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Old 06-29-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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Heber, UT to Jarbidge, NV

Jarbidge, NV
DAY 1

I took a little 4-day ride to meet a friend and spend a couple days riding around Jarbidge, NV. It ended up being 990 miles round trip on the mighty XT250.

Left my home near Heber City and cut thru Jeremy Ranch on the dirt road to Morgan then on up to Liberty.

East Canyon Reservoir


Snowbasin


From Liberty I rode the south canyon road up to Hyrum, where I jumped on the highway down to Corinne. From there I rode across the north end of the Great Salt Lake towards Rosette.





From Rosette I rode the back way into Grouse Creek, then west into NV on the goose creek road and finally up to Rogerson, ID. The nice lady at the grouse creek store said they had gas but the pump didn’t work, so my new rotopax came in handy on this leg.







I gassed up at Rogerson and headed west on Three Creek Road to meet my friend near Murphy Hot Springs where we camped on the east fork of the Jarbidge River. 416 miles, 12 hours on the road.

Salmon Creek Dam with the road across the top
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Day 2

DAY 2

Sunday morning we rode straight north out of the little town of Murphy Hot Springs, headed for the jarbidge wilderness.







We found this small cemetery up on the mountain.



It’s impossible to describe in words or capture in photographs the vast loneliness of this corner of the world.

Looking north into the high desert of Idaho


End of the road


We headed for the town of Jarbidge but got stopped only a couple miles from town by a raging water crossing that would have surely swept us both all the way to Bruneau. We had a record winter so the snow still lingers in the high country and the rivers are very high. The last mile of this trail was the only semi-technical part of our ride, as it dropped down into a canyon, but I failed to get pictures of either the trail or the river. I was just to skeered to think about it I guess. So we backtracked back to Murphy and took the main road to town.





Like I said, they’re having trouble with water everywhere.



Near the end of the road at Pine Creek


I guess some of the roads are kinds steep.



We stopped here for pie and coffee and ended up going back to eat for supper and again for breakfast. The homemade bread and corned beef hash are awesome.



Camp
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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Sweet. I hope to get to ID this summer.

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Old 06-29-2011, 06:58 PM   #4
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Day 3

DAY 3

Monday we went east a little ways and rode down around the pole creek ranger station east of the wilderness. The high desert is very lush right now.

Purdy flower pictures






Road hazards







In addition to gopher snakes, we saw antelope and mule deer.

More of the high country


The Matterhorn


End of the road again, so time for a coffee break.





End of the day


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Old 06-29-2011, 07:27 PM   #5
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Day 4

DAY 4

Tuesday it was time to head home. After gassing up in Rogerson again, I headed straight east thru the Sawtooth National Forest on FR500 towards Oakley, ID.





After passing magic mountain resort, the road kept climbing higher and higher.





And eventually I came to this…



There were tons of trails on this mountain, and I explored around a little bit trying to figure out a different way down. But I didn’t have a good map and got a little nervous about possibly spending an entire day searching and backtracking. So I headed back to magic mountain and talked to a guy who was doing some road work. He sent me to a gate with a bypass for atvs and motos and said that trail would take me to Oakley. It turns out that was the route I originally intended to take, but the signs to Oakley sent me off in a different direction. It was an easy, very windy trail, but I was a little nervous heading off on an unknown trail with no map.







I was able to sneak past the only snow bank I came to and eventually saw civilization. By now it was already 3pm and I had a LONG way to go.



After a quick pizza in Oakley I rode thru City of Rocks.



They call these the loaves of bread






This place is popular with the climbers. This guy was free-climbing as far as I could tell.



Almost home
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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Hi ALinUTAH,

Wonderful ride report ... really enjoyed it ... love the Jarbidge area!

Thanks for posting!

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Old 06-29-2011, 08:11 PM   #7
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Great to see it done on a very capable, but not large displacement bike.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:22 PM   #8
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Kick ass!

good work!
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:24 PM   #9
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Very cool! Makes me want to get to Idaho!
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:26 PM   #10
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Which road out of Corrine??
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:07 PM   #11
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Wow, great pics. Looks like you had a great ride.

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Old 06-29-2011, 09:07 PM   #12
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Which road out of Corrine??
83 to golden spike, then I continued straight west past locomotive springs. After kelton I got on a pipeline road that looked like it was going to go too far west so I jogged north to hwy 30 and came out at park valley which is just a couple miles from rosette so that worked out perfect. -al
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:24 PM   #13
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Very impressive! Especially on a 250. A loaded 250. Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:01 AM   #14
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:05 AM   #15
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Nice Report Al Looks like too much fun. How'd the 250 run with the re-jetting?
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