Bogus Basin Road - Cycling

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A road that has been the training ground for Olympians, this 29-mile roundtrip ride climbs 3,500 feet to the Bogus Basin Ski Area.

Written by

Teresa Bruffey


29.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

2.5 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

2-4 hours


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Topographical Map

Bogus Basin Road Cycling Map



Several years ago, an 8-mile section of Bogus Basin Road was named the “Kristin Armstrong Bikeway,” (KAB) in honor of the Boise native who won gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Though this route has helped train racers into Olympians, it is also a favorite local ride for those bikers whose goals are to simply stay fit, prep for a local century, or test their mettle on one of the area's most iconic rides.

What Makes It Great

The ride along Harrison Blvd to the official base of the KAB at Bogus Basin Road and Curling Drive provides a pleasant warm-up before the thigh- and lung-burning challenge of the hill. From here, Bogus Basin Road steadily climbs 14.5 miles up nearly 3,500’ to the base of Bogus Basin Ski Area with only a few breaks for recovery along the way. Two rest sections of flat or slightly down come and go quickly before the 5-mile mark; the third rest is near the top of the ride when the false flat descent plays tricks on the mind.

Bogus Basin Road is narrow and winding. Most drivers are aware and conscientious of bikes on the road and provide comfortable space as they pass. Be mindful around blind corners that a vehicle might have trouble seeing you and ride happy by riding aware of your surroundings. 

Who is Going to Love It

Whether you take it hard and fast or slow and steady, any rider who reaches the summit should feel proud of their accomplishment. The steep part might only be 14.5 miles, but they are hard earned miles; and so is the exhilarating down hill from the summit! 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Click here for directions to the starting point, at N. Bogus Basin Rd. and W. Curling Dr.


Bogus Basin Road

Bogus Basin Rd and W. Curling Dr
Boise, ID,
43.65116, -116.19462

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