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Banner Ridge

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

The park n ski is a combination of short 3-5 mile loops, mostly single track, that can be connected to form rides of various lengths. The one I like is to park at the outhouse and ride up the road, take the first right, about 200 yards onto the elkhorn loop, a single track. Ride this trail up until you get to the cougar crossing sign. Take the start of the cougar trail and veer right at the fork onto Way-out. When Way-out hits the road instead of continuing right down the road turn left and the single track cougar loop will take off left a little way down this road. Take the cougar loop trail back to the cougar crossing. There is a yurt off to the east of this sign down a unmarked trail that is a nice place to break at this point and enjoy great views of the Sawtooths. Once done continue on the Elkhorn loop not heading down from where you started but taking the only trail you haven't been on from this 4 way crossing. This will take you bask to the fire road. Turn left on the road and ride about 2 miles until you get to a right turn marked "Banner trail" & "Snow Shoe trail." If you don't turn right you can keep going down this road to the car, if you do you can take either of these two snow shoe trails which are awesome free ride drops back down to the car. This loop is about 17 miles and 85% single track. There are about 10 more miles of single track in the area and maps are posted at every trail crossing. All creek crossings have bridges now so early summer riding is fine. These trails are mostly single track set in 6000' forest that is very lush in the summer, they wind through high mountain meadows and dense woods. I have seen bear, elk, dear, and moose while riding these loops. While the technical difficulty is not challenging the scenery and wildlife is more than worth the travel.
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Latitude
44.03688684307137
Longitude
-115.59934616088867
Trail Directions
Take hwy 21 out of Boise and head past Idaho City toward Loman. About 20 miles past Idaho City and 13 miles before Loman you'll arrive at the third park and ski called Banner ridge, watch for sign. There's a parking lot on the left of the road and a fire road and outhouse off toward the right.
Trail Length
5 - 30 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Idaho City/Loman
   


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Review Date
August 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mark123 ,  Weekend Warrior , from Boise, Idaho, USA

Summary:
Most of the trails are beginner to intermediate. I took my wife and daughter, both beginners, on the Elkhorn Loop. They had a great time. The ride is much easier on beginners if you do it in a clockwise direction. This way you do all your climbing on the road and all the descending on the single track. We went up the dirt road to the ridge and continued on past the turnoff for the single-track portion of the Elkhorn Loop and found the road to be a series of fun rolling hills with many more miles to go. We then returned back to the continuation of the Elkhorn Loop and proceeded to the intersection with the Cougar trail. What a nice descent through thick forest, small meadows and distant views. This trail has lots of traffic from deer and elk with plenty of game trail crossing points. Consequently it was a bit rough in spots from all the footprints. More bike traffic would make it a smoother ride. It would be difficult to get lost on these trails with the great maps and trail name markers at every intersection. Because these are primarily ski trials, some of the maps are located so high up on poles it was difficult to read them. They do indicate your current location with the handy “You Are Here” arrows. We plan on combining more rides with some camping at the local facilities. It is very handy to have something like this so close to home. The adventure associated with any new trail always makes it fun.

Recommended Route:
If the other trails are like the ones we did, they should all be enjoyable.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
See this web site for all of the trails in the area http://www.idahorec.org/PDF/Idaho_yurts.pdf



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Review Date
July 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TJ Nichols ,  Weekend Warrior , from Bellingham, WA, USA

Summary:
Trails are short but fun. Nothing terribly technical but you can really open it up and go fast on the downhill sections. In general the riding is very x-country oriented. I ride a Specialized Enduro and felt the whole time like I had too much travel for the kind of riding offered. I was hoping for something more technical but it was fun never the less. One other thing, all the trails have maps at intersections with other trails so it is easy to navigate but the maps are hard to read since they were designed to be read in winter standing on a couple feet of snow. At a couple points I had to stand on my bike while my brother stabilized me to be able to read the maps.



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Review Date
June 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Boise

Summary:
Very good beginner/intermediate riding with the majority of trail either single track or old road dual/single track. Area is closed to motorized. I have only ridden in the N.E. corner of this system, which is where Rich (from original description) describes the ride. Most all the system he describes is in the trees/shade and very user friendly. One hour and fifteen-twenty minutes from Boise and about 62 miles. Well marked with trail maps at every junction. You can pick up info and map at the Parks and Rec. on Warm Springs avenue on your way out of town.

Recommended Route:
Park at Banner Ridge Trail Head. Ride N. up the main road past the kiosk/outhouse for .2 miles. Turn right onto the Elkhorn trail and ride 5.4 miles to Banner Ridge road (N. end of both Elkhorn and Cougar trail system and only road in the area open to motorized.) Turn E. (right) onto Cougar trail/ Banner Ridge road and immediately check out the Yurt on the N. side of the road at the end of a short single track trail. Go E. 1/2 mile and turn S. (right) off of the main vehicle road while staying on the Cougar trail. Ride this abandoned logging road 1 mile to Lehn's loop. Turn W. (right) and in .2 mile turn S. (left) and ride Lehn's loop clockwise for 1 1/2 miles. Be sure and stay on Lehn's loop at the S. end where you will be adjacent to the southern start of the Cougar trail (patience-you'll be back here shortly, but instead will be on the Cougar Trail.) After your 1.5 mile clockwise travel on Lehn's loop, turn W. (left) for .3 miles to the Elkhorn trail, turn S. (left) for .6 miles on Elkhorn until you arrive at the southern start of Cougar trail. Now do Cougar Trail counter-clockwise for 1.7 miles back to the start of Lehn's loop. Turn W. (left) back onto Lehn's loop and ride .2 miles to first junction. Stay right for .4 miles until second junction and stay right again for .3 miles to Elkhorn trail again. Turn N. (right) for .4 miles back to Banner Ridge vehicle road and turn W. (left) staying on Elkhorn loop for .9 miles to Banner Trail. Turn W. (right) and ride on the divide ridge for .4 miles to the first junction. You can go down to your car here or continue W. to either of the next two junctions and go S. (left) and down, back to your car on the Snowshoe trail.
All mileage is taken from Parks and Rec. Banner Ridge trail system map.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pilot's Peak to Idaho City via Bear Run.



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