Bogus Basin Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.4
FIETS
13.7 mi
DISTANCE
3,506 ft
GAINED
4.5 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA, USA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA; Ken Read, CAN.

INTRO

This climb starts just a mile or so from downtown Boise and only a couple of miles from the Capitol building itself.   This ride becomes rural pretty quickly and the grade is steady but never steep. The climb provides wide open views until near the end when you reach the pine trees. Many locations offer nice views of town and the switchbacks of the road below. The top is Bogus Basin ski area – there is a nice plaza there to enjoy refreshments during the summer months. On a summer weekend you’ll see many cyclists as this is the go-to ride for anyone in Boise who likes to climb by bike.
The average grade of 4.5% for the climb increases to 5.3% when descent is eliminated from the gradient formula.  37% (five miles) is at 0-5%, and 56% (7.6 miles) is at 5-10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 7.3% and mile is 6.3%.

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Roadway:  Bogus Basin Road is a two lane highway in excellent condition with a shoulder wide enough to ride in most of the way up the mountain.

Traffic: Light on weekdays, moderate to heavy on weekends. 

Parking:  On W Curling Drive at the start of the climb - MapStreet View
Provisions:  None on the climb but plenty in Boise.

Weather and Gear:  Beware the weather - we ride to over 6,000' and it does snow during the late spring and winter.  Be sure to consult the PJAMM "Full Forecast" feature for the time you expect to arrive at the finish to assess what clothing to bring on your ride.
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
There are several hotel options in Boise.  If you plan on staying in the area for a longer period of time you may want to look at house and cottage rentals that are perfect for cycling adventures.  

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Cycling Bogus Basin -

Ride 13.7 miles gaining 3,505’ at 4.5% average grade.

What’s in a name . . . “The area probably got its name during the 19th-century gold rush. Crooks in the hills above Boise City, known as "spelterers", would make bogus gold dust by heating lead filings with a bit of real gold dust.”  Wikipedia

Boise Idaho’s Kristine Armstrong -

The most decorated US women’s cyclist of all time.

3-time Olympic Gold Medalist; 2-time World Champion; 6-time US Champion

The best time-trialist in history.

Climb summary by PJAMM’s Bruce Hamilton:

This climb starts just a mile or so from downtown Boise and only a couple of miles from the Capitol building itself.

 This bike climb becomes rural pretty quickly and the grade is steady but never steep. Wide open views until near the end when you reach the pine trees. Many locations offer nice views of town and the switchbacks of the road below. The top is Bogus Basin ski area – nice plaza there to enjoy refreshments during the summer months. On a summer weekend you’ll see many cyclists as this is the go-to ride for anyone in Boise who likes to climb by bike.

Interesting rock formation along the roadway.

Bruce at mile 6.2 - about half way there.

Stacy at the end of the climb.

Bogus Basin Ski Resort

That’s a wrap- Thank you Bruce and Stacy!!