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  • Writer's pictureJenna King

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN BOISE FOR BEGINNERS

If you’ve ever dreamed of conquering the trails on a mountain bike, there’s no better place to do so than Boise! The City of Trees has miles and miles of mountain biking trails for expert and novice riders to conquer.


Polecat Loop

The Polecat Trail system contains more than seven miles of singletrack trails that wind through the city. You’ll be able to catch some breathtaking views of the Treasure Valley and the Boise ridegeline, but you also might spot some wildlife including deer, coyotes, and eagles.


Beginner mountain bikers will find these trails have relatively easy grades.

The longest and the most popular loop is Polecat Loop Trail, a 5.8 mile loop. If you’re searching for a shorter ride, then combine part of Polecat Loop with Doe Ridge Trail or Quick Draw Trail. Want a longer option? Add on Peggy’s Trail and Chukar Butte Trail.


Around the Mountain at Bogus Basin

You’ll find all kinds of users on the Around the Mountain trail—hikers, bikers, photographers. Around the Mountain is a 6.4 mile loop that encircles the Bogus Basin Ski Resort.


You’ll encounter some switchbacks and have to ascend the mountain in areas, but you’ll also find some great areas with plenty of shade and water. This is an incredibly popular trail, so make sure that you always conquer it counterclockwise, especially on busier days!


The trail takes you across ski runs and you’ll even be able to catch a glimpse of Idaho City and the Sawtooths on the backside.


Sidewinder

If you’d rather test your fitness with a short, intense trail, head to the Sidewinder. A couple of steep climbs highlight this trail, but the reward is completely worth it as there is plenty of great views and fun downhill as the payoff for hard work. This 1.3 mile trail can become crowded, so you’ll want to ride it during less busy times of the day like early in the morning.


How to Begin Mountain Biking

Want to join the world of mountain biking, but unsure where to start? Boise offers numerous places where you can either take a class or join a community of mountain bikers.


Cycle Right MTB provides mountain biking clinics for beginners or those who want to expand their skills. There’s also the option for scheduling a private clinic, whether it’s just you or you and a few friends.


Boise Bike Academy also offers clinics, but you have the option to continue your education through consistent coaching as well.


The Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association (SWIMBA) is an organization dedicated to preserving mountain biking trails and advocating for riders. This organization focuses on education and puts on fun events for community members to enjoy.


These are just a few suggestions of where to start your mountain biking adventure in Boise! If you love to hit the trails, leave a comment below with some of your favorite spots.


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