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Watchman Chicken Leg Burner

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13.9 mile 22.3 kilometer loop
75% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,288' 697 m
Descent: -2,280' -695 m
High: 4,728' 1,441 m
Low: 3,271' 997 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Mike Wees

Leg burning climbs with vertigo-inducing side-hill singletrack, joy!

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Overview

There is tons of vertical in this 14-mile ride, plus you get the pleasure of riding one of best trail sections in the area (Watchman Trail). This ride has one of the more challenging climbs in town on Orchard Gulch Trail #7, so go challenge yourself!

The only real drawback to this route is a slightly loose rock section coming down Three Bears, although it is not a big deal for most riders.

Description

Park on Rocky Canyon road at the entrance/exit to Shane's Trail and climb the road to Orchard Gulch Trail #7 - get your burn on up to the Five Mile Gulch junction. Once you cross Orchard Creek this trails climbs up and out of the canyon, ultimately tying into Five Mile Gulch. The technical difficulty of this trail is low and there is little in the way to dodge or travel over, although there are some steep pitches.

Take the left fork to Watchman Trail and burn some more up to the Three Bears trail junction. Watchman Trail is steep near the beginning and end and then the remaining parts of the trail traverse open slopes and drainages. There is a slightly loose rock section coming down Three Bears.

After this, bomb down somewhat loose, rocky terrain to the top of Shane's Trail and take a right and bomb down some more flow to the next junction. From there you'll want to turn left to stay on Shane's Trail. Turn left again at the next junction to stay on Shane's Trail, up another burner.

Take a right at the next junction to eject you back out to Rocky Canyon Road and your awaiting vehicle. There's a ton of vertical in these 14 linear miles, making for a great ride!

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May 9, 2020
Brian Thomas
Jun 1, 2019
Sam G
Apr 30, 2019
John Waven
Jul 6, 2018
Matt Barth
Yes
May 27, 2018
John Cunningham
13.9mi
Aug 19, 2017
Garren Moore
12.9mi
Jun 29, 2017
Chris Grenfell
13.2mi
Mar 28, 2017
Kris B.
Great trail 18.9mi

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Watchman Trail is a great ride in the spring when wildflowers are blooming.
Nov 29, 2014 near Boise, ID
Heading to Shaw Mountain Road for a long climb to eventually return down the infamous Three Bears Trail.
Jul 24, 2013 near Boise, ID
Smooth mellow section at the top of Three Bears Trail; looking West (downhill)
Nov 28, 2014 near Boise, ID
Top of Bucktail just before Shane's intersection.
Sep 9, 2016 near Boise, ID
Pics from the steep part - nice to have a good view when you have to stop and catch your breath!
Mar 30, 2020 near Boise, ID
3 Bears descent at dusk
Jun 11, 2019 near Boise, ID

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