East Kootenay Adventure Riders

Discussion in 'Canada' started by CanadianRocky, May 9, 2014.

  1. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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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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  2. Lav1200

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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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  3. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    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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  4. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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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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  5. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    East????....but Kootenay Lake is in the West Kootenays. Amend your thread title....:wink:

    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.:clap
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  6. edwin

    edwin Been here awhile

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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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  7. 250senuf

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    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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  8. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Bunch of road repairs between Deep Creek/Angel Falls on Hwy 6. They are finally moving them rock faces.:clap Makes for slow going and up to 15-20 minutes wait and I heard they may only pave later in the summer.:eek1
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  9. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    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. :D
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  10. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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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
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  11. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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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.
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  12. Lav1200

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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.
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  13. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    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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  14. CanadianRocky

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    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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  15. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    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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  16. CanadianRocky

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    I thought about doing the loop in August. Let me know when you get back from the north and we can set up a time. I have a couple of buddies who probably will join up.

    I was told there was some old growth big trees down by Ginockie Park. I would like to go see them.
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  19. Jäger 1

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    Not sure how I missed this thread so far...

    If you're that close to the Redding Creek route (the proper, traditional, East Kootenay name for "Gray Creek" dating back to when the Rose Pass was the easier way over), we may have to get a tape measure to see who is closer.

    I have an email list of Kimberley-Cranbrook dual sporters, but I think it is a bit dated.

    For onlookers here, I have posted a fair number of .gpx tracks for this area over on www.dualsportmaps.com; all ground truthed, although I don't ride them all every single year. I have the same username over there. The site has some features disabled by Google changes, but you can still search, view and download tracks.

    I also have a web address for road/bridge status in the Rocky Mountain Forest District; great way to get road status before heading out. Can't figure out how to do a copy 'n paste within the forum on this tab, so will have to provide that once in front of my real computer. Just leaving to get back home over Sulpher Creek...

    Always up for invites for rides or questions, and have a garage/space for any inmates heading through. I have a somewhat nomadic lifestyle between here and Whitefish MT, so I'm not always around. Email via this website is the best way to catch me.

    Time to hit the trail, won't be riding/checking the South Country roads on the way south as I want to ride the fire lookouts route east of the highway en route to Whitefish.
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  20. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    Nice to see someone close to where I live.

    I live in Wycliffe and work in Cranny (well, I don't really work all that much....)
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