Blackline Guides | Danskin Area

Description

The Danskin Mountains are located just to the east of Boise. The easiest way to access this area from Boise is to head east on interstate 84 and take the Blackís Creek exit. Follow the Blackís Creek road towards the South Fork of the Boise River. The area to the west of Blackís Creek road is generally designated as non-motorized and there are some great hikes and mountain bike trails on this side of the road. The Danskin Mountain Off Highway Vehicle area is located to the east of Blackís Creek Road and is an excellent area for dirt biking and mountain biking. This area is becoming more popular due to its close proximity to the Boise area. Our guides will eventually cover this area in more depth. Since it is such a large area, it will take some time to develop comprehensive guides for this area. Below is a link to a map of the area published by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

Danskin OHV Trail Map

The OHV area contains miles upon miles of trail and in the authorís opinion is most effectively explored by motorized means. You will encounter a lot of trail use near the trail heads, but the area quickly becomes deeply remote as you move deeper into the OHV area and knowledge of navigation and how to make trail repairs is imperative. Many of these trails are very advanced and allow a person to challenge their riding abilities to the maximum extent. Although the author has traveled this area extensively on solo expeditions, it is not advised. Injury or breakdown in this area is highly probable due to the technical nature and steepness of some of the advanced trails. It is advisable to travel in groups and know your skill level and abilities and know when to turn around.

As a general observation, the further north and east one travels from the Blacks Creek trailheads, the more difficult the trails become.

Of all the areas covered in these guidebooks, the Danskin and Owyhee areas represent the highest risk due to their remoteness and lack of landmarks making it very easy to get disoriented in these areas. The shear number of trails in the OHV creates a situation ripe for disorientation which can be both exhilarating and terrifying depending on your preparedness and planning. Carry plenty of water in the summer months and leave yourself plenty of time to travel in this area. Travel at your own risk and be prepared for the unexpected.

Non-Motorized Use

Motorized Use

 


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