North American Bike Park Review Tour
BOGUS BASIN BIKE PARK
After 2 weeks of shredding bike parks in Utah and Colorado, our crew was happy to be on the road back to Bend, Oregon. We were in desperate need of a few days of R&R, but, being the gluttons we are, we decided to spend a few days at Bogus Basin as we pulled into Boise, Idaho. We’d seen very little about the mountain and didn’t quite know what to expect and figured most of you don’t know much about it either. Well, here’s the low down.
Bogus Basin is a non-profit mountain that puts any profits toward charitable causes and improving the mountain, which we think is really cool. The trails at Bogus Basin aren’t going to satisfy the most agro of DH fiends but are still fun in small doses. We’d say the trails at Bogus are best described as flowy, low grade and mellow for the most part.
Riders have a number of options when it comes to green and blue trails, however there are only two black diamonds and one double-black diamond called G19. Most of the trails are multi-use trails and multi-directional, which means you could skip the affordable lift ticket price and opt for a pedal up to the top. It seems most people we saw going uphill were pedaling Around the Mountain, which is a nearly ten mile trail that offers beautiful views, and lots of fun corners. We preferred going downhill and taking the lift up, but we saw quite a few people out for longer XC rides.
The dirt at Bogus is definitely slippery! Although the trails were the easiest ones of our Bike Park Tour so far, we definitely had some of the scariest moments here as the speeds are high and the surprisingly silty, loose turns can lure you in. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got some fresh rubber to keep your tires planted when the dirt gets dry at Bogus Basin.
Despite the trails being pretty mellow for the most part, we had a lot of fun shredding our trail bikes at Bogus. We liken the experience of riding here like taking a chairlift to pristine backcountry trails. Some of our favorite trails weren’t more than 18 inches wide and meandered through beautiful green fields, through trees and around natural obstacles. We felt more like we were in the middle of nowhere than a bike park.
If you are looking for some more technical trails, Shindig, Tempest and G19 are your best bets. Berm, Baby, Berm and Morning Star are also pretty fun trails and we enjoyed riding those quite a bit. However, despite having plenty of signed trails, many of them are right around the one mile mark in length, so, the amount of time one needs to spend at Bogus isn’t much. We’d originally planned on staying to ride 2.5 days as filming always takes longer than expected. By the end of our first full day we already decided that we’d be done by lunch the following day.
We rode almost every trail and figured another half a day would be sufficient time to explore this new mountain. Although it’s fun, it just wasn’t quite the bike park experience we were expecting. There is a lot of pedaling to be had if you want it, so we highly suggest bringing a trail or enduro bike instead of a DH rig.