Yet another sweet motorcycle trail. If you've ridden BANNOCK CREEK DIVIDE and you liked it, you're going to love this one. Again, banked turns, roller coaster bumps and plenty of technical surprises to keep you focused. After starting your descent, you will hit your first road in about 3-3 1/2 miles. Cross it and continue down to the next road. If you cross it and continue on trail, be sure to turn right a little further down to bring you back up to the main trail. If you choose to skip the down and up, just turn right on this second road and ride 1/4 mile or less until you pick up the trail coming up and crossing the road to your right. Get back on and soon encounter a massive downed tree on the trail. Go around and continue. Cross the next road and have some fun. In the saddle a little further, cross the next road and shoot up the last major grunt (short.) In a couple miles (or less) the trail, on the ridge now, will dump you onto a road, but immediately you will pick up the trail on your right and continue back onto the ridge. Further on, you will find yourself on a road again. Immediately you will have the option of going right and down on a sweet looking single track in much darker volcanic soils. Don't do it this time. Stay on the road another 100 feet and pick up the ridge again and continue down. One more decision coming at you real soon: trails going left and right. Take the one on the right as it immediately drops down and to the right and around either side of a tree. Soon you will be in dark volcanic soils and rocks (not light granites). You are close to the bottom, and if you pick wisely from any options, you will come out within 100 yards of your car.
Follow the directions for BANNOCK RIDGE DIVIDE trail in the August 4, 2003 review by Poacher to mile 7 1/4 (6100 feet.) Instead of turning left at this point, continue up the main road past the next junction (6240 ft), and on up to the next junction (6565 feet on the Rabbit Creek Summit 7 1/2 minute quad.) At this point turn right (West) on the highest fire road in the head of the Bannock Creek burn and ride out into the old burn 1/2+ mile where you will pick up the beginning of the single track heading back down to your car.
Reviewed by: poacher
Cross Country Rider
, from Boise
Summary: This ride rocks: possibly the best in the area (including Boise foothills and Bogus.) Between this ride and the BANNOCK RIDGE DIVIDE ride, you can appreciate what backcountry riding is all about. These rides are in the trees and mostly follow their respective ridges down. Lots of varied terrain with minimal roots and rocks.
The fact that you ascend through the bottom of Bannock Creek, you get a laid back warm-up/approach to start off. After 4 1/2 miles, you leave the creek bottom and ascend on road 203 the rest of the way. This road is in very good repair, which is in your favor as you will now put an additional 1600 feet of vertical under you as you breeze (heh, heh) up to the top.
Recommended Route: If you have two cars, follow the directions for BANNOCK CREEK DIVIDE and do the shuttle to Rabbit Creek Summit. Park and follow the ride directions to the old Bannock Creek road. Instead of turning right and down at this point, turn left and up for 1/2+ mile to the ridge and four way junction with Meadow Creek road and Thorn Creek Butte road (6565 feet.) The road/single track going to your right out into the old burn (west) immediately prior to the junction is your trailhead. The downhill begins within 1/2 mile when you gain the western ridge (6600+ feet.)
With only one car, follow the directions in this rides Trail Directions. Be sure and have the appropriate maps with you: 7 1/2 minute series U.S.G.S. Quads-Idaho City and Rabbit Creek Summit.