If my friends come to town and want to go on a mountain bike ride, odds are good this is the one I will take them on. Corrals is a classic Foothills trail, and what makes it so much fun is the variety. There's some thigh-burning climbs, but they aren't too long. There's some semi-technical downhill riding (watch those babyheads and waterbars), but not too bad. On the lower end, Corrals will bring you back to Boise on a fast cruise down Freeway, a scenic ride through Lower Hulls, or down the bouncy, technical Bob's trail.
You can also do a short hiking loop or a fun little trail run on the upper end of Corrals.
How to get there: Go 2.8 miles up Bogus Basin Road to the first trailhead if you're riding a bike, or go another .2 miles to the parking lot if you are driving to the trail. Hike the 1-mile loop from one trailhead to the other, then return to your starting point on Bogus Basin Road. Bikers use Corrals Trail to link to other trails in the lower Foothills, then return to their starting point by riding up Bogus Basin Road.
Open to: Hikers, bikers, horses.
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Ideal for: Short hikes or longer mountain bike rides.
Trailhead elevation: 3,400 feet.
Destination elevation: 4,200 feet, highest point.
Length: About one mile hiking loop or 12-mile bike loop.
Difficulty: Easy hiking, moderate to difficult climbs and descents for mountain bikers.
Out and back or loop: Loops.
Wildlife you might see: Deer, quail, songbirds, coyotes.
Notes/bathrooms: There are bathrooms at the upper trailhead.
Information: Ridge to Rivers trailmap or www.ridgetorivers.org.
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