Bogus Basin offers a nice trail system that features great trails and better views. Hiking, trail running, and mountain biking are all popular activities in the area.
What Makes It Great
From the Pioneer Lodge parking area, jog back towards the cement patio/former tennis court to reach the “trailhead.” Head up the steep Lodge Trail, feeling the lung-busting increase in elevation from Boise (2,700’) to around 6,400’. Take a right at the intersection of Tempest Trail, and continue up Tempest as it climbs. This soft-packed, singletrack trail evens out and gently traverses the mountainside, offering great views of the valley as you run past wildflowers in bloom. A popular mountain biking trail, its likely you’ll see one or two riders along the way.
Connecting with the Deer Point Trail, continue up eventually taking a left up Cabin Traverse cat track road. The pitch increases and the climb becomes more work as the trail closes in on Shafer Butte Lookout. Pause to catch your breath at the top and take in the views beyond the Superior Lift to the valley stretching out below in all directions. This is a great run to do in the evening, planning to reach the lift to watch colors change during sunset (just be sure to pack a headlamp).
Run down the steep Packing Trail or reconnect with the Tempest Trail; both trails bring you back to the Lodge Trail and down to the parking area. Crack open the cooler and enjoy an well-earned soda or brew.
Who is Going to Love It
This isn't an easy run, but it's not technical, so it will challenge advanced runners on the uphill, but is possible for beginner trail runners as well.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
While temps are cooler than in the valley, it can still be quite warm and there aren’t creeks or streams. Bring water for you and your pup.
These trails all connect with others; connect more to extend the run, or tighten up the loop for a shorter outing. Pick up the Ridge to Rivers Shafer Butte Trails map at any local gear shop.