Friday, May 5, 2017

Outskirts Of Boise Idaho Area Mountain Biking Ride

Last edited on May 5, 2017

The Boise Foothills are a well-known area for mountain biking. However, if you truly want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some dramatic scenery, heading 35-70 miles to the southeast can pay off. I went on "dirt road" ride on Thursday, May 4, 2017, and it was quite nice. No cars, no people and a lot of birds and a few deer.

1,000 feet above the South Fork of the Boise River on a mountain bike

Dixie Cutoff Road / Forest Service Road 164/164A

I'm just getting into shape and this eight mile, 1,050-foot elevation gain/loss ride on a dirt road located about one hour from downtown Boise was enjoyable, thigh-burning and a good start to what I hope is a long mountain biking season in my little neck of the Idaho wilds.

The entire ride was done on Boise National Forest Service Road 164/164A. Road 164A is a road that basically hangs 1,000 feet above the South Fork of the Boise River. It also follows the Little Camas irrigation canal for quite awhile. The scenery down, out, over and up is pretty darn dramatic, making this ride memorable.

Map Of Ride

Ride Information

  • Total Distance: 8.3 miles
  • Configuration: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 4,554 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 4,917feet
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,051/1,054 feet
  • Road Surface: Dirt and gravel very suitable to "just back on the bike after many years" type of riders.
  • Facilities: None
  • Location of Trailhead: 43.313733, -115.545583 or the intersection of Prairie Cutoff Road and Dixie Cutoff Road. 
  • Bike: Cannondale SM700
  • Link To Photos:

High point on the ride was just over 4,900 feet

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Originally published on May 5, 2017.


Tim Bondy
Freelance Writer & Citizen Journalist

I am currently a proud citizen journalist, aka "enemy of the American People!"

P.S. Mountain Home, Idaho is a town in decline. If you are traveling to the mountain biking destination highlighted in this story, I recommend buying all supplies, equipment, food and drink in Boise, Twin Falls or Fairfield.

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