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Bogus Basin designates trail for downhill biking only

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has designated Morning Star trail as a bikes-only, downhill-only route for safety reasons.

The trail is the traditional end to the popular Around the Mountain trail. Morning Star also has become the most popular bike trail at Bogus, General Manager Brad Wilson said.

Bogus also has added some optional riding features to Morning Star, which is 1.7 miles and descends more than 600 feet.

“It’s just not conducive to hiking and biking and equestrians,” Wilson said.

Bogus Basin made the change last weekend. The restriction was designed primarily with weekends in mind because that’s when the chairlift is running. Signs at the entrances to Morning Star lets users know about the rule.

Signs are planned to direct hikers and runners to other trails for their descent to Simplot Lodge.

The recommended route for hikers and runners is the Pioneer trail, which is the least popular for bikers, to the Bogus Creek trail. That’s about 1.6 miles. Other options for foot traffic include Sunshine/Shindig/Bogus Creek (about 1.3 miles) and Brewer’s Byway/Shindig/Bogus Creek (about 2.5 miles).

Around the Mountain is a 7-mile trail. It’s accessed by covering 1 mile of the Deer Point trail from Simplot Lodge and ends at the top of the Morning Star lift. From there, users must choose a route back to Simplot. The total route is nearly 10 miles.

Around the Mountain is the subject of next week’s Playing Outdoors cover story. It will be published Wednesday in print and online.

Sawtooth National Forest adds fire restrictions

The Sawtooth National Forest has joined the Boise National Forest in placing restrictions on fires. You can get the full details here. Campfires are still allowed within designated recreation sites as long as they utilize an agency-provided fire ring/structure. Propane grills also are allowed.

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