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Trail 4

Average Rating:    (3.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Very good hike up to the trailhead. So much change in elevation that you feel cooler at the top. THat translates into killer downhill. Trail 4 is also a motorcycle trail so there are plenty of jumps and bumps. There are parts of the trail that get quite hairy and intense. Part of the way down, there's a fork in the trail, stay right (not sure where the other part goes). At the end of trail 4 is the top of sidewinder. Yet more downhill. P.S. make sure you have good brakes, I've always been able to make mine hiss like hell!
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Latitude
43.67581809328341
Longitude
-116.1474609375
Trail Directions
Go up 8th street for many miles until you come to the tree line. Very definate contrast (you'll know when it changes). There will be a marker and a senic sign to your right. This is the trailhead.
Trail Length
8 at Boise, maybe 4 at trailhead
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Boise
   


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Review Date
March 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: CJHarris208 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail is a perfect for downhillers, there are dirtbikes that ride up and down it. This trail has everything from jumps to berms to open fields to techniqual rock sections. and is very fast pace.

Recommended Route:
Go all the way up 8th street, with truck or jeep, until u find a sign that says trail 4 on it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
hulls gulch is similar, its fast pace rock sections, drops, hips, berms. but watch hikers they can be anal



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Review Date
September 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: 99fusion ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Last time I did this trail it was so jacked from all the motor cycles that ride on it. It's all sand and ruts. If you pick up any speed you will hit a patch of sand and lose control of your steering.

Recommended Route:
Take a time machine back to before this trail got ruined.



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Review Date
May 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: 99fusion ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you want to experience Boise Mtn. Biking but don't have a month to ride everything in the area then this is the trail. It's not Moab, but we like it.

Recommended Route:
I like to go up via 8th street, it's a long winding dirt road that ascends from the outskirts of north Boise. This route up insures you won't collide with people coming down on any of the single track routes you could take. From the bottom of 8th street look up at the ridgeline, that's where you're going. If you're not in good shape you might have more fun doing one of the shorter rides in this area. There's trails all over the foothills. Follow 8th street to the top. A few hundred feet from the ridgeline there's a posted sign, on the right side, that says "trail 4." Follow that. Now there's a little more climbing, mixed with brief descents until you reach an intersection with a sign posted which reminds you that you're still on trail 4. You want to go right here, but before you do you should take a picture of yourself with all the cool scenery in the background, because this is as high as you're going and you can be proud of yourself when you look and see how small Boise looks. I've ridden all the trails in the Boise area and this one is my favorite. It just keeps going down and down and down. The trail is not perfect, there's some sandy areas and if you're up there within a day or two after a rain storm you can expect some deep ruts from the water running down the trail in some areas. I think there's a really good variety of terrain to enjoy on the way down. There's a couple steep rocky areas which might look intimidating, but you should be ok if you've got a good handle on your bike. I like to follow the trail 4 route (there's signs at every alternate route so don't worry about getting lost) until it hits Crestline trail where I go left, then right at Red Cliffs trail which eventually hooks back up with 8th street.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Crestline-sidewinder-trail 4 loop.



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Review Date
November 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: PhychoticMenace ,  Cross Country Rider , from Boise

Summary:
Contrary to other reviews, this trail isn't quite singletrack. It's more like washed out four wheeler track that's super sandy in the dry summer months. It can be quite frustrating trying to go fast in washy sand. Not very much fun until it rains, then it's on. It only has one small jump, but does have many whoops made by motorcycles. Great high speed sweeping turns and a small section of steeper rocky terain. From the Ridge Road you'll spend around 25min.to an hour to get to the bottom of 8th or Camelsback park. I give it a lower rating because it's so dry and washed out most of the summer.

Recommended Route:
Ride 8th St. up to the the Ridge Road, it's about eight miles. When you get to the Ridge Road stay right. Go for another couple miles, you'll ride over a few rolling hills keep your eye out for a trail on your right in a trough. It starts out in the trees taking you into lots of rollers.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
When you come to the top of Sidwinder/4, take 4(to the right)if you want more high speed descending. Just look out for riders, it has a few blind turns and steep embankments if you ride off the trail. Take sidewinder if you want a more mellow route.



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Review Date
September 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rick , from Folsom, Ca

Summary:
This is a great hill climbing training ride. You can ride up as fast as possible for a long time and then bomb down. The only bummer about this ride is that it really isn't very scenic compared to other locations in Idaho and that is why I gave it a medium rating. Good exercise, good practice, but not so interesting for the eyes. This ride is also very popular with the locals which I found fun since the people in the area are really nice. I ended up riding with people both times I did the ride.

Recommended Route:
Up 8th Street....down trail 4. This one is simple to find as long as you keep going up and up and up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I only did this one since it was so easy to find from my down town hotel room.



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