East Kootenay Adventure Riders

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

  1. KSO

    KSO Grab a Handfull

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    From what I see on google maps the road ends on the east side of Kootenay Lake north of Kootenay Bay? Is that true? Im wanting to work my way up to Poplar Creek after doing Gray creek Pass east to west in August. Thanks
  2. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    You'll have to go up the west side of the north arm of Kootenay Lake to get to Poplar Creek. Free ferry from Kootenay Bay to Balfour.
    On the east side you can get to about across the lake from Kaslo on logging roads.
  3. sector

    sector Long timer

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    Yeah, we explored it in early August last year and it was pretty overgrown near the top. Maybe this year I'll pack some snippers on the bike. It probably wouldn't take much and seems like it could be a great loop!
  4. OldMedic

    OldMedic Trouble Maker

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    Hey guys, is Grey Creek Pass open yet?

    Looking at a trip early June....
  5. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Doubt it. Snow warning for Kootenay Pass over this weekend and it's a lot lower than GCP. Usually early to mid July opening. Might be late June this year.
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  6. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Last year, two of us punched a hole through the last remaining bit of snow at the summit June 6. Deepest was about 40 cm. Our buddy we met coming up from the east side went back via the power line road and it was clear of snow. (KTM dirt bikes)
  7. botanybiker

    botanybiker Adventurer

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    There was only patchy snow on Kootenay Pass last Saturday so it should be worth the risk to try pushing through Gray Creek Pass on more nimble bikes as there is likely some snow in the shade.
  8. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Lots of rain in the forecast, at least for the next 6 days. That'll knock the snow down to a manageable level.
    Trees and slides will be the holdup though......

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  9. tokenboy

    tokenboy Gnirly Adventurer

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    Anyone know if Quinn Creek Rd heading north from the Bull River FSR to Whatshan Lake is still passable? Seems that there are some big washouts over the past couple years.
  10. KSO

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    I was up there last week and a couple that I was camped next to at the confluence said you could make it . They were doing it on their 4 wheeler. I opted out and took the Bull River road north.
  11. edwin

    edwin Been here awhile

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    if you go give the deets. i like to use Quinn to Blackfoot instead of Bull.
    thanks!
  12. tokenboy

    tokenboy Gnirly Adventurer

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    Thanks guys. Sounds like we'll stay in AB and visit the Dakota crash site, Lille ghost town, and the take on the Oldman FSR.
  13. TripleDubYa

    TripleDubYa Intrepid Explorer

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    Crossing over into Canada for a little exploring after finishing the Idaho BDR next week and taking suggestions on where we should go. A mix of tarmac and forest roads would be great. My riding buddy is deathly afraid of a bear encounter so would like anybody's take on the probability of that happening.
  14. cal08

    cal08 Been here awhile

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    It's real. I see bears enough that it is a normal thing. I've never had an issue with them however. They all seem to run away. There are others WAY more experienced than I that can chime in. My two bits: go for the ride. I think it's like seeing a 10; it's a treat, but you just know she won't be coming over for chit chat.
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  15. AirXn

    AirXn n00b

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    Is there anybody out there? Anyone been out for a ride on our muddy trails?
  16. edwin

    edwin Been here awhile

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    she be harvey duty snow (and falling) 'round fernville.
    month?
  17. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    GC Pass isn't usually open till late June earliest. More snow than usual this year.
  18. Pjammer

    Pjammer Adventurer

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    Anyone with 1st hand info on Grey Creek, and/or Bull River? I know it's early, but I might have a free weekend coming up, and would like to try something new

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  19. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    No first hand evidence but the boys were out sledding around Fernie last week. The west side of Gray Creek may be clear but I can guarantee the east slopes will still be snowed in.
  20. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    Probably take my 500 and head up Coco Claims this weekend, I will post where the snow level is