travel counter-clockwise.

Description

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 trail is well marked and is one-way only in many places (clockwise if doing the whole outer loop), please follow the signs.

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.

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Ridge to Rivers

Shared By:

Tyler Zundel with improvements by Graham Freeman and 3 others

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 77 votes

#203

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  4.0 from 77 votes
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Photos

Sunrise over Polecat Trail
Apr 4, 2015 near Boise, ID
Another section of the Polecat trail!
May 22, 2018 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
High point of Polecat
Sep 6, 2014 near Garden…, ID
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