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“Amazing link”: New trail will connect two major trail systems near Brundage

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Brundage Mountain Resort’s trail system will connect to Bear Basin, via a new pathway this summer. 

This new multi-use trail will join the resort’s 30-mile trail system with Bear Basin’s 15-mile track.  Mountain bikers and hikers will be able to enjoy views of Payette Lake, Salmon River Mountain peaks, and more. The trail descends 1,700 vertical feet from 6900 feet elevation on the Brundage Mountainside and 5,200 feet elevation on the Bear Basin half. 

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Construction on the lower portion of the trail is planned for June, while the entire project is expected to be complete by late October and open to the public in the spring of 2023.

Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association, or CIMBA, is teaming up with the Brundage Mountain Trail crew to get the project done. There will also be various bike trail builders from across the country coming in to help, including Progressive Trail Design and Dirt Candy Designs. 

“Local hands will be doing a lot of the heavy lifting with this project,” Brundage Mountain General Manager, Ken Rider said. “We are bringing in extensive trail building expertise from other mountain bike meccas to make this trail the best it can be, and also expand our local team’s knowledge and skills for future trail construction across the area.”

The trail has been planned for over a decade but never too off because of a lack of funding. The project got started last year when CIMBA, One Track Mind Foundation, and Brundage Mountain Resort came together to design the trail. The group has several donors and supporters, including the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and the IMBA Dig-In Program.

“CIMBA truly appreciates the partnerships and grant awards that have made this possible as well as the generosity of the many donors who have contributed to help us reach our financial goals,” CIMBA trails coordinator Dave Bingaman said. “This trail will be an amazing link between two of our major trail systems and will also provide opportunities to connect bigger loops that include the Payette Lake and Payette Rim trails for some calf-burning climbs and some epic downhills.” 

Eighteen more miles of scenic trail can be found near the future trail connection through the Payette Lake trail and the Payette Rim Loop.

“Good things come to those who wait… and to those who work relentlessly to make it happen and that is what mountain bikers are all about: patience, endurance, passion, and commitment! These qualities are at the heart of this project and we can’t wait to kick off-trail work linking two of the trail systems in Payette National Forest,” One Track Mind Foundation CEO Tracy Paradise said. “This project lays the groundwork for future opportunities to connect bigger loops.”

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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