I have a pretty good idea why it's called the Cobb Trail. I bet someone rode it and said "That's rougher than a cob," and the name stuck with a little change to the spelling. This is an intermediate/expert ride, but a great way to tune up for the mountains. It's steep going up and rough coming down. If you're in shape, you're going to fly up Homestead Trail because it's basically a road, and if you're technically proficient or have a downhill-oriented bike, you're going to love coming down the single-track Cobb Trail. The uphill is about 3.5 miles, so it might hurt, but it won't kill you. Because the uphill is steep and the downhill rough, it keeps a lot of folks away, but still keep your eyes open for other trail users.
Trail of the Week
Open to: Bikers, hikers, horse riders.
Ideal for: A strenuous and challenging mountain bike ride.
Trailhead elevation: About 2,800 feet.
Destination elevation: About 4,100 feet.
Length: About 10 miles total, including the ride on Warm Springs Avenue to get back to your starting point.
Difficulty: Tough, but manageable for experienced riders.
Out and back or loop: Loop.
Wildlife you might see: Deer, quail, raptors, meadowlarks, warblers.
Information: Check out the Ridge to Rivers Web site at www.ridgetorivers.org or check out "Mountain Biking in Boise" by Steve Stuebner.
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