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Hard Guy to Dry Creek Loop

 17 votes

17.4 Miles 28.0 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

3,232' 985 m

Ascent

-3,233' -985 m

Descent

5,629' 1,716 m

High

3,319' 1,012 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Unknown

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A long climb that will test your legs and lungs, followed by a drop into a gorgeous shady drainage.

Cory Harelson

Overview

Close all gates behind you.
A steep and challenging yet not very technical climb up Hard Guy leads you out of the high desert and into the pine trees. Then a short jaunt on the Boise Ridge Road leads to the start of one of the better descents in the foothills, Dry Creek.

Need to Know

The ride up Hard Guy is steep, and there isn't much shade until near the top, while the descent has lots of shade. So if it's going to be a hot day it pays to start early and get the climb over with before it warms up.

Description

From the Miller Gulch Trailhead (you can also start about 1/2 mile "down" Boise Ridge Road at the Corrals Trail trailhead, which cuts out a little climbing), climb the initial hill to where the connector trail meets up with Corrals Trail. Hang a left on Corrals and enjoy the mellow cruise while it lasts. There is short a "frontage singletrack" that cuts off to your right at one point. Take this if you want to increase your singletrack/doubletrack ratio.

Eventually there will be a left turn for Hard Guy. Take this and drop down a short distance to where the steep climb begins. Pedal, pedal harder, and pedal some more. If it's a hot day there are a few shade trees towards the top of the trail. Don't forget to look at the nice view behind you.

Eventually Hard Guy ends at the Boise Ridge Road. Hang a left and follow the Ridge Road for a couple miles of rolling terrain. Keep an eye out for a trail that cuts off to your left (there will probably be bike tire tracks on it). Note that this is unmarked and is the second possible left. It's a short distance after the first left which I believe ends in a dead-end on a ridge (but I haven't investigated).

This is the start of Dry Creek. Follow this trail out onto the ridge. After a couple minutes the trail makes a sharp turn to the right and there will be a fainter trail that breaks off to the left. GO RIGHT (left is Shingle Creek Trail). As soon as you turn, the trail starts dropping. Get ready for a winding trail through the trees, some rocks and drops, a few washed out corners, and LOTS of creek crossings which are all rideable. Plan on getting your feet wet! The fun just keeps coming all the way down.

Eventually you reach a fork where the Dry Creek Trail cuts up a slope to the right and leaves the creek. You can take this all the way back to Bogus Basin Boulevard, which you can ride downhill back to where your car is parked. This lower section of dry creek is of a different character than the upper portion, with lots of ups and downs, and with technical bits that seem to mostly come on the ups.

Another option, and the way I chose to go, is to go left at the fork, and cut across the creek one last time to a connector trail which takes you up and meets up with the bottom portion of Hard Guy. While this requires a short but steep climb to get back up to the ridge that Hard Guy follows, it prevents you from having to ride the sometimes busy Bogus Basin Boulevard back down (nice if you ride with your mutts like me :) ).

If you took the connector just reverse your tracks when you get back to the bottom of Hard Guy (right on hard guy, down, up a short climb to Corrals, right on Corrals, right on the connector back to Miller Gulch Trailhead).

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Sep 1, 2017
Gravity Fighter
Long sustained climb with very dry conditions.
Jul 20, 2017
Noah Lull
Jul 8, 2017
Steve Speidel
Jun 30, 2017
Michael Haege
Very difficult. Extremely hard uphill climb
Jun 15, 2017
Jared Hemley
16.9mi
May 27, 2017
Wylie Adams
Dry creek has lots of stream crossings. Too mellow for a fun downhill. Would recommend doing the loop in reverse or going down shingle creek. 17.4mi
May 25, 2017
Gary Martinez
Hard Guy was a challenge for me and thrilled that I finished and accomplished the ascent. I began from Peggy's off Cartwright. 30mi — 4h 00m
Aug 14, 2016
Scott Smith
17.4mi — 3h 00m

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Jeremiah Thomas
Boise, ID
Jeremiah Thomas   Boise, ID
The ride down Dry Creek is pretty much the best downhill in the Boise area...love it! Aug 16, 2014

 
Got a drop at Bogus Pioneer Lodge today, and then proceeded around the mountain to Thunder Monkey which includes Dry Creek. I was particularlly looking forward to Dry Creek, as folks at a number of bike shops had mentioned it. Pretty fun trail with nice long periods of downhill! I am not used to all the sand though, and almost ate it going a little fast on a rutted hill with deepish sand. Wish I had brought some clippers too, a lot of growth this summer enjoyed growing over the trail right at eye level. Took a few good slaps. If you don't mind a bit of sand and a few slaps during a longer downhill, this is a great trail! (oh ya, and the creek crossings were pretty fun) Jul 29, 2015

 
Rode Hard Guy and Dry Creek today. I am a bit disappointed that there is no obvious trail marker for the start of Dry Creek from Ridge Road. There were signs indicating non-motorized but nothing that said "Dry Creek". Luckily for me some other riders came along that knew the route and confirmed I was on the correct trail - I almost bailed out. Dry Creek is an outstanding descent. It is tight in the trees, tons of creek crossings - with water, it is not dry. I see why people call it the best ride in Boise. Sep 20, 2015

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