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Old 05-09-2014, 03:12 PM   #1
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Ok, I will start one up. So, If anyone wants info on the area, this will be a good place to share it, or the info you are looking for. The route to the Grey Creek pass is just up the street from me & Kootenay Lake Road is just over an hour away.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:29 PM   #2
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Great idea having a thread for this region. The Kootenay's have some of the finest riding around - lucky you to have that for a backyard.

I'm riding through that region next week on a trip to SE Washington... do you happen to know if the Teepee Crk FSR is open and clear of snow (from Koocanusa to Moyie Lake)?
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:57 PM   #3
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Great idea having a thread for this region. The Kootenay's have some of the finest riding around - lucky you to have that for a backyard.

I'm riding through that region next week on a trip to SE Washington... do you happen to know if the Teepee Crk FSR is open and clear of snow (from Koocanusa to Moyie Lake)?
Ya, it is a really nice place for back road driving. I will do a Grey Creek run this year, but usually it doesn't open up until late June.

I don't know if Teepee is open or not. I will ask around, I know some guys who are snowmobilers and they should know. I will try and get hold of them.

I always try and get over it in the fall. Last year I took my Jeep, it was a great day.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:51 PM   #4
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Love the Kootenay region. I usually do some riding out there every year. Looking forward to info on more good rides in that area

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Old 05-10-2014, 07:15 AM   #5
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Ok, I will start one up. So, If anyone wants info on the area, this will be a good place to share it, or the info you are looking for. The route to the Grey Creek pass is just up the street from me & Kootenay Lake Road is just over an hour away.
East????....but Kootenay Lake is in the West Kootenays. Amend your thread title....

I was told the opposite but Hwy 31 is in fine shape in the West Kootenays, hurry up before all the snow melts from the roadside. Lots of bears and the big Gerrard rainbows spawning right now.
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i think it's ok h669 blue frog....
i mean, do you think the calgary chat group on here actually ride in calgary?
all the best on the 6
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:56 AM   #7
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East????....but Kootenay Lake is in the West Kootenays. ...
Yes, Kootenay Lake is in the west but the River starts in the East, exits Canada and then re-enters Canada in the West.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:13 PM   #8
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i think it's ok h669 blue frog....
i mean, do you think the calgary chat group on here actually ride in calgary?
all the best on the 6
Bunch of road repairs between Deep Creek/Angel Falls on Hwy 6. They are finally moving them rock faces. Makes for slow going and up to 15-20 minutes wait and I heard they may only pave later in the summer.
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East????....but Kootenay Lake is in the West Kootenays. Amend your thread title....
I originally thought about making the thread title "Kootenays", but did not want to Poach the West Kootenays in case someone from there had interest in a thread on their specific area...... but I have absolutely no problem with poaching Kootenay Lake Road.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:57 PM   #10
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How about this for a trip this summer

On a Saturday
- Kimberley to Kootenay Lake via Grey Creek pass
- Down Kootenay lake to Creston
- Creston to Yahk
- East out of Yahk on Yahk Meadow rd to Ginockie Provincial Park
- Overnight there

On the Sunday
- Yahk River FSR to the Koocanusa bridge
- Koocanusa Bridge to Galloway
- Galloway onto the Bull River FSR (says it is restricted, have to sort out why)
- Bull River FSR to Whiteswan Lake
- Whiteswan lake to Kimberley, or where ever you have to go
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:10 PM   #11
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I'm riding through that region next week on a trip to SE Washington... do you happen to know if the Teepee Crk FSR is open and clear of snow (from Koocanusa to Moyie Lake)?
I talked to one of my forestry buddies at coffee this morning, and he said that there is still snow on the road, and it wont be open. He works a lot in that area and said that it usually opens up in June sometime.
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I talked to one of my forestry buddies at coffee this morning, and he said that there is still snow on the road, and it wont be open. He works a lot in that area and said that it usually opens up in June sometime.
Thanks for the intel. Too bad - I was looking forward to riding it. Looks like I'll be slabbing it past that section now.
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Thanks for the intel. Too bad - I was looking forward to riding it. Looks like I'll be slabbing it past that section now.
As soon as Grey Creek pass is open, I am going to do the two day run I posted above. There are suppose to be some big trees just below Ginockie Park that I am going to investigate. The pass just west of there is suppose to be doable. I have tracked it all the way on Google Earth and can see the road. My buddy says the only issue might be trees down on the road. If so, I would have to back track to Yahk, then go up out of Moyie and in that way. He says that road is always open, and could be driving in a car.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:00 PM   #14
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Thanks for the intel. Too bad - I was looking forward to riding it. Looks like I'll be slabbing it past that section now.
An update, not only is not open, but apparently at the pass there is still several feet of snow. One of my buddies, an avid snowmobilist, was up there this last week and said it will be another month before it is drivable.

Same with Grey Creek pass. Good news is that it is raining here all weekend, so that should help with the melt.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:55 PM   #15
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On a Saturday
- Kimberley to Kootenay Lake via Grey Creek pass
- Down Kootenay lake to Creston
- Creston to Yahk
- East out of Yahk on Yahk Meadow rd to Ginockie Provincial Park
- Overnight there

On the Sunday
- Yahk River FSR to the Koocanusa bridge
- Koocanusa Bridge to Galloway
- Galloway onto the Bull River FSR (says it is restricted, have to sort out why)
- Bull River FSR to Whiteswan Lake
- Whiteswan lake to Kimberley, or where ever you have to go
Nice weekend ride, I have done most of those roads at one time or another, I am up in Elkford, I would bail off the Bull river road at Hartley Pass to get home instead of going back to Whiteswan. And your freinds are right, I back country ski and sled here the passes wont be open for a while yet. I am heading to the Yukon mid June and wont be back until July but if you go after that I wouldn't mind tagging along
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