Trail 4 - TRAIL

Trail 4 - Trail, Boise, Idaho

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!

User Reviews (8)

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CJHarris208   Downhiller [Mar 23, 2009]

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used: hulls gulch is similar, its fast pace rock sections, drops, hips, berms. but watch hikers they can be anal
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5
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4
mitch   Cross Country Rider [Apr 08, 2007]

This trail is in great shape right now. connected it with 26a,5,1 and bobs trail to make a great 20plus mile loop. the whoops are fun with the hardpacked dirt this time of year.

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4
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3
99fusion   Cross Country Rider [Sep 15, 2006]

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.

Customer Service

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

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1
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5
99fusion   Cross Country Rider [May 08, 2005]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Crestline-sidewinder-trail 4 loop.
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4
VALUE
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4
PhychoticMenace   Cross Country Rider [Nov 22, 2003]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: 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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2
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3
brian morox   [Nov 30, 2001]

isn't this also known as devil's slide? whatever it is called, it is one bad mofo

Customer Service

as stated in the description

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5
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Lloyd   [Dec 27, 2001]

Fun trail, with lots of steady singletrack climbing and descending. Alternate routes include - peeling off up high to the left and taking trail 6 to Three Bears, or peeling off a little lower to the left and taking trail 5 down to Shane's.

Customer Service

Bogus Basin Road to Corrals, Corrals to Scott's, Scott's to 8th Street extension, up 8th for another 1.25 miles, take the trailhead on the right, climb another mile or so, and take in the scenic vista at the top. Look left towards tablerock and Lucky peak, straight down at downtown, and right towards Bogus and stack rock. Then, point the bike downhill and watch for sandy spots. Great late season trail when the sand and loose shit is packed down. Cooler in summer too. Take sidewinder back down from the end.

Similar Products Used: Any and all.
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4
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Rich   [Jan 27, 2002]

Pack lots of greens and watch out for old unspent munitions through the old bombing range.

Customer Service

Camelsback to hulls gulch, hulls gulch to the freeway crossing, conector to corrals, corrals to the scotts, scotts up to 8th street, 8th street to trail 4, third right onto trail 6 (1rst right is 4A next two rights are trail 6), 6 down to 5, 5 over to shanes(26A) then to rocky canon road, through the subdivision over to 25, 25 to 20, 20 to 23 then 100 yards down freeway to kestrel(39A) to the lower parking lot, across eigth street one last time and finish off with Pauls(36A, one tuff trail:) back to camels back.

Similar Products Used: Take the second right onto trail 6 over to three bears and head down 26 to rocky canon, skips most of 4 though, much harder but 26 is a sweat fast downhill.
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5
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Rick   [Sep 15, 2002]

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used: I only did this one since it was so easy to find from my down town hotel room.
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3
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