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Old 03-08-2011, 11:34 AM   #181
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What you have planned sounds delightful!!!
Load up your gear and come along! As long as you don't mind riding with a couple fat old nOOb guys

I can't wait for summer. Getting tired of just reading ride reports, really want to put on some miles!
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:57 PM   #182
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Lots of good riding around there. Be prepared for detours when riding early in the season.

I like the State Line Road, it can have snow well into June and sometimes into July. I once was blocked on July 25, not far from Quarles Peak. Lots of shaded spots and windfall that traps snow under the trees.

Roland Summit/Pearson/Loop Creek is probably opened early by the bicycle people.

'Where is Bunco? Near Athol? or somewhere up there? I checked the maps, along the MT/ID state border couple months ago (looking for passes), and there are some nice ridge roads between Athol and Wallace area.

I'm planning some St Joe riding this summer. See Ya all out there!
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:31 PM   #183
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So long as theres not too much snow, I have no problem packing a shovel. As far as dead fall goes, well I will just bring my saw. No problem...
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #184
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Lots of good riding around there. Be prepared for detours when riding early in the season.

I like the State Line Road, it can have snow well into June and sometimes into July. I once was blocked on July 25, not far from Quarles Peak. Lots of shaded spots and windfall that traps snow under the trees.

Roland Summit/Pearson/Loop Creek is probably opened early by the bicycle people.

'Where is Bunco? Near Athol? or somewhere up there? I checked the maps, along the MT/ID state border couple months ago (looking for passes), and there are some nice ridge roads between Athol and Wallace area.

I'm planning some St Joe riding this summer. See Ya all out there!
"The Bunco", aka Bunco Road turns into FS332. It's the road on the south side of Silverwood Theme Park. We usually run the "power line road" past Bernard Overlook. The overlook offers a really cool view over Lake Pend Orielle and Bayview. From there we run the 278 to Clark Fork or points beyond. A really cool view is at Spion Kop (wierd name!), it's in the vacinity of Jordan Saddle. I've only run that on the quad, really looking forward to giving the DR a workout!

As to State Line road, I only have run the northern part, from the Roland Summit area down towards the road that cuts back to Loop Creek, don't remember the number. Loved the ride, but figured snow would be an issue. Can't wait to see more!

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Old 03-08-2011, 04:14 PM   #185
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:44 PM   #186
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"The Bunco", akc Bunco Road turns into FS332. It's the road on the south side of Silverwood Theme Park. We usually run the "power line road" past Bernard Overlook. The overlook offers a really cool view over Lake Pend Orielle and Bayview. From there we run the 278 to Clark Fork or points beyond. A really cool view is at Spion Kop (wierd name!), it's in the vacinity of Jordan Saddle. I've only run that on the quad, really looking forward to giving the DR a workout!

As to State Line road, I only have run the northern part, from the Roland Summit area down towards the road that cuts back to Loop Creek, don't remember the number. Loved the ride, but figured snow would be an issue. Can't wait to see more!
I've ridden some off of Bunco....over towards the Happy Hermit all on single track. Independence is a lot of fun... Ride over to McGee Ranger Station.

Post up when you want to go and I'm game... KLR or X.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:50 PM   #187
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I've ridden some off of Bunco....over towards the Happy Hermit all on single track. Independence is a lot of fun... Ride over to McGee Ranger Station.

Post up when you want to go and I'm game... KLR or X.
providing he can pencil you in between his racing and Overseas trips.....
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:57 PM   #188
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Hey Now... I'm not scheduled for anything overseas anytime soon...for now.

I'd be game for some early season riding... clearing trails is fun....as long as you go into it knowing you're clearing trails.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:10 PM   #189
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Hey Now... I'm not scheduled for anything overseas anytime soon...for now.

I'd be game for some early season riding... clearing trails is fun....as long as you go into it knowing you're clearing trails.
I'd be okay with that... I can be the foreman... tell you guys what needs to be done and how....

..now if we are talking on the four-hooved rides then I'll bring the rope... let the horse do the work...
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:44 PM   #190
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I've got a few inches of hard packed snow and ice on the driveway...and am suffering from cabin fever. So I spent some time on Basecamp and with my FS maps planning some rides I want to do this summer. One is a loop around Priest Lake. Another I have in mind, is from the Bunco to Wallace, over to Taft and down the State Line road to the St. Joe. From there, either back down FS50 and over Rochett pass, or maybe keep heading south down to the Lolo. Anyway, what do the rest of you have in mind?
Please post up when you want to do this. Sounds like a great ride. I have done sections of that a few times. I plan to spend a few weekends camping around the Marble Creek/Avery area this summer.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:27 PM   #191
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Those both sound like fun rides IR. I am planning a trip from Priest River up the Eastside road to Coolin, over to Nordman and up to Granite Falls and the Cedar Grove, then over Granite Pass to Sullivan Lake. Fuel up in Ione, then ashpalt twisties to the Gillette Lake campground in Stevens County. Stay the night, then single track all the way back to Cusick is Pend Oreille County and asphalt home. It will probably have to be a mid summer trip too avoid the snow, but it should be fun.
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Those both sound like fun rides IR. I am planning a trip from Priest River up the Eastside road to Coolin, over to Nordman and up to Granite Falls and the Cedar Grove, then over Granite Pass to Sullivan Lake. Fuel up in Ione, then ashpalt twisties to the Gillette Lake campground in Stevens County. Stay the night, then single track all the way back to Cusick is Pend Oreille County and asphalt home. It will probably have to be a mid summer trip too avoid the snow, but it should be fun.
That sounds like a great ride! I really want to get to know the area on the East side of Priest. I know some of the more southern sections from hunting in the area, from Baldy Mountain Road (Sandpoint) up to Cavinaugh Bay, but nothing further north. I know there are some lookout towers on that side that I would like to check out. I mapped out the GPS track last night. Due to snow that will have to be late in the season.

Have you ridden around Bonners at all? I've heard there is some nice riding, but I don't know the area. I've ridden Pack River to Roman Nose, but the FS has so much of that country locked up due to Grizzly bears and caribou that it's pretty limited.
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:36 PM   #193
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Please post up when you want to do this. Sounds like a great ride. I have done sections of that a few times. I plan to spend a few weekends camping around the Marble Creek/Avery area this summer.
AON, I'm leading an ATV club ride up Marble Creek, over to St. Joe City and back to Calder (where we'll be staying) the end of June. I'm going to take the bike over a week or two sooner and pre-run the course and update the GPS track. If you're interested, I'll let you know when. It should be a pretty mild ride (unless snow or deadfall are major issues), but there are a lot of interesting historical logging sites and interperative places. Have you gone over Latour Creek/Rochette Pass? It's a nice way down to the Joe from Cataldo, really pretty! Only thing is, it's over 6k so snow will be a problem early.

One of my favorite rides in that area is up Slate Creek, to trail 16, over to Lake Elsie and down Cemetary Ridge. I've only done that on a quad, I don't have the experience to do trail 16 on a bike. You better riders might really like it, some spectacular country.

We (the ATV club) are also doing the Magruder this summer. A few of us did that ride last summer and had a great time. Unless my wife decides to come along, I'm taking the bike.

We need longer summers...and I need more vacation.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:06 AM   #194
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That sounds like a great ride! I really want to get to know the area on the East side of Priest. I know some of the more southern sections from hunting in the area, from Baldy Mountain Road (Sandpoint) up to Cavinaugh Bay, but nothing further north. I know there are some lookout towers on that side that I would like to check out. I mapped out the GPS track last night. Due to snow that will have to be late in the season.

Have you ridden around Bonners at all? I've heard there is some nice riding, but I don't know the area. I've ridden Pack River to Roman Nose, but the FS has so much of that country locked up due to Grizzly bears and caribou that it's pretty limited.
I've haven't been up around Bonners on a bike at all, but I have ridden quite a bit of the Pack River, Roman Nose and Trestle on sleds. I haven't really adopted the GPS thing yet, so I am not sure I could navigate that well without snow cover (everything looks different). Certainly willing to give it a go though.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:42 AM   #195
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Pic from Bernard Overlook. I'm just in the mood to look at pics...while I sit here contemplating the new snow we got yesterday. I'm sure most everyone has stopped here on the way to the Hermit.
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