Military Reserve - Mountain Biking

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A bit less crowded then the Camel’s Back/Hull’s Gulch trails, the network at Military Reserve offers flowing options for beginners to advanced riders.

Written by

Teresa Bruffey


0.1 miles


Destination Distance From Downtown

1.6 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-3 hours


All Seasons

Early spring through early winter

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




Military Reserve Park is just south of popular Camel’s Back Park and though the two parks offer similar terrain and there are connecting trails between them, Military is often not as busy. The terrain of this Boise Foothills park begins rolling and gently climbs, but gets steeper the further into the park you go. This phenomenal network of trails is part of Ridges to Rivers system and allows endless combinations of different trails for a tailored ride, and also connects with other areas like Camel’s Back to create a long route.

What Makes It Great

Beginning at the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, parallel the road for about a mile along Mountain Cove Trail. When the trail pops out at a low cement bridge, head up the gravel road a short distance to take a left on Three Bears Trail (which cuts right past the Boise Police Department’s shooting range - don't be startled by shots!). Pass through the gate, closing it behind you and starting a long, moderate climb up a wide trail. Topping out, the angle will lessen and eventually force you right down through a creek drainage and up a quick climb on the other side.

Having made a horseshoe turn back towards town, ride through open sage and with panorama views across the city and surrounding valley to the mountains in the west. In the spring, these hills are covered in a changing rainbow of wildflowers.

Take the short connector, Shane’s Trail to Central Ridge and let loose to ride this flowing, fast trail back towards the trailhead. Any one of the many right hand turns will take you back down to Mountain Cove Trail or will stair-step along other trails back to the trailhead. 

Who is Going to Love It

The trails are frequently used and you’ll likely share them with others but if you are looking for a little more space, this might be the perfect spot. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Click here for a map and directions to the Cottonwood Creek Trail.


Military Reserve Mountain Biking

Military Reserve Park
Boise, ID,
43.620093, -116.18247

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