Jarbige NV in Oct?

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  1. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Anyone interested in, or already planning on exploring around Jarbidge, Owhyee wilderness and/or the Ruby Mtns in Oct?

    I have a bunch of time off in the 1st 1/2 of Oct. and would like to truck the KTM 350EXC-F out to Elko/Wildhorse for some adventuring.

    Camp off bike if ain't too friggin' cold, and/or get rooms if avail.
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  2. Sandbogg

    Sandbogg Been here awhile

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    I am interested, let me know when you get your dates set. :-)

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  3. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    OK! will do...what's your weapon of choice for such an adventure?

    Juan
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  4. Foot dragger

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    I might be interested,never been out in that part of Nevada.
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  5. Pops of the desert

    Pops of the desert Adventurer

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    You will be riding in the heaviest hunted portion of NV in the middle of deer and elk season. :eek1
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  6. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Yea, I' know...that's the only time off I have to get out there.

    Orange Elk?

    It would make a hell of a story....BLAMMO "motorcyclist mistaken for game animal..."

    rooms may be an issue and too noisy. I'm planning on camping if it ain't too cold.
    JB
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  7. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    I spoke with folks from the Outdoor Inn, plenty of rooms avail he first 1/2 of Oct. Not too many hunters yet.

    Sandbog reports from High Rock, cooler temps and some snow at higher elevations. We have a series of lows passing thru the area now, then should dry out and warm up a bit. Perfect for fall colors.
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    I'm thinkin' trailer the bike out and set up a basecamp at Wildhorse Resv, (if not too stinky from low water level fish kill- anyone have a report?)Then , do big loops from there, camp off bike, or return to base camp, and/or spend at least one night at the Outdoor Inn.

    Head out around Monday 7 Oct? (I have 'till the 17th off)

    I also want to move basecamp to the Rubies (Harrison Pass?) for some exploring, and later, Spencer hot Springs (Diana's Punch bowl ect).

    Juan
    "Flexibility is the key to indecision"
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  8. renogeorge

    renogeorge Long timer

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    It has cooled off. High country got some snow last weekend. Supposed to warm back up this weekend--70's. If you want to improve your chances of somewhat warmer weather, you might move south. You could camp out of Belmont or Middlegate. Tonopah would also be an option if you want to motel it.

    I have hunted deer out there for years. Lots of country, hunters are spread way out. I wouldn't sweat that part of it too much. Finding rooms in Austin, Eureka could be an issue. But I'm not even sure of that.
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  9. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    Just got back from Jarbidge. Was real nice weather while we were there on Monday. Cold stuff was coming, but we timed it just right. If you have alternate plans and could move your schedule according to the weather, it should work out nice. Colors were just starting to pop. We were in the Santa Rosa range Sunday. It rained all night and the mountain tops got dusted, but daytime temps were nice and we were snug in our tent by the time the rain began.
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  10. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Heading to Jarbige today, plenty of rooms at Outdoor Inn...too cold to camp....snow dusting yesterday. Fall colors Are fantastic!. 116 mile loop Saturday Paradise Valley, with hot tub soak. Details later.
    Phone posting difficulties.
    Jb
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  11. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    Woot!
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  12. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Spent the night in Winnemucca, trailered the bike to Paradise Valley, dropped wife and kids here at the Mercantile with some other local kids. They immediately became part of the community.

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    The old Micca House around the corner. Paradise valley NV.
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    Part Ghost Town, part ranching town, like a lot of Nevada

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    Abundant Fall colors exploring some canyons just West of Paradise Valley
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    Then Blasted North up the scenic Hinkey Summit...
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    Looking South back to Paradise Valley and Winnemucca.
    (All shots from HTC Cell phone, soon I'll get a real camera...)

    Up to Granite Mtn. just west of Hinkey Pass
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    Then off (East) to Mahogany Pass...
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    Near Lye Creek Campground

    Looking West back towards Granite Mtn. Near Mahogany Pass (Calico Mtns)
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    Then Greeley Crossing Rd back to Paradise Valley...
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    ..where the KTM 350 EXC-F w/ 13/48 trail gearing land speed record was set...80 mph...for many miles...melting the turn signals!
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    Had to cool my jets and monkey butt in the'Blossom Pot' Hot Spring near Paradise Valley on the Humbolt River.
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    Too hot here, need to find the tub....
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    Algae Blooms="Blossom Pot" name. Crystal clear deep hot water.

    Here it is...[​IMG] THE DRILL-Leave hot water pipe out of tub! Only add hot water as required, otherwise it's much to0 hot.....NICE!
    Back to family and new friends in Paradise Valley...
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    and the Sat night Prime Rib Special! sorry too hungry to think of a pic...

    Here's a Map of the Loop
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    And a short Narrated Video of this loop.
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    120 mile loop +/-
    More soon, still on the road...
    Juan
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  13. Sandbogg

    Sandbogg Been here awhile

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    Looks beautiful! I cant wait to get out that way.

    Thanks for the awesome report, I look forward to more. :-)
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  14. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Loaded up and headed out to reposition from Winnemucca to Elko. Cool and rainy. Headed up (in the heated truck with the family) to Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains just south of Elko to catch the first snowfall of the season at sunset-magical!
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    Headed back into Elko for a large Basque dinner...
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    Depart for Jarbidge in the AM
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  15. auldublinr

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    Thanks for posting.only recently I figured out all this great adventure up that way!!!! Just bought Nevada gazetteer so now I got the gimp on me to get up there. Next spring sounds good right?
    Keep up the good work and nice bike .:freaky
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  16. visualizerent

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    The road from Elko to Jarbidge is a fun adventure in itself. 104 miles total, 60+ miles of easy dirt with lotsa washboard this time of year. Trailering the bike, the washboard shook the straps off so I just unloaded the bike and rode while Jeni drove.:wings

    Had a nice conversation with a 3rd generation Basque rancher F. Goicoechea at his place about the road. The county (Elko) grades the road once a year in the summer. By Oct. the hunting traffic has it all washboarded out, ruins his trucks driving on it. It's illegal for him to grade it himself.

    I asked, "With the price of gas, the vast distances involved here, and the road condition...how can ranching be profitable?"
    "It's not!" was his short reply.

    The Basque come from North end of Spain in the Pyrenees mountains near France's border and are tough mountain people. They also have their own unique language unlike Spanish or French. Jeni explains all this to me as we travel as she grew up in Spain herself, and can easily pronounce the names of all the Basque named ranches we pass.

    Yea, June's a great month to visit Nevada, but for this one particular route to Jarbidge, you need to wait till after July 4th. 20' snow drifts near the passes generally block this route until plowed around the 4th. Call the Outdoor Inn at Jarbidge for an update at (775) 488-2311.
    For year around access, you can always get to Jarbidge from the North via Rodgerson Idaho, Murphy Hot Springs route (only 20 miles of dirt).
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    ADOBE RANCH

    Take 225 North (paved) over Adobe summit towards Wild Horse reservoir for 55 miles to 746 (rt-dirt) then 19 miles to Charleston Res.

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    DINNER STATION (225)

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    RANCHO GRANDE Independence Mtns behind.

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    P. ELIA RANCH

    From Charleston Res proceed 30 miles North on 748 (easy dirt) to Jarbidge and enjoy the sights!
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    B. PRUNTY RANCH

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    "BLOW UP YER T.V.
    THROW AWAY YER PAPER
    MOVE TO THE COUNTRY
    BUILD YOU A HOME..." J. PRINE- SPANISH PIPEDREAM
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    And that's just what we did with the kids on this vacation, no electronics at all. Just talk, sing, or read to while away the hours-fantastic!

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    "ALL MY PROFITS WENT BACK INTO RANCH IMPROVEMENTS..."

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    Pretty soon, as you head up the grade the Fall Color Show begins with earnest...
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    Until it just takes your breath away!
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    COPPER BASIN, NEAR COON CREEK SUMMIT 8442'

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    NEAR BEAR CREEK SUMMIT-8488'

    Then drop 2000' down into the Jarbidge Canyon the last 6 miles into Jarbidge.
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    ...And tell Nancy (Nana) all about your adventure at the Outdoor Inn!
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  17. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    awesome pics and riding. i'll remember this one, possibly next year can check the place out.

    nice 350, i know....:evil

    i saw one just like it at gold point nv last weekend.
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  18. Archery21

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    You timed this right, Viz. Great fall colors. A few questions. Are all the roads good enough for an overloaded Klr 650? How much are the rooms in Jarbidge? And finally what rear tire are you running and why that over a full knobby?
    Thanks, Dwight
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  19. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Good questions Dwight,...The road I described into and out of Jarbidge is perfect for an overloaded KLR! HOWEVER, I would NOT advise adventuring off the beaten path on an overloaded KLR 650(I own one too), the plentiful jeep trails in the area quickly turn steep, loose, and very rocky. Jarbidge is located down a steep canyon @ 6000' surrounded by 10,000' mountains less than 2 miles away.
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    "JUST STAY ON THE BLUE LINE AND YOU'LL BE FINE..."
    I'll show more of these conditions beyond the blue line in the next installment.

    The Outdoor Inn administers all the rooms, meals, and drinking (775) 488-2311
    The 'Hotel' with bathrooms in each room is $65/ night and is located right next to the Outdoor Inn
    The 'Barn' located 1/4 mile south (where we stayed) is $35/ night with bathrooms down the hall. We had the Barn all to ourselves and it was great, it could get noisy with multiple guests.
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    THE BARN HOTEL, JARBIDGE NV
    Both places are warm, clean and well worth the price as they are the only game within 110 miles.

    Loads of camping around town when it's warmer. I froze a 5 gal. jug of water solid one night. Nice during the day.

    The rear meat is a Pirelli MT43 'trials' tire and a popular choice for adventure riding. They don't tear up the trails like a knobbie (required on some designated singletracks), ride and wear well on asphalt, and perform great in rocky conditions when deflated to 9-12 psi.

    Juan
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  20. Archery21

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    Thanks Juan. Great RR! Beautiful pics.
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