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A great loop with big climbs and awesome views.


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14.1

Miles

22.7

KM

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Singletrack

5,532' 1,686 m

High

3,462' 1,055 m

Low

2,211' 674 m

Up

2,212' 674 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Overview

Definitely lots of up, with some technical rocky terrain in spots - this ride takes you from the high desert all the way up into the pines of Boise National Forest.

Need to Know

Snow can still be trudged through up high on north-facing slopes as of late April.

Description

Overall this loop has a lot to offer, it's worth starting early to beat the crowds that swarm up dry creek. Definitely lots of up, with some technical rocky terrain in spots.

You'll start out on Dry Creek headed up. It's not too steep, but it's a consistent climb up to Shingle Creek. From there, it's a heck of a climb, with steep sections and tight switchbacks. It's a narrow trail with rocks to pick your way through, then heading into the pine trees towards the top. Pick your way back to Dry Creek and then enjoy the descent you worked for.

The descent is smooth but steep in spots, with countless creek crossings. Be prepared to get your feet a little wet or ride the log bridges across! It's pretty technical, and very fun. The other great thing is that for some reason the trees extend about 2000 feet lower than on most other local trails, providing shade and making this an excellent choice on a hotter day.

If you're looking for a ride that makes you feel like you did something, and back before the afternoon - this is it.

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Katie McKinstry

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 8 votes

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Riding in the pines is a nice contrast to most Boise trails.
Mar 28, 2015 near Boise, ID
Riding uphill (east) and about to enter the trees on the Shingle Creek Trail.
Mar 28, 2015 near Boise, ID
The narrow singletrack on the Dry Creek descent.
May 26, 2017 near Boise, ID
Dry Creek and my Santa Cruz. The Dry Creek descent is amazing.
May 26, 2017 near Boise, ID
Lots of creek crossings on the anything-but Dry Creek Trail
May 11, 2013 near Boise, ID
This is the turn for Shingle Creek Trail.  Stay right if you want to ride Dry Creek.
May 11, 2013 near Boise, ID

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Oct 28, 2022
Matt England
Super fun loop! Patchy to consistent snow above 4500' on north facing or other shaded slopes. Never more than 1" deep.
Oct 10, 2020
Thomas Hindman
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