“A great shuttle-run to taste the different trails that the Boise Front Range has to offer.
— Jeff Nelson
This is great shuttle run that will take you through the vast pines of Bogus Basin, past iconic Stack Rock and finish up on an open, flowing singletrack.
Need to Know
Take a few bucks as you can stop at the main Bogus Basin Lodge for a burger, beer, Gatorade, etc.
This ride is best done as a shuttle where we leave one rig at the trailhead of Polecat Loop Access
just off of N. Cartwright Road. This is where the ride will finish. Head east on Cartwright until you hit Bogus Basin Road and take a left up to the ski resort. At the Bogus Basin ski resort lower lodge you'll see parking and a large trail map. I suggest you check out the map and familiarize yourself with the ride.
Start off onto Deer Point Trail
for a nice, easy climb. About half way up this trail there is an intersection that is well signed. Turn right onto the Around the Mountain
trail. Continue on this fun side-cutting singletrack around the backside of the ski resort where you'll climb the last bit to Pioneer Lodge. There are several ways back down to the main parking lot where you started but Morningstar Trail is one of the more common trails.
At the parking lot head back down Bogus Basin Road and after a few hundred yards you'll see signage calling out for Eastside Trail
on the right that drops off the road and into the trees. This is a wide, shared XC ski trail that, after about a mile or so in, you'll need to turn left off of at the Eastside Trail
. The sign should be well marked. The Eastside Trail
provides lots of technical fast flowing singletrack. There are a few other spurs as you head down the trail and all are well marked and often a fun way to mix it up.
Continue to keep side-cutting the trail and you'll come to Stack Rock Trail
. As you navigate through some old growth trees look for the Sweet Sweet Connie
trail off to the left, overlooking the city of Boise. This is a great spot to catch a few epic photos and take in the valley below. If you want a little extra adventure you can head up Stack Rock Trail
and swing back. It's a great view but a steep climb right at end.
As you drop off from Sweet Sweet Connie
, you'll want to set your dropper down as it is steep and loose with some sketchy rock patches. Continue down the trail and you'll see an intersection with Peggy's Trail
off to the right. Peggy's Trail
is a nice cruiser for the last 5 miles as you work back to your vehicle at Polecat Loop Access
History & Background
Many of these trails were once ridden off grid but due to great collaborative efforts by land management agencies and Rivers to Ridges organization, agreements to use all these trails legally has been a great accomplishment.