Red Cliffs to Lower Hulls Gulch Loop - Mountain Biking

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Summary

Within the Ridges-to-Rivers trail system, this loop offers flowing cross-country single track, a few leg-burning climbs and gorgeous views across the valley.

Written by

Teresa Bruffey

Distance

10.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

1.2 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-3 hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly

Yes

Yes – mostly off-leash though dogs must be leashed in designated areas including parking lots and on Camel’s Back Trails.

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

A convenient 10-15 minute ride or short drive from nearly all of the city’s surrounding neighborhoods, Camel’s Back Park is a gateway into the Ridge to Rivers trail system. With hundreds of miles of trail in 80,000 acres of land, this Boise Foothills trail system is a crown jewel of the city. 

What Makes It Great

On a warm spring evening, riding the Red Cliffs to Lower Hulls Gulch Loop is an unbeatably fun end of the day. From the south end of Camel’s Back, pick up the trail behind the tennis courts. This is a major entry point into the Reserve so be prepared to share the trail. Under wonderful shade of tall, rustling trees (also the home to resident owls) ride Gold Finch to Owl’s Roost Trails, which offer a good warm-up. 

The turn up steep Red Cliffs Trail gets quads burning and while no game ender, this first climb requires commitment – or a quick shift into granny gear. The dramatic panorama views of the vast green valley below bisected by the Boise River and edged by the Owyhee Mountains dominates the steady, moderate climb up to Crestline Trail.

After an exhilarating descent to a bridge at the top of Lower Hulls Gulch, the ride switches from rolling sand-dirt to more technical, creek-side terrain. There are two gigantic trail-hogging boulder features along the way that all but the most advanced rider will want to walk– you cannot miss these. Winding along a gurgling seasonal creek, this portion of the trail can be ridden fast with sharp skill, or taken slow while brushing off winter’s cobwebs.  

Insider tip: In spring and early summer when temps hit sweat-inducing highs, the creek crossing at the Lower Hulls Gulch / Crestline junction offers a great opportunity for head dunking.

Who is Going to Love It

This route has some technical sections and can be tricky to maneuver. It's recommended for intermediate to advanced riders.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Remember trail etiquette: Bikers yield to all others. Downhill riders yield to uphill. Be a trail steward – don’t ride when trails are muddy and vulnerable to a trashing by tires. The trail is also rideable in winter for hearty souls who don't mind bitter temps and occasional snow. 

Boise Foothills Trails Conditions posts daily trail updates on Facebook and Ridges To Rivers details the area’s bike etiquette.

Location

Red Cliffs to Lower Hulls Gulch Loop

N 13th Street and Heron St
Boise, ID, 83702
43.633699, -116.203354

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