Mores Mountain Ridge Trail
- Distance: 3.2 miles out-and-back
- Total Elevation Gain: 400 feet
- Difficulty: Easy
- Elevation Range: 6,300 feet to 6,700 feet
- Topographic Map: Shafer Butte
- Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
- Season: June through October
- Water Availability: None
- Cautionary Advice: None
- Information: Boise National Forest, Mountain
- Home Ranger District (208) 587-7961
- Restroom: Yes
- Coordinates: Trailhead: 43d 47’ 04” N 116d 05’ 15” W
This hike is posted by the suggested month to go on from Scott Marchant’s 2016 Idaho Wilderness Calender. This is just a general guideline however as many of the hikes can be utilized outside of the specific month.
Mores Mountain Ridge Trail
Although a short hike, this excursion should not be missed. Departing from the same trailhead as the Mores Mountain Loop, the trail traverses the eastern side of the 7,237-foot mountain and is etched into the upper slopes of the high peak. Although this route was once the Boise Ridge Road, which has since been reconstructed on the west side of the mountain, it feels more like a singletrack trail. Polished granite slabs, huge rock outcroppings, as well as wildflowers are highlights of the trail. What makes this hike memorable are the never-ending vistas of the wrinkled topography stretching 50 miles to the jagged Sawtooths. When the temperatures in Treasure Valley rise towards the triple-digit level, the Mores Mountain Ridge Trail is an outstanding location to escape the heat and it is only 25 miles from downtown Boise. By early afternoon, temperatures drop as the sun moves to the western skyline and the high
mountaintop protects you from direct sunlight. You could combine this out -and-back hike with the Mores Mountain Loop (see hike 13) to extend your hiking adventure. Mores Mountain, Mores Creek and Mores Creek Summit on Hwy. 21, are named after John Marion More, one of the first prospectors to make
a fortune in Idaho’s early mining days. As fate would have it, he was shot and killed in April 1868 in the small town of Silver City. His assailant, Sam Lockhart, experienced a similar, although more horrid demise. He was shotin the arm by another prospector who witnessed the confrontation and Lockhart had to have his arm amputated. In spite of this, he died a few weeks later from gangrene. The dispute that brought about the death of both men: mining claims on War Eagle Mountain.
From the intersection of Hill and Bogus Basin roads, drive north on the winding Bogus Basin Road for 15.7 miles and enter the Bogus Basin
Mountain Recreation Area. The road veers left and turns to gravel, climbing around the west side of Shafer Butte. At 19.0 miles, turn right on FR 374E (look for a sign for Shafer Butte Picnic Area) and proceed 1.3 miles to the picnic area. There is a day use fee of $5. Beyond the picnic area, you will find the Mores Mountain Campground which has seven attractive tent sites which can be reserved at recreation.gov.
A few feet from the trailhead the trail forks; take the right fork following the signs for trail #198. You will pass through aspen before soon breaking out of tree cover at 0.3 mile. From this point on your views to the east will be unobstructed until you reach Bogus Basin Road. Pass an impressive rock formation at 0.4 mile and another collection at 1.0 mile. As you make your way north, flowering shrubs and blooming phlox, lupine, penstemon, Indian paintbrush and cinquefoil line the trail. After a modest descent, the trail veers left (west) at 1.2 miles and soon terminates with the Boise Ridge Road (FR 374). Retrace your steps back to the trailhead or see below for an extenstion.
An option for an extended hike (nearly a 5-mile loop hike but on dirt roads) would be to turn left at the junction with Bogus Basin Road (FR 374) and hike approximately 1.8 miles to the signed junction with FR 374E. Turn left (east) and ascend more than 400 feet in 1.3 miles back to the Shafer Butte Picnic Area.