Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area’s drive to increase summer recreation will get a boost from the Bogus Basin Hill Climb, which will be run Saturday. The 44th annual cycling event has partnered with the recreation area for the first time. Event sponsor George’s Cycles will contribute $25 from each entry to Bogus Basin to help the ski area improve its bike offerings.
The Around the Mountain trail at Bogus Basin has been rated the No. 1 mountain bike trail in Idaho. But it appeals to runners and hikers, too — forcing user groups to learn how to share the scenic trail.
At issue is part of the 1964 Wilderness Act that restricts use of “mechanical transport” — bikes, all-terrain vehicles and cars — in more than 100 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. It’s the only blanket ban on bicycling in the federal public lands system.
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area near Boise has signed the Morning Star trail for downhill, bike traffic only for safety reasons. The trail is the traditional end of Around the Mountain, the No. 1-rated mountain bike trail in the state.