East Kootenay Adventure Riders

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

  1. Cerveza

    Cerveza Adventurer

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    Heads up to anyone looking to access Ram Creek Hotsprings for a soak, or ride the Ram Creek FSR through to the Lussier River FSR. The section of road that runs through the Ram Creek Ecological Area has been decommissioned and is currently completely impassible to anything but foot traffic.

    We tried to get to the springs on quads from both sides on the weekend. Coming from the Skookumchuck side the last 2.2km of the road up to the hotsprings has been dug up with a backhoe in a checkerboard pattern, and would make for miserable hiking. Coming from the Top of the World side the last 0.8km of the road down to the hotsprings has been resloped, and a decent foot trail is forming.

    We ending up hiking down to the springs after coming around from the backside. There is some elevation gain coming back out, but it is a fairly easy hike from that side.

    Thankfully they did not destroy the soaking pools at the hotsprings, and they were as good as ever. Well, the best shape I have seen them since the mudslide a few years ago anyways.

    It was pretty disappointing coming up on the wall of dirt though. They spent a lot of tax money destroying that road, and I for one would like to know the name of the bureaucrat who thought that was a good use of funds.
  2. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    They did that "for our own good"....I took this off their website.

    • Motorized users are advised that the section of the Ram Creek Forest Service Road which previously traversed through Ram Creek Ecological Reserve has been permanently deactivated and reclaimed for public safety, due to significant debris torrent hazard to the geothermal site. All resource roads adjacent to Ram Creek Ecological Reserve remain open.

      BC Parks does not recommend recreational use of the warm pools within Ram Creek Ecological Reserve.

  3. Cerveza

    Cerveza Adventurer

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    I wish I would have taken some pictures, it was disgusting. I have been going to Ram Creek for the last 20 years. A "Use At Own Risk" sign would have been enough. There has only been one slide in its history and that was during a major rain event. It's common sense not to be up in that valley when a 50mm downpour is going on.

    It's a shame that my aging father, who was the first one to take me there as a child, will never be able to return due to bad knees. It's one of his favorite places.
  4. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    Big Brother strikes again...
  5. tokenboy

    tokenboy Gnirly Adventurer

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    I did the Ram Springs/River road last summer on my 990. Coming south on the Lussier River FSR and turning onto the White Ram FSR the sign stated the road had been deactivated and is no longer in use/maintained. We went up with the understanding we may have to turn back.

    Immediately is appeared that the road was now more of a quad trail, but looked to be very well maintained, well at least in the sense we could get through on loaded 990s. Right at the ecological reserve area the road was in much worse condition, but we managed through and eventually continued south and ended up in Skookumchuck. All in all it was a great road. I only snapped one photo on it and it was my buddy coming up the wet part.

    [​IMG]

    I meant to get back to it this year, but did not, and now I guess I may never again. Too bad.
  6. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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  7. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    Anyone been over the Grey Creek Pass this weekend?
  8. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    I went up Kootenay Lake Road and over to Nelson on the boat today. There was fresh snow on the top of the Mountains just to the South of Grey Creek Pass. Not sure how far down it is off the top.
  9. botanybiker

    botanybiker Adventurer

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    Cranbrook Ron with the GSAW, I've lost your phone number, message me if you see this. cheers,
    Mike
  10. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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  11. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    I am picking up a 2009 Bonneville on Thursday. It will be my Go-to city bike, with the GS my highway/gravel ride.

    And here she is ......

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  12. botanybiker

    botanybiker Adventurer

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    Happy New Year riders! I'm sure I'm not the only one pining away for the first two wheel ride of the year... In th meantime, I'm mounting my timbersled onto my berg and am keen on finding others into some snowbiking in the East Kootenay. Am located just out of Cranbrook and planning on riding this Sunday.
  13. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Saw a couple of KTM450 Timbersleds in the back of a pickup in downtown Nelson last week. Seemed that fun had been had, lots of snow on them.
  14. edwin

    edwin Been here awhile

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    we snowbike......self-propelled fatties that is.... :)
    keeps us fit for sures.
    happiest of new years, ehs?!
  15. botanybiker

    botanybiker Adventurer

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    Just got my GSA insured for the year, am no longer jealous of the other riders. First ride of the year was slightly chilly but pleasurable and everything checked out on the machine. It's soon to be time for the first roadtrip of the year; this time it is to Portland for a restoration ecology conference then south to the redwoods and then beyond into the desert in California.
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  16. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    Nice. I have been riding the Bonny for a month now. My GS is for sale and I am undecided on my Motorcycle direction this year. Keep the Bonny or sell her and pool my resources for something else. There are a couple of ElectaGlides I have my eye on, maybe a new 1200 RT or GS next year. Bear, my dog, is now 15 so I won't be leaving him like I did last year. I bought him and me a camper for the Dodge. We are heading to the Oregon/California coast in May and then over to the Grand Canyon. It's the Summer of Bear.
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  17. trex300

    trex300 Been here awhile

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    Bike's on the road now...anyone feel like getting out for a ride?
  18. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    Looks nice across the weekend. Sunday would be a nice day. What do you have in mind?
  19. trex300

    trex300 Been here awhile

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    Camping at Horseshoe this weekend, Sunday afternoon ride when we get back? Red F150 and tent trailer...stop in Saturday and say hi. Rick...
  20. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky Riding since 1968

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    So, the Bonny did not last very long. I bought this last week and put the Bonny up for sale. And this is just about as much Off roading and dirt as "Darla" will ever see ....

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