3 Days in the Idaho Backcountry Riding Singletrack

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by nada_scurb, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. nada_scurb

    nada_scurb Single Tracker

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    Never heard of skeleton creek. Can you get me some more info on that?

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  2. BBriggs

    BBriggs El Noobo

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    Just had the chance read your report, very nice!

    I ride most of the trails that you were on all summer.

    I have rode the Big Elk and Bear creek area, the trails on Big Elk are very confusing and not used much but that is the best part. It has taken many trips through there to learn that area. Once you know the trails it's some of the best single track around. In places the trails do vanish but if you look around a bit your will find it again. These trails can be very difficult.

    If you ever want to come back up and ride it I would be happy to show you around.

    Berg
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  3. nada_scurb

    nada_scurb Single Tracker

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    I have talked to quite a few folks in the area about some help. I am planning on doing the ride again in July. Sometime before that I would love to ride through again. Lets try and hook up when the snow melts and go for a ride.

    I actually rode some stuff just outside of Smoot, WY a few months ago. Do you ride over there as well?
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  4. BBriggs

    BBriggs El Noobo

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    I have not done any riding in Smoot.

    I'll send you a pm with my contact info.

    Riding Bear creek before July can be hazardous to your bikes health. On a ride in June It started to rain at about 10:00 AM and by 9:00 pm on are way out the creek had come up 1 1/2 ft. By 6:00 am the next morning It was unridable when we went back to get a friend that had to spend the night because he to run to of fuel.( He was on a two stroke and had no oil). We found a hunting camp with tent food water and propane heater sleeping bag, I think he had a better night than I had riding out. In the morning It toke three people to one bike to cross the creek crossings it was nut deep and you could hardly stand up.

    Berg
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  5. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Awesome lads, great report, very enjoyable read. Good to see the search and rescue boys being so accommodating! Idaho looks like another fantastic place on this planet to ride... I need to win the lotteries so I can just trail ride my life away... keep up the great reports, looking forward to reading more!! BTW the WR rocks:super
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  6. Salt Lick

    Salt Lick Weissbiermann

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    Great ride tale. Your balls are much bigger than mine! :thumb
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  7. nada_scurb

    nada_scurb Single Tracker

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    Sounds good!! When you win let me know and we'll go for a ride!!

    The WR is an awesome bike!!
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  8. jgas

    jgas Stoogely Adventurerer

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    I gotta move to Idaho. Here in Ar. almost all of the singletrack has been blasted out by quads and the USFS won't let us make any more, even when we agree to make it with no money or help from them, and do 100% of the maintenance. Soon there will be no singletrack here unless dirt bikers get off their butts and get organized and work directly towards that goal. Everyone wants to just ride, race, and hope for the best while all other off roaders are finding ways to promote their individual sports and goals.

    There used to be thousands of miles of good singletrack in Ar. Now there is probably no more than 300 total. Most of that has been stolen by hikers and horse riders even though motorcycle riders originally made it.
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  9. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Excellent ride report, thanks
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  10. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    jgas, thanks for resurrecting this one. I wouldn't have found it otherwise.

    Nada: What a great report. :clap :clap

    Did you ever get back to do it again?
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  11. Mud894

    Mud894 Adventurer

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    I realize I am waking up an old thread, but I have spent the last 4 weekends up on Big and Little Elk Mountains. Even 5 years later, much of what was written remains true. If you do not know this area, the trails are marked on bottom, but connections on top not at all.

    I enjoyed the area so much, I decided to make an account and actually post to the forums. I recently typed a followup on the trails 130, 157 and 44. See here if you are looking to visit this area.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=918122
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