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Red Cliffs to Sidewinder to Hulls

Intermediate
 4.1 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice, fun, short loop perfect for a quick hit after work.


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6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,906' 1,191 m

High

2,891' 881 m

Low

1,064' 324 m

Up

1,064' 324 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Don't ride this one when it's muddy.

Overview

This is a great loop that is short enough to fit in on a weekday afternoon between "quittin' time" and dinner time. It will get you a quick 1100 feet of climbing and a fun descent.

Need to Know

To access the start you can either drive up 8th St to the Foothills Learning Center, or ride in from town using the trail systems that start at Camelsback Park or Military Reserve.

Description

Start at the Foothills Learning Center (which you can ride to from town by any number of trails). Start up Lower Hulls Gulch Trail for a few minutes and then take a right turn to head up Red Cliffs Trail. At the top of Red Cliffs, take a left onto Crestline Trail, which rises gradually. After a few minutes on Crestline Trail, take a right onto Sidewinder Trail. This is a nice middle-ring climb with a few steeper sections that tops out at a 3 way intersection with a nice view.

At the intersection, hang a left onto the 8th Street Motorcycle Trail. Enjoy a fast and fun descent down a steep, winding trail with very well burmed turns. So fun! Note that this portion of trail is better to ride in spring or early summer, as during late summer and fall it gets very dusty and loose from the motorcycles tearing it up.

At the bottom of the 8th Street Motorcycle Trail drop you will be back at the Crestline Trail. Hang a right and pedal a short distance on roughly flat singletrack until you reach the creek crossing which marks the start of Lower Hulls Gulch Trail. From here, bomb lower Hulls all the way back to the Foothills Learning Center Parking area.

The whole loop can easily be done in less than an hour for those times when you need your biking fix but are short on time.

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Cory Harelson

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  4.1 from 18 votes

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Parker threading it on the Hulls Gulch technical rock section.
Oct 31, 2015 near Boise, ID
Fantastic trail-views and a great climb. Make sure you have the legs and some water if you want to ride the loop...Sidewinder trail Boise
Oct 31, 2017 near Boise, ID
On the side of the Sidewinder Trail and then the views...great climb, for anyone with good legs and lungs.
Oct 31, 2017 near Boise, ID
Sidewinder at Sunset
Nov 11, 2014 near Boise, ID
Morning Ride up Sidewinder
Jul 17, 2014 near Boise, ID
After work ride with the pups
May 4, 2013 near Boise, ID

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May 16, 2020
Bekka Scott
Hungover with Jen
Apr 16, 2019
Eric Bradley
6.5mi
Mar 31, 2019
Elliot Sakimoto
A few mud puddles in places but you can generallt get around them-other wise dry and not disty
Oct 30, 2018
Steve Baker
First ride, includes Red Cliffs, Sidewinder, Fat Tire, Freestone Ridge, Shane's and Central Ridge. 13.8mi — 2h 14m
Sep 23, 2018
Nick Phillips
Sep 2, 2018
Hunter Gillane
Aug 27, 2018
Nick Phillips
Aug 9, 2018
Derek Quintana