Lower Hulls Gulch - TRAIL

Lower Hulls Gulch - Trail, Boise, Idaho

Technical, occasionally difficult single track that winds up a canyon with a creek usually on your right. Couple water crossings, one carry spot. Intimidating and maybe dangerous for beginners, but lots of fun and work for intermeds on up.

User Reviews (22)

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Rojogrande   Weekend Warrior [Sep 27, 2006]

Was in town on business but wanted to sample some of Boise's famous mtn bike trails. Rented bikes from Bike's to Boards, Dave took good care of us. We took off from downtown straight up 8th St for about 10 minutes until it turned into a dirt road. Dave recommended trail 39a to 28 to 4 which is the route we took to get to the top which is a nice little climb. The are trail maps everywhere. Then we bombed down the single track of Lower Hulls Gulch which was awesome! Very nicely designed and well maintained trail. It probably helped that there was a light rain that night to compact everything slightly. We did run into a few hikers with their dogs but nothing that slowed us down too much. Of course it was Thursday morning so I'm sure traffic was light. What a great mtn bike playground minutes from town. I'm jealous!

Customer Service

8th St turns into a dirt road. Parking lot on the right, about 1/2 mile up. Trail map there.

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4
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3
Mac5   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2006]

I was up above this trail on the ridge with my brothers, and we looked down and saw a couple of guys bustin' down the trail along the creek, hootin' and hollerin'. So, we knew we had to give it a shot. So, the next week, this is where we came. It was a bit more work to ride up than we were hoping for, especially in the heat of summer in the Boise foothills. There were a lot of people on the trail, going both directions. I guess that is to be expected on a Saturday morning. The ride up was almost too much for both of my brothers (they are just starting this summer to get into mtn biking, and both need to get in better shape).

But, overall, it is not too difficult. The sandy single track can be annoying and sometimes tricky, and there are some patches of rocks that can be a little more difficult to manuever, both when climbing up and when bombing down. Going up, the trail becomes narrower and a bit steeper near the top. Once at the top, we turned around and began the fun part of the trail.... going down! Lots of fun! But, be careful of the many other users of the trail. Next time, we'll take two cars so we can just shuttle up to the top, and then just have fun on the way back down!

Customer Service

If you want a workout, you must start at the bottom of the trail, and head all the way to the top. But, if you just want some fun downhillin', shuttle to the top (2-3 miles up 8th Street after it turns to dirt road) and head on down. The trail is only 2-3 miles, so you can even shuttle up to the top more than once in less than an hour.

Similar Products Used: All of the Ridge to River trails are about the same.... Hot on summer days, with no shade, but still plenty fun.
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3
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4
99fusion   Cross Country Rider [May 08, 2005]

This trail is awesome, but I rarely ride it because it's usually cluttered with joggers, bikers, people taking their dog for a walk. It's not too advanced, a good trail to take a new MTBer. It's the first trail my brother took me on when I started and I was hooked. I dread riding this trail now, though, because of all the traffic. When a trail is this accessable it's only natural that you can't have it all for yourself. Your best bet is to go during the day when everyone is at work and all the kids are in school.

Customer Service

Park at Camelsback park. Leave the parking lot, go around the tennis courts, to the right side of the hill where Red Fox trail begins. This trail will cross 8th street after about a mile, cross the road and that's where Hulls Gultch begins. Go up that until you hit the crestline junction. Go back the way you came. Be sure to stop for everyone on your way back down or they will get angry. It's a good ride for the average couch potatoe who's looking for a starting point to get in shape.

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3
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2
freerider16   Downhiller [Sep 28, 2004]

Not to bad just dont go up it for your first time with pros unless your good or you might get lost not to bad and at the end you can see a red cliff that I love jumping off ps Im kind of dumb when Im on my bike . easy just dont go to fast or you will slide off and do something you dont want to. Dont use a freeride bike with pro cross country riders it sucks.

Customer Service

any way pure fun

Similar Products Used: any that is fast
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4
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3
jode   Weekend Warrior [May 28, 2004]

Leave your mountain bike at home - trail easily doable on a road bike. Ride this trail if you are new to mountain biking or if you can't think of anything better to do.

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1
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3
closer   Weekend Warrior [May 03, 2004]

First trail I rode since moving to Boise. Lots of fun! Not too difficult--this was the first real mountain biking I have done in a long time, and I had no difficulty with it. This trail gets a lot of traffic from both bikers and runners. Consequently, it's not a good place to go bombing downhill. Save that for the lesser used trails. One point of clarification: there has been some discussion of whether or not this trail is open to bikers. The Lower Hulls Gulch trail, which is being reviewed here, is open to bikes. The Hulls Gulch Interpretive trail (which is above this trail; trailhead off of 8th street) is pedestrian only.

Customer Service

As described.

Similar Products Used: Still exploring...
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4
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2
boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2004]

Hulls gulch is intermediate 100% of the way. It is single-track up sand and loose sand along a creek thru dry sagebrush. There is one outcrop which might cause you to dismount if you are completely unfit. If you get off track you could hit some sticker burs. Folks around here use slime in their tubes. The ride down is coasting, cruising joy as there are no rocks on trial. More importantly is that Hulls Gulch can lead you to the Boise Foothills trail system which is about 5000 acres of singletrack trials of various difficulties and duration. Park anywhere at the end of 8th street lot and take off. Most importantly is that on 13th street of few blocks away there are 4 bars and 6 restaurants with outdoor patios that you can cruise right down to after a ride. Known as Hyde Park the weather is plu-d perfect for beer guzzling and pizza gobbling from about mid –March to early October. Just follow all the other cyclists

Customer Service

park on 8th street and head uphill.

Similar Products Used: access to all the boise foothills trail system
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4
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3
Mntbikebabe   [Oct 22, 1999]

Great trail going up or down!! Some relaly fun sections. You can hook up to any trail from Hull's Gulch. Watch out for hikers!!

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Charlie   [Feb 26, 2000]

i grew up on this trail. this is a classic for me, and although i usually do rides that lead into this one, it's one of my favorite. there is still one huge problem. half way through there is a rock section that i haven't mastered yet, and i have yet to see anyone do it without wrecking. it's really a tough spot, but a challenge. try doing some other rides in that area, they're all fast, fun, and technical. in closing, i owe my biking experience to my mother, who tought me to mountain bike on this trail. enjoy!!

Customer Service

up the "freeway," down the "gulch."

Similar Products Used: any trail in the foothills of boise
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4
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Matt Pasley   [Apr 15, 2000]

This a great trail. This time of the year(April - May) is really busy,excpecialy on Monday nights. You can ride many other trails coming off of the gulch like the freeway or sidewinder. This is a great ride that almost anyone can do.

Customer Service

Anyway way you want to ride it. Up, Down, Sideways, Longways.

Similar Products Used: If you are insane enough you can clean the entire trail, even the normal dismount area.
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5
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