Moscow Mountain Trail Reviews
John Byers, March 9, 2018
Moscow Mountain, an inconspicuous green mountain towering above the surrounding wheatfields of the Palouse is easy to miss. The beautiful wheatfields surrounding it and the city of Moscow and its university are much more famous. But Moscow Mountain is covered in amazing mountain bike trails, and became my favorite place to go during my time in Moscow. This is my review.
StatsElevation: 4721 feet
More info: MAMBA (Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association) -OR- The University of Idaho outdoor program
Idaho is famous for its great mountains, so of course there will be great mountain biking. Sun Valley and Boise in particular are known for having great trails. But nothing can compare to Moscow Mountain. Trail reviews can't do this mountain justice, but I will do my best.
The best place to start is MAMBA's website. They have the most information on trails, news, and accessing the mountain. I didn't do this, and spent a few great years learning the trails with my friends, and getting lost a few times too. But I do highly recommend MAMBA. If you are a college student, check out the University of Idaho's outdoor program, they introduced me to the mountain and its a lot of fun doing group rides with them.
Jump trail is easily my most ridden trail on the mountain. Park at the base, and ride up. It is usually shady and cool, and not too steep. The top of this trail will put you right at the Four Corners parking area, right in the center of the mountain and with a large number of other trails to choose from. The reason I start at Jump Trail is because it is a really fun ride back down to your car at the end of the day. The jumps are small, "bumps" is a more accurate term. They are fun for any skill level, even beginners. Still, it can be a fast ride down, and the PERFECT way to end the day.
Instead of going all the way down Jump Trail, you can take the fork in the road and ride down Cabin Trail. It parallels Jump Trail and will spit you back out near your car, but it is a faster, smoother ride down than Jump Trail. There is a Cabin and a creek alongside the trail, giving it its name. I've heard Cabin Trail described as "like riding a speeder bike on Endor". You get going really fast, and it is a lot of fun.
The best trail on the mountain in my opinion. A smooth, fast, trail, zigzagging through the woods. This trail is absolutely a must-do. Be careful, there are some exposed rocks towards the end of the trail, which you can ride over, or go around if need be. Take a left at the end of the trail for a little practice terrain park, or turn right (then left again) to go back to the road towards Four Corners.
Upper Tusk & Lower Tusk
These two trails are fun distractions from riding on the road. Making it all the way up Lower Tusk without walking your bike will impress your friends. Remember to maintain some speed!★★★