The narrow canyon along the Payette River and Highway 55, heading north begins to open up near Cascade and offers access to a hidden gem of a mountain bike trail with a super 6-mile stretch of packed single track. An anomaly in this whitewater mecca, Eagle’s Nest is the only single track in the small town of Cascade and is well worth the 2,000’ elevation gain, because riders are rewarded with a fun, flowing descent.
What Makes It Great
A great trail for escaping the heat of summer in Boise, Eagle’s Nest winds along a well maintained trail through a pine forest with healthy and lush underbrush. Soak up the views and enjoy the cooler temps of this higher elevation loop.
From the parking spot at the old weigh station on Warm Lake Road, ride up Warm Lake just over 2 miles to Forest Service Road #400 with a signed train marker for Eagle’s Nest. Turn left and begin the long climb up an old fire road. Views of the valley open up around you offering a bit of a distraction from the steady up, up, and up. The climb stretches steadily for nearly 8 miles and offers a few stair-steps that ease off the incline for brief breaks.
When you cross trail #111, after having kept right at two separate trail intersections, go left. With a good burst of power, climb a short and steep incline; your fun is about to begin.
The long descent may have a couple uphills thrown in to keep you on your toes, but this 6-mile flowing roller coaster-like single track is pure fun. You’ll want to keep an eye out for a few soft, sandy spots that can sneak up after tight corners and threaten to wash you out. You’ll also want to watch out for bugs—this ride is sure to put a big grin on your face—be sure you’re not catching them in your smile!
Near the end of the trail, a few rocky technical sections test your skill after you’ve burned up the power of your quads. Passing a few private properties near the end, you’ll wind up popping out across the road from the weigh station.
Who is Going to Love It
This trail is perfect for an intermediate rider - watch out for the few technical sections and some sandy areas!
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Start your ride at the old weigh station on Warm Lake Road, off Highway 55 in Cascade.