The Boise, Idaho area seems to be one of those big secrets of mountain biking that is just becoming known for the riding. As the cost of living in other places continues to rise, Boise has been experiencing rapid growth thanks to a reasonable cost of living and its proximity to outdoor recreation. As mountain bikers, we’re more intrigued by the seemingly endless miles of mountain bike trails near the urban center as well as the new bike parks that have been opening up.
Its been on our list of places to investigate and last year we finally made it over, taking a detour on the way home from the southwest to check out the bike park in the nearby town of Eagle, just northeast of Boise.
Eagle Bike Park, AKA the ADA/Eagle Sports Complex and Bike Park
The Eagle Bike Park is located at the Eagle Sports Complex and features recreation opportunities for almost anything you could think of. It’s an impressive park that has picnic areas and basketball courts, an RC Car Track. In addition, there’s a full-size BMX track and a concrete skate park. That doesn’t even include the bike park, which includes a pump track, XC Single Track trails, multiple dirt jump lines, and freeride/ slope flow trails.
Like Boise, you can also access additional mountain bike single track trail starting from the park if pedaling up to ride flow trails isn’t your thing. The intermediate XC trails are suitable for family outings and there’s a lot of stuff to explore and ride to keep a full family or riders of a wide range of skill levels engaged.
Obviously we were more excited to ride the more challenging flow lines than the beginner friendly single track, but with a wide range of ground to cover and features to explore, we found we needed at least a full day to really get to know the park and ride everything we wanted to.
We had 29″ trail bikes along with us for the trip, in addition to my Santa Cruz Jackal Dirt Jump bike. After taking a quick loop through everything, I changed things up to try out the pump track as well as some of the dirt jump lines.
Running the lines solo in the morning, I warmed up on the pump track, which was probably the least inpiring aspect of the park, before riding the intermediate dirt jump line. With so much terrain to cover, I moved back to the trail bike to ride some of the bigger slopestyle lines and had the chance to session with a few local riders.
After a day of riding the park, I became convinced I needed to own a 27.5″ wheeled mountain bike again. Though my 29″ Transition Sentinel was fun and capable of riding everything, this really opened my eyes to the fact that I would rather have fun on trails and features like these than be gunning for the fastest Strava time on a local descent.
Did we mention all of the sweet jumps? And trails — check out this PDF Map of the place.
After riding the Eagle Bike Park, our local home town bike park in Portland simply doesn’t compare.
Ada/Eagle Sports Complex
Old Horseshoe Bend Road and E Greenbrook Street
Eagle, ID 83714
For more info visit Eaglebikepark.org
bonus: check out this video by bikemag: