Bogus Basin Mountain, Idaho

I have not posted on this page for a while as I’ve been very busy training for my Pike’s Peak ride coming up on July 21st. This next week is the final push towards that goal.

Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho

Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho

I traded in my truck for a 2013 Subaru Forester.  With freshly tinted windows and a Thule bike rack on the back, I headed eastbound on Saturday.  I pulled into Boise, Idaho in time to watch some of the Twilight Criterion.  This is a road race which loops the business district of Boise and is part of a national cycling race circuit.  There were several different races featuring kids, locals, and professional racers.  It was a very exciting event to watch.

Boise, Idaho headed towards Bogus Basin Mountain

Boise, Idaho headed towards Bogus Basin Mountain

I headed out on my bicycle early Sunday morning.  It was already warn enough that nothing more than shorts and a light shirt were needed.  I passed through the older part of town as I went east towards the mountain.  The trees bordering the road and the older homes made for a  peaceful beginning to this day.

Old home in Boise, Idaho

Old home in Boise, Idaho

The cool shade of the residential district faded to that of rock and desert.  This ride would be a little over 16 miles to the top and take me from 2,686′ to 6,213′.  I stopped 1/2 way up to look back and see Boise in the valley below.

Boise, Idaho from half way up Bogus Basin Mountain.

Boise, Idaho from half way up Bogus Basin Mountain.

The terrain continued to change as I ground up the mountain.  Pine trees  dotted the hillside as the grade increased.  I made it to the top or so I thought.  The ski resort appeared to be the end of the pavement.  I still had some energy so I went to exploring further.  I crossed the large gravel lot and took a gravel road approximately two miles around the mountain until I started to lose elevation.  I returned and took a paved road from the parking lot which took me another couple hundred feet up to the upper ski area and condos.  This was well worth the effort as it provided a better view of the area.

At the summit of Bogus Basin Mountain Lodge

At the summit of Bogus Basin Mountain Lodge

I went back to the lower lot where I had lunch near the ski lodge.  I met several other cyclists and hikers.  Many had taken a car up the mountain and were there for the off road biking and hiking.  After a short break I prepared for the rocket ride back down the hill.  I had mentally mapped out the return ride and identified hazards on my way up the hill.  Rough road, cracks, bumps, and in this case, a cattle guard were items to take note of.  I knew that I would be traveling faster than cars so I waited until I had a mile or two gap between the last car and my start.  I hit the peals as hard as I could and rarely hit the brakes for the next 40 minutes.  1/2 way down the hill that car in front of me pulled over to let me by.  The next time I saw it was in the residential area of Boise.

What a rush!

I am so ready for the Peak.

I’ll see you on the next ride.

About Bruce Bosman

Join me as I ride my mountain bike up and over the incredible mountains of Washington State. Although this blog may appear to be a testament to my accomplishments, this was not my intent. Compared to the challenges that many face every day mine are insignificant. My hope is that you will appreciate these photos and stories as you join me on my Mountain Quest. I recognize and pray for all of you that face adversity and struggle to overcome mountains in your everyday life. We all have bad experiences, excess baggage, and debris that pile up to create obstacles in our life. Much of my mountain is made up of the accumulative stress and incidents that 29 years of a law enforcement profession and life brings. If allowed to go unchecked these mountains can become impassable and will block out the sun. I challenge myself and you to face our mountains and conquer them. Even if it is one step or one pedal stroke at a time, work to overcome the obstacles that life puts before you. Push through the pain and embrace the challenges. Work to make your life and the lives of others better. Look for the beauty that this world and life has to offer you. . Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
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1 Response to Bogus Basin Mountain, Idaho

  1. Looks like a great start to your trip, looked like a grind! Its great to hear about a considerate driver pulling over,

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