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Watchman

Fun
Tech
Views
Traffic
Shade
Usage
Biking, Hiking
Dogs Friendly?
Yes
Length
3.5 mimiles
ElvElevation
912'
Rating
Last Report
Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

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

  • 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.
  • Riderx April 23, 2018 at 8:31 amI 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.
  • Kirk Cheney March 29, 2018 at 1:27 pmGreat shape. Get some!
  • megastoke March 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm5 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.
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  1. 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.

  2. justinb says:

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

  3. jdelga says:

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

  4. Riderx says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. Kirk Cheney says:

    Great shape. Get some!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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