Hiking & Trails

Boise Ridge Road (Hilly and and rough)

It's close. It's not groomed. It's wide open to several uses. And it's wild.

The Boise Ridge Road off Harris Creek Summit near Horseshoe Bend is an adventure in the Boise Mountains for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

Yes, you've all got to get along together on one trail.

The snow-covered road goes south from Harris Creek Summit for about 6 miles before it ends at Mores Mountain and Bogus Basin's groomed Nordic trail system.

The Ridge Road is not a designated trail; it is just a snow-covered road. You're basically on your own, but that's the fun of it.

HOW TO GET THERE: Go north from Boise on Idaho 55 to Horseshoe Bend. Turn southeast on the Harris Creek Road. Go 13 miles to the summit and take off on the Boise Ridge Road.

Open to: Snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

Ideal for: Snowshoeing. It's rough for other uses.

Trailhead elevation: 5,195 feet

Destination elevation: As high as 6,000 feet, depending on how far you go.

Length: Up to 6 miles.

Difficulty: It's hilly and and rough; ungroomed snow.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Maybe a bird here or there.

Notes/bathrooms: Plowed parking. No restrooms. Harris Creek Road is icy. Watch for logging trucks.

Information: Check out a Boise National Forest map.

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.

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