This is a fun, early-season mountain bike ride to get your legs in shape for longer, steeper rides in the Foothills, or it's just a nice ride in the trails of Northwest Boise where you frequently have a view of the landfill.
This ride links two trails systems that both have relatively short loops and moderate climbs. Riding the two trails gives you about 7.7 miles of riding, most of which is singletrack. Start at the parking lot at Seaman Gulch near the water tank. Ride the loop there, then head down Seaman Gulch to West Hill Road and take it to Dry Creek Cemetery and then take the gravel road below the cemetery, which takes you to another single-track loop. Ride it and head back to Seaman Gulch.
How to get there: Take Hill Road Parkway in Northwest Boise to Seaman Gulch. Park next to the water tower east of Seaman Gulch.
Open to: Bikers and hikers.
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Ideal for: Mountain bikers.
Trailhead elevation: 2,781 feet
Destination elevation: 3,000 feet
Length: 7.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Beginners may struggle up some hills, but they're fairly short.
Out and back or loop: A figure-eight loop.
Wildlife you might see: Quail, deer, foxes, ground squirrels (there's a heck of colony on the trail section behind Dry Creek cemetery).
Notes: If you're coming from Eagle, you can start the ride from the trailhead off Big Springs Boulevard off Old Horseshoe Bend Road.
Information: Check the Ridge to Rivers map or log onto www.ridgetorivers.org.
If you've hiked or biked a trail you'd like to see featured, call Niki Forbing-Orr at (208) 377-6446, or e-mail outdoors@ idahostatesman.com. Articles and photos submitted to The Idaho Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.