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    Please name your two favorite 2 hour rides right outside of Boise.

    I'm heading out to Driggs/Victor/Jackson from Bend, OR later this week and will have time to ride en route each direction, so Boise seems like an obvious choice.

    What are your two favorite 2 hour rides not too far off the interstate?

    Or, is there a trail you like off of highway 20, maybe near Anderson Ranch reservoir? Going that route would only take marginally longer than the interstate so I could go that way.

    Edit: I guess Sun Valley wouldn't be too far off track. Would you head up that way if you had the time?

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    For quickness off the interstate, you can't beat the Boise foothills.
    Five Mile or Orchard to Watchman and Three Bears, all from Shane's trail in the lower foothills might be 2 hours.
    Unfortunately, there are so many short trails lower down that directions for the upper trails are often pretty contrived - you can approach them from many different ways, but the main parking is at Camel's Back Park, or Military Reserve Park, both at the edge of the foothills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap View Post
    For quickness off the interstate, you can't beat the Boise foothills.
    Five Mile or Orchard to Watchman and Three Bears, all from Shane's trail in the lower foothills might be 2 hours.
    Unfortunately, there are so many short trails lower down that directions for the upper trails are often pretty contrived - you can approach them from many different ways, but the main parking is at Camel's Back Park, or Military Reserve Park, both at the edge of the foothills.

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    In Pocatello there's a couple different options. Slate Mountain/W. Gibson is a great loop, but probably about 3 hours. City Creek to Over the Top might be more like 2.

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    In boise, park at bogus basin road, climb hard guy and get back down dry creek, awesome ride, probably little over 2hrs though, another option is park at 8th street/sunset motorcycle parking lot, climb the fire road or corrals/scott then road all the way to boise ridge, get back down trail #4 all the way back to the parking lot, or you can take trail #4 then #6 and fat tire traverse back to #4 and the parking lot.

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    What type of riding do you want?
    Pocatello is definitely chunkier then Boise riding for the most part.

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    Thanks everyone. Shark, mostly I was looking for easy access from the interstate. I like most all riding but I could use some chunk. What trail(s) do you suggest?

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    My fav's around Pocatello this summer:
    Both only 10 mins from I-15. (lots of info on trailforks and/or mtbproject apps)
    - climb Slate Mt - Elk - descend Gibson Jack.
    - Sterling Justice out n back (great views of town, narrow at top)

    This one was about 15-20 mins to get to, and about 2 hours depending how fast you climb, awesome views from the top.
    - up East fork, down Crestline. (see Crestline classic on mtbp)

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    Thank you.

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    I had planned on riding near Pocatello on my way out to Jackson but by the time I got close I was too eager to get to my destination to stop. On the way home this morning however, I rode in the Boise foothills (after sleeping in the back of my car out in the middle of nowhere). What a nice trail network to have so close to town! I climbed up Mountain Cove > Bucktail > Shane's Trail > Three Bears to the Watchman intersection then ran out of time and turned it around. It was so foggy and wet up top today, making visibility very short. I could see returning some other time to really explore that network. You all are fortunate. Thanks for pointing me towards it!

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