Welcome to the Shafer Butte Trail System
Boise residents and visitors are now able to mountain bike from the top of Bogus Basin all the way to the Boise foothills and eventually to the new Eagle Velodrome and Cycling Park on the new Shafer Butte trail system.
The National Park Service, through its Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program (RTCA) responded to a request for assistance from Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association (SWIMBA) to develop a plan and guide for a proposed trail system in and around Bogus Basin. A number of critical partners including the Boise National Forest, Ridge to Rivers Partnership, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and SWIMBA, planned and implemented a trail system that complements and connects to the existing Ridge to Rivers Trails in Boise.
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SHAFER BUTTE TRAIL SYSTEM
Open mid-June (when snow melts and trails aren't muddy) through mid-October
Trailhead access to the Shafer Butte Trails is available near the Bogus Basin Nordic Center parking lot. No trail fees required. These are not chairlift-served mountain bike trails. There is a trails kiosk at the trailhead to help you familiarize yourself with the local area. There are limited resources such as restrooms, water and food. The Fronter Point Nordic Center is NOT open for public access throughout the summer months. Please take all necessary precautions to have a safe, fun and adventurous outing. Please pack-in/pack-out any garbage.
Shafer Butte Trails Map (front) PDF
Shafer Butte Trails Map (back) PDF
The Ridge to Rivers Trail System is a unique partnership among government agencies, private landowners, organizations and individuals. Its exceptional roads and trails meander through approximately 80,000 acres of land between the Boise Ridge and the Boise River. These roads and trails link more than land and water...they connect people with each other and the environment. Your care and courtesy will help protect these fragile foothills.
Rules of the Trail
- Ride on open trails only
- Leave no trace
- Control your bicycle
- Always yield trail
- Never spook animals
- Plan ahead
- Stay on marked trails
- Respect posted closures
- PLEASE STAY OFF MUDDY TRAILS