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Watchman

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Biking, Hiking
Dogs Friendly?
Yes
Length
3.5 mimiles
ElvElevation
912'
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AKA Hero Dirt. Yes, your ideal conditions that you want to hit up first before any of your friends find out. Sure you want to keep it low key, but be a good trail steward and let your buddies know its time to shred.

Watchman is a high quality trail–so good that it forms the centerpiece of one of our most recommended mountain bike rides in Boise. This modern, hardpacked singletrack traverses the hillsides of the upper foothills, with excellent views and lots of flow. Don’t get too distracted–the trail is narrow and there’s a bit of exposure on the steep hillsides. The Watchman wildflowers in spring are famously spectacular. Bikers typically loop Watchman with 5 Mile Gulch and Three Bears; hikers typically park at 5 Mile Gulch for a shorter loop.

Recent Trail Reports

  • MELU477 April 2, 2019 at 4:15 pmSnow is gone. The only mud is at the usual spots just past the first creek crossing. A few puddles. The creek crossings are high but passable. Lots of loose rocks.
  • Bike Touring News March 11, 2019 at 11:42 amMarch 10, 2019: So much snow. February's storms have left at least a foot over most of the trail, much deeper in drifts or shaded pockets. It's going to be a very late start to the season for Watchman this year. The sandy soil will drain well as snow comes off but there are a few sections with more clay that will really take a beating if ridden when wet. Wait for things to really dry out to avoid damage to this gem of a trail as it transitions out of winter.
  • sam January 12, 2019 at 1:30 pmSome dry sections but still plenty of snow and ice.
  • bornintherut June 13, 2018 at 5:47 pmExcellent is an understatement for today, despite the poor guy getting Life Flighted out with what appeared to be a broken arm from a motorcycle wreck.
  • justinb May 18, 2018 at 6:31 pmJust a few puddles on Watchman, dry in between. Fewer puddles than Shane's right now.
  • jdelga May 9, 2018 at 8:48 amSheep are grazing at the top of watchman, looks like they just finished going through the top of 3 bears.
  • Riderx April 23, 2018 at 1:15 pmGood news. I found the owner on Craigslist and returned the lost Garmin.
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  1. MELU477 says:

    Snow is gone. The only mud is at the usual spots just past the first creek crossing. A few puddles. The creek crossings are high but passable. Lots of loose rocks.

  2. Bike Touring News says:

    March 10, 2019: So much snow. February’s storms have left at least a foot over most of the trail, much deeper in drifts or shaded pockets. It’s going to be a very late start to the season for Watchman this year. The sandy soil will drain well as snow comes off but there are a few sections with more clay that will really take a beating if ridden when wet. Wait for things to really dry out to avoid damage to this gem of a trail as it transitions out of winter.

  3. sam says:

    Some dry sections but still plenty of snow and ice.

  4. bornintherut says:

    Excellent is an understatement for today, despite the poor guy getting Life Flighted out with what appeared to be a broken arm from a motorcycle wreck.

  5. justinb says:

    Just a few puddles on Watchman, dry in between. Fewer puddles than Shane’s right now.

  6. jdelga says:

    Sheep are grazing at the top of watchman, looks like they just finished going through the top of 3 bears.

  7. Riderx says:

    Good news. I found the owner on Craigslist and returned the lost Garmin.

  8. Riderx says:

    I found a Garmin cycling device in the middle of the trail coming down Watchman/Three Bears yesterday, 4/22, around 1 p.m. I’m pretty sure it came off a bicycle mount. If you lost one contact me at randallph ‘at’ gmail with a description/device info and I’ll get it back to you.

  9. Kirk Cheney says:

    Great shape. Get some!

  10. megastoke says:

    5 mile gulch and Watchmans loop are in good shape now. A few puddles, and a few short snow patches in the shade, but totally rideable, and not muddy.

  11. ramihz says:

    Has alot of snow and icy patches. One of the north facing stretches has a foot of snow still. Rode it early this morning with lower Five Mile. Watchman was firm but would likely be miserable when warm, at least for the next week or so.

  12. MELU477 says:

    Watchman and Five mile Gulch still has a few packed/snow patches, a couple of puddles, lots of wet sand, very little mud.
    Definitely rideable.

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