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A Boise Foothills showcase of what these trails have to offer.


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15.3

Miles

24.6

KM

90%

Singletrack

3,970' 1,210 m

High

2,725' 831 m

Low

2,095' 639 m

Up

2,091' 637 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Do not ride when muddy.

Overview

This is one of the best loops in the foothills to see what Boise has to offer. You'll get good climbs, nice traverses, and fast flowy single/doubletrack. This trail starts from Camelsback Park and ties the Camelsback trail network into the Military Reserve area and then brings you back again.

Description

Leave from the Camelsback parking lot and ride up past the Nature Center to a short climb up Kestrel Trail to Crestline Trail. Follow Crestline Trail to Sidewinder. From the top of Sidewinder tie into the Fat Tire Traverse. There is a nice reward for you efforts at the end with a fast decent on Freestone Ridge. At the bottom of Freestone Ridge start climbing again by way of the lower section of Three Bears. At the junction of Three Bears and Shane's Trail you'll get another traverse/decent into Bucktail Trail. Take Bucktail Trail out to the Military Reserve Connection and then it's back to the parking lot at Camelsback by way of Kestrel Trail.

While these trails see less use than some, they do get a decent amount of traffic. Be aware of other cyclists, hikers, and animals (lots of off leash dog sections).

Boise's Foothills get hot in the summer months and there is little shade along this route. Plan accordingly and bring some extra water and lather on the sun block....

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Jo ha

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 16 votes

#1706

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  3.9 from 16 votes
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Photos

At the junction of freestone and fat tire.
Mar 30, 2020 near Boise, ID
Golden hour in the foothills.
Oct 9, 2016 near Boise, ID
Top of Bucktail just before Shane's intersection.
Sep 9, 2016 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
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
Right before the downhill, great view for sunset.
Aug 25, 2016 near Boise, ID

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Jul 26, 2020
Ben Roberts
Not my favorite "link-up". Forces you to ride reserve connector trail backwards. Freestone Ridge would be best ridden out of the reserve area.
Apr 11, 2020
Thomas Konrath
16.4mi — 2h 02m
Apr 9, 2020
Michael H-Bawm
great ride. several short very steep sections. not overly challenging, but I was spent by the last push. lots of options for side trails. 15.3mi — 2h 00m
May 24, 2019
Matthew Henderson
May 11, 2019
Corey Beinhart
Stellar
May 5, 2019
Eric Grando
I messed up multiple times. Go left on three bears, not the road. Could avoid the military route at the end. Ride kind of sucked. Pretty though! 18mi
Oct 15, 2018
Christopher Richard
15.2mi
Sep 28, 2018
Nick Phillips