MTB Project Logo

Danskins Tour

 3.3 (8)
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

14.2 Miles 22.9 Kilometers



2,008' 612 m


-2,015' -614 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (15°)

4,392' 1,339 m


3,226' 983 m


Shared By Chris Wandervans



Getting forecast...

A tour of the great singletrack in the Danskins backcountry.

Chris Wandervans

Dogs Off-leash

Features -none-

Can be snowbound until April.


This is a classic introduction to the Danskin's backcountry and is going to be an adventure for the first timer. The trails are not marked so it will be vital to follow the route closely so you do not stray off course. There is a mandatory hike-a-bike and some very steep sections which will hurt if you fall off the trail. This route is only for very experienced and in shape riders!

Need to Know

This is a remote area with no cell service. Rattlesnakes will be encountered along the section that runs along the reservoir during mid-May and June so be aware and keep an eye out. The best months to ride the trail are Fall and early spring. Utilize the MTB Project MTB Project mobile app for wayfinding.


To start the ride, you'll either want to park at the bottom of Deadman Creek or at the Willow Creek Trailhead. You just need to decide if you want to ride the road section at the end or the beginning. Please stay to the side of the road since there are a number of blind corners and there have been accidents recently with folks going down the center of the road.

If you park at Deadman you'll have a long climb to start with, all on singletrack that will work its way up the drainage. There is only one junction on Deadman's Cow near the beginning that you'll need to stay right for, otherwise the trail is very easy to follow up to the saddle. Once at the saddle there will be a steep descent into Cow Creek.

Deadman's Cow trail along Cow Creek is a classic creek singletrack with a number of crossings. At the bottom of Cow Creek you'll bear right and climb to a plateau overlooking Arrow Rock Reservoir and join A South Forked Willow trail. Ride along this plateau for a while and then you'll wrap around and start to head up the South Fork of the Boise River. This next section can be steep and challenging and the trail runs along a steep edge of the reservoir for a long distance.

You'll then come to a large meadow at which point the trail becomes very faint and goes nearly straight up the hill. Shoulder your bike and do the hike-a-bike. At the end of the hike-a-bike you'll be back on the plateau and on a good trail again. Follow this trail along the reservoir and up into the Willow Creek Drainage. Once in Willow Creek you'll have some deep water crossings before arriving at the road.


You & This Featured Ride

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Your Check-Ins


May 26, 2017
boise biker
Very overgrown; not much of a trail. Amazing scenery though. Be ready for a slow-moving adventure.
May 11, 2017
Eric Deutsch
see my comments below 17mi — 6h 00m
May 11, 2017
Scott Smith
Pretty painful at times with the brush. On the north side of the loop frequent GPS trail checks are a must easy to get off trail.
Apr 22, 2017
Gustavo Guillen
Note to self: wear pants next time. Cuts from all the brush gets very old by the end of the ride. Also, maybe don't do it in reverse. 15.5mi — 5h 43m

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 8 votes


  3.3 from 8 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star


in Idaho


34 Views Last Month
2,073 Since Feb 20, 2015
Extremely Difficult Extremely Difficult

Daniel Horn
Daniel Horn   Boise
Thanks for adding all of these trails. Mar 12, 2015
Marina Shuler
Boise, ID
Marina Shuler   Boise, ID
Using my wife's FB account to post here. Did this ride today, 11/14/15. I would call this a mini epic. Solid ride, skinny trail with exposure in spots. A fall could be bad. The hike-a-bike section was strenuous. Route finding could be hard in spots without GPS. Beautiful sceenery! Definitely a great ride for the Boise MTBer that wants a remote adventure close(ish) to home. Can't wait to try it again in the spring. I here the wildflowers are spectacular! I'll try to figure out how to post a few pics. Nov 14, 2015
Eric Deutsch
Boise, ID
Eric Deutsch   Boise, ID
I would rename this trail - "Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts" PRO's - Remote. You will likely not run into a single person - Beautiful scenery CON's - Remote. Bring a buddy, preferably one who has done the trail. Bring GPS - Trail system is overgrown and washed out in multiple areas. You WILL have to backtrack and hike-a-bike - Wear shinguards, forearm guards (heavy brush/thorns). Narrow handleba May 12, 2017

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter