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First time in Idaho next weekend. I'll be staying in Idaho City and riding trails in the area. I've got a decent plan but could use some local input. 

Just looking for some recommended "must-do" trails in the area. Nothing death defying, I'll be solo. 

Thanks!

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Welcome to Idaho! You picked a great spot, over 500 miles of designated single track around Idaho City. I'm not the best guide for the trails, just getting started in that. I just got a dirt bike, and my son is getting one for HS grad present, hopefully tonight, so we will start exploring. I do know the roads and rivers from camping and fly fishing the area for the last 20 years.

You may want to purchase, download or print maps, as cell coverage in that area is pretty much non-existent. You might get a signal on the side of a mountain with line of sight to Boise, for example. Things are heating up, take water. Maybe take a dust mask for the roads. Plenty of trails that cut across the roads from drainage to drainage so you avoid the campers and 4x4s, but there may be some roads you need to use.

I can point you to a few resources. First of all, http://www.trails.idaho.gov/ is GIS mapped, downloadable, shows all trails color coded for usage, numbered. Our tax dollars at work!

Boise National Forest, Idaho City area: https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/boise/recreation/ohv. Printable maps and other info. Get the Idaho City Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Also look at that site as somewhere on there they show road and trail closures. It was a tough winter, and we lost some popular roads and trails that will take time to repair.

Rider Planet, Idaho City area: http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/idaho_06385/ride_2262.htm

Sorry if you already have this info, and that I can’t recommend any specific trails. With so much in the area you can’t go wrong. With a limited amount of time I might pick one that parallels a stream, or up and over a ridge to NF Boise or MF Boise rivers, they are beautiful streams, and give you a chance to cool off.

Dave

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On 6/26/2017 at 0:54 PM, dgspencer said:

Welcome to Idaho! You picked a great spot, over 500 miles of designated single track around Idaho City. I'm not the best guide for the trails, just getting started in that. I just got a dirt bike, and my son is getting one for HS grad present, hopefully tonight, so we will start exploring. I do know the roads and rivers from camping and fly fishing the area for the last 20 years.

You may want to purchase, download or print maps, as cell coverage in that area is pretty much non-existent. You might get a signal on the side of a mountain with line of sight to Boise, for example. Things are heating up, take water. Maybe take a dust mask for the roads. Plenty of trails that cut across the roads from drainage to drainage so you avoid the campers and 4x4s, but there may be some roads you need to use.

I can point you to a few resources. First of all, http://www.trails.idaho.gov/ is GIS mapped, downloadable, shows all trails color coded for usage, numbered. Our tax dollars at work!

Boise National Forest, Idaho City area: https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/boise/recreation/ohv. Printable maps and other info. Get the Idaho City Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Also look at that site as somewhere on there they show road and trail closures. It was a tough winter, and we lost some popular roads and trails that will take time to repair.

Rider Planet, Idaho City area: http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/idaho_06385/ride_2262.htm

Sorry if you already have this info, and that I can’t recommend any specific trails. With so much in the area you can’t go wrong. With a limited amount of time I might pick one that parallels a stream, or up and over a ridge to NF Boise or MF Boise rivers, they are beautiful streams, and give you a chance to cool off.

Dave

Yea I've checked out all those resources, but thank you anyway.  I've got the map imagery loaded on my phone so I won't need the cell services. I'm pretty excited since everything I've seen out of Idaho looks pretty cool. 

6 hours ago, Mudd94 said:

This is all you need to map out a pretty good route for yourself.

You can also pick up the Bill Dart maps.  I believe both Moto 1 and Carl's Cycle carry them.

Cool, thanks!

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13 hours ago, OscarFox said:

Had a great time. Definitely going back!

 

Very cool. Reminds me of Taenum back in the day before coal piles shut down and it got all chewed to crap

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