Mountain Bike 'Around the Mountain' at Bogus Basin

Idaho Bogus Basin

  • Activities:

    Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    9.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1450 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Rip just over nine miles of single track on one of the best all-around mountain bike trails in Idaho. Single tracks like this is the reason why you got into mountain biking in the first place. 

'Around the Mountain' is a local mountain bike favorite in Boise. To get there, head up Bogus Basin Road for the full 16 miles until you get to the ski parking lot. Park in the line of cars facing the ski slope. 

Once you've checked your bike and you're ready to ride, take the trail that begins just under the ski lift. This trail is called Deer Point. Deer Point climbs for a ways before reaching the start of Around the Mountain but is never super steep. In all, the elevation gain is around 1,450' and the first twenty minutes covers most of this climb.

Trail signs for Around the Mountain will tell you when you've reached the correct single track. You'll have to cross over a few brown beams towards the top that protect riders from barreling through dirt roads. If you catch the trail in the springtime, this is where the view is the best because of the blooming wildflowers.

The AoM single track takes you through dense forest, through berm combos, over creeks and bridges, and past unique rock formations. Beginner riders should use caution as there are some dangerous obstacles throughout the ride. 

Once Around the Mountain transitions towards the bottom of the mountain, do yourself a favor and jump on the bottom trail called Morningstar. Wooden features highlight this short trail and it eventually spits you back out into the parking lot.

Lift service occasionally runs during the summer months at Bogus Basin. Catch Bogus earlier in the season for cooler temperatures and a greener landscape. As always, be sure to be respectful on the trails and yield to uphill riders.

Happy riding!

Pack List

  • Mountain bike!
  • Helmet (safety first)
  • Hydration pack
  • Trail map
  • Snacks
  • Long sleeved shirt in case temps are cold on the mountain
  • Tube changing gear
  • Don't forget to bring the stoke
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I am not the best mtn biker, nor have I been on all the trails that this amazing area has to offer. I ride mainly in the foothills, and often struggle to feel motivated in the desert heat. Around the mountain was a big enough elevation gain (it's on a ski hill) to drop a few degrees and provide some amazing views! There's also lots of cover, which helped with the sun as well. The terrain was challenging and engaging, and had lots of variety. I look forward to riding it again!

8 days ago
8 days ago

A beautiful trail around Bogus Basin. A great trail for all riders. Took me an hour and a half.

about 1 month ago
about 1 month ago

I've only been riding up here one time but man was it awesome... we had someone drop us off in the parking lot, explored this trail for awhile (have yet to get back to complete it..) and then we rode down the main road, eventually riding from Bogus Basin road to Hyde park via Corrals... For those with a day to kill I highly recommend the drop off and go explore method!!

10 months ago
10 months ago

I've spoken with the Ridge to Rivers management team and they all agree this is the best trail in the foothills. Good series of ups and downs and the views are great all around. Nice shots!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Dusty KleinExplorer

Boise is home base. @dustykleiner

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