Bogus opens for burgers and beers this weekend

Posted by Roger Phillips on June 6, 2014 

Mountain bikers can escape the valley heat by traveling to Bogus Basin.

ROGER PHILLIPS

Trails are ready for hikers and bikers

— Since Bogus' summer marketing program seems to be unlocking the door and sending out a tweet, I will give them a hand.

"Saturdays and Sundays from 11-4 we'll have new grill items and cold beer on the mtn (sic)," Bogus tweeted.

Okay, here are few more details. The trails around Bogus are in pretty good shape, according to folks I've talked to. The new Around the Mountain trail is almost entirely free of snow. One small patch was lingering midweek, but may be gone by now. There may be a few wet spots. The trails probably haven't been fully maintained yet this year, so you may see some rough spots. 

To get to the new ATM trail, start near Deer Point Chair in front of the Simplot Lodge. Take the Deer Point trail to the connection with Around the Mountain. ATM ends near Pioneer Lodge, and look for the signs to Morning Star Trail to extend your ride on singletrack. ATM is a fun trail, but it's fairly long, 10 to 12 miles depending on how many other trails you link with it.

If you're going below Bogus Basin, Eastside Trail is in good shape and completely dry except for one creek crossing. It's been well used already and is starting to get sandy, so watch your speed on those corners, and beware there are portions of the trail that are starting to slide off on the downhill slope. There's still plenty of trail tread, but if you get off to the side too far you might wash the front tire off the trail. 

Good news for Eastside riders, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley got an easement for the portions of that section of trail that are located on private land. Not much change to the actual trail because people have been using it for years, but you won't have to look over shoulder for trespassing or suffer the guilt of knowing you just did. Lots of folks have been riding that trail for years and probably never realized they were trespassing.

Speaking of the Land Trust, you can join the them and REI and help maintain the trail to Stack Rock on Saturday, June 7. Meet at 8:30 AM Bogus Basin Offices parking area (2594 N Bogus Basin Rd) near Lulu's Pizza to carpool to the trailhead. Come prepared to do some pruning and digging and build erosion prevention dips to make the trail to Stack Rock more sustainable. Bring your lunch. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and digging. Tools and Gloves will be provided. For details, contact@lttv.org, 345-1452

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