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Five Mile Gulch

Intermediate
 4.2 (13)

A scenic trail following the drainage in the foothills close to town.


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3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Singletrack

5,867' 1,788 m

High

3,825' 1,166 m

Low

2,042' 622 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Can be icy in the winter.

Description

Five Mile Gulch is a large drainage containing mature stands of Cottonwood and Locust trees seldom seen in the foothills. The trail provides a great connection between Watchman Trail and Orchard Gulch.

From the parking lot on Rocky Canyon road, the trail climbs gently through large stands of tree and has numerable stream crossings. There is an old toll booth about half way up the drainage when this route was used to get to Idaho City. At the junction with the Watchman Trail you'll go right and climb steeply. The last section of the trail is climbable but better done as a downhill. This trail is best used to access Watchman Trail for a loop onto Three Bears.

After a steep climb you'll come to a junction with Orchard Gulch. From here the trail climbs steeply to the ridge one open hillside. The upper sections of this trail are best riden as a downhill while the lower section is fun in both directions.

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Shared By:

Chris Wandervans

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  4.2 from 13 votes

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Nice mellow singletrack follows the creek all the way up the gulch.  On the Five Mile Gulch Trail.
Mar 28, 2015 near Boise, ID
Some nasty steep switchbacks on the later parts of 5 mile
Mar 30, 2020 near Boise, ID

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May 4, 2021
Ronan Stewart
Slow, jarring descent on a gravel bike.
May 3, 2021
Lisa Potter
May 28, 2019
John Waven
May 20, 2017
Wylie Adams
Usual creek crossings. 3.4mi
Apr 12, 2017
Erik Ela
Apr 3, 2017
Jordyn Moreno
Took it from orchard trail down to the parking lot a few difficult steep decent switchbacks
Oct 9, 2016
Dax Tobin
May 6, 2015
Cody DH