Hard Guy

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 4,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Hard guy is locally known because it's a long and sustained climb. Most, if not all of Hard Guy follows old ranching roads. Technically it's a single track but most of the way you can see the old road bed. There really isn't anything technical about this trail, its just a long sustained climb. It has a couple of steep sections that can be really loose and sandy. There is a section or two with a few small rocks, nothing much. Be aware that there is no shade on this trail except at the very bottom and not again until the very top. You will be on a ridge and exposed most of the time. Sun and wind will not be your friends on this trail, however the views are incredible once you get up a little ways. Hard Guy is an uphill climb. The downhill direction is called Fast Guy.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (21 total check-ins)
  lkdb13   on Jul 23, 2019
  ccasperson   on Jun 13, 2019
  Colleen Hill   on Jun 9, 2018
  Colleen Hill   on May 20, 2018
  gpasquin   on Apr 6, 2018
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Reviews (5)

Granny Gear

May 16, 2017
gpasquin Granny Gear  
Review: Shortest route to get up to the trees above Boise with steady elevation gains and some steeper sections making it difficult but not impossible to peddle the whole way. Lots of open exposure, nice vistas and views but wouldn't want to do it on a hot day.


September 8, 2015
Tour Guide Doubletrack  
Review: Hard Guy is a climb. The downhill direction is Fast Guy. If you shuttle just to do this down hill I think you are cheating yourself. There are so many better downhill routes. Hard Guy will make you work for it. This is a long and seemingly never ending grind up an old farm/ranch road. Even though it's technically 2 track it has been many years since it was used as one. There isn't really anything about Hard Guy that would make it a technical ride. Just a big long climb. If you stop for breaks be sure and turn around and enjoy the view. There are some amazing views of the Boise valley from up there. Try and avoid the heat of the day as there really isn't any shade until you are in the last mile or so from the top. Ride safe and have fun!

May 26, 2015
Review: I earned my T Shirt for the year. 1st attempt climbing this trail. I'm glad to have rode it with my friends.

Granny Gear

June 20, 2010
markloessi Granny Gear  
Review: Any way you slice it you either have to find a way to drop into this trail from above by driving (shuttle) or you gotta climb. I rode 8th street from town to the trail head and then down Hard Guy (this way a local told me the trail is called Fast Guy, I just moved here) then back to town via Bogus Basin. The ride up 8th is a long climb ~11.5 miles from down town to trail head and although a good long climb it's not deadly. Up 8th is probably an easier climb then Hard Guy itself although a bit longer I think. It's a good ride, nice and long with good views of the Boise Valley, it's pretty exposed to sun most of the way so take plenty of water and in heat of summer go early. The ride itself is not particularly difficult, e.g. technical, the difficulty in this ride is the climbing.


September 22, 2008
dauw Singletrack  
Review: This trail is a grinder on the way up, but a ripper on the way down. Can be a scorcher in the summer. Wide open with water bars and some sand. Let'er rip and watch your brakes melt down. Another great Boise shuttle.

Hard Guy MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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