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A late-season hike at Bogus Basin ski area, 16 miles from downtown Boise

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I'd had a very busy October, and although I really wanted to be out in the mountains some more, I just couldn't face a long drive alone.

So I went to Bogus Basin ski area, just 40 minutes from my house, and hiked up the ski runs. I got to the top of the #1 chairlift in about 25 minutes, then slowed down and enjoyed the views. This picture is the top of the #4 chairlift, with the Sawtooths in the background.

Getting packed

I then hiked over to the #4 chairlift, and started across Cabin Traverse. From just above the Alpine run, I got a great view of Shafer Butte. There are two chairlifts that end at the top of Shafer. The #6 come up from an unseen valley ont he right, ending at the right end of the summit ridge. The #3 chair comes up the opposite side of Shafer, and ends at the saddle in the middle of the ridge. That's where I was headed, and the Cabin Traverse ski run uses the road cut just visible below the summit.

Shafer Butte

From the top of the #3 chairlift, you get a great view of Mores Mountain. Mores is outside the ski area boundary, so during the winter we like to skin up and ski it. You can see some of those trips by using the drop down menu on the left of this page titled "Ski days."

Mores Mountain

Although this hike is quite close to Boise, up on top of the mountain it has a wild feel. You'll rarely see anyone. And there is even a little secret camp spot.

I walked out to the end of the ridge, then followed a faint trail down to the west which lead me directly to the Pioneer lodge. Then I went down Sunshine and back to the car.

It was nice to get out, and although Cervidae is probably a better hike with less driving, this one gets you trees, rocks, and a greater altitude.

Shafer Butte rocks

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