KTM ing in the Kootenays

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Holaday, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Left North Vancouver early tuesday morning for Nelson. First stop was Hope for gas. Next stop Princeton for an Americano at Cowboy Coffee. We made it to Osoyoos for lunch and a swim. Next stop Greenwood for an Espresso shake at the Copper Eagle Bakery. I always try and stop here but usually find it closed. Being in Greenwood for me marks the start of the Kootenays eventhough technically its still Boundary country.


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    Greenwood is Canada's smallest incorporated city. The chick flick Snow Falling on Cedars was filmed here.

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    Greenwood is a really cool little town a great place to stretch your legs.


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    Next stop Christina Lake for another swim. Canada's warmest tree lined lake, the 20 km long lake reaches surface temps of 23 degrees Celsius [thats 75 degrees in American] in July and August. Great swimming.


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    Next stop Nelson. We are now officially in da Kootenays. :clap
    Dinner at Leo's. Awesome pizza and icy cold beer.


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    After dinner we headed out of Nelson to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. We had to camp in the overflow area because the regular campsite is full of people that are so organized they make reservations when they go camping.
    The overflow area was very full of less organized people. The tents were so jammed in there that I could here the old ladys beside us farting and talking in there sleep.

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    The blue tent is our neighbours, the first night they were there his alarm clock went off in his car at 4 am for 10 minutes till I got up and asked him to kindly shut it off:ddog


    Look who we met at Kokanee Creek. Well travelled Australian motorcyclist Ben Holland. Aus Ben I believe on ADVrider you may recognize him from other ride reports. Ben and his trusty KLR have been from Alaska all the way down to TDF. Had some beers and dinner with Ben, great guy.


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    Tomorrow we check out Toad Rock Campground.


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  2. Kodanja

    Kodanja Been here awhile

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    Looking good! Heading up to Kaslo? Get a day pass for the Moyie Sternwheeler.
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  3. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    This is Mary giving a tour in her custom Volvo work truck. Mary owns and runs Toad Rock. Super nice lady. Brand new sparkling clean bath and shower house in the background, laundry as well.


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    Toad Rock is set up to cater to motorcyclists who are traveling light. Mary has a couple of tents already set up so if you arrive late or its pouring rain you don't have to set a tent up. She also has a few cabins and old trailers or this bus you could stay in if you don't have a tent all have clean bedding and are only a couple of bucks more than tenting.


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    Kitchen facilities


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    Cabin



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    Gotta service your bike. No problem put it on the lift.



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    We were at Toad Rock in the morning and Mary said to help our selves to coffee. No coffee Mate here this is what I like in my coffee when on holidays.


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    Mary's Casa


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    Next stop just up the road a few kms Kaslo.


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  4. GB

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    Keep the Beautiful BC RR comin' :thumb

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  5. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Kaslo is an awesome little town, there is a good grocery store there and we ended up stopping in there most days to pick up supplies. We didn't check out the paddle wheeler in Kaslo but if you have time check it out. Very well restored.


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    Nicely restored hotel

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    After walking around Kaslo and picking up lunch we headed for the old Forestry Lookout on Mt. Buchanan high above Kaslo.


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    11 kilometers of very sweet logging road gets you to the Lookout at 6272 ft elevation. The Lookout is being rebuilt right now but should be finished this september by the looks of things.


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    Looking down on Kaslo


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    990S Shots



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    Heading back down



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    Tomorrow we head up into Kokanee Glacier Park and hike into the Canadian Alpine Club hut.


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  6. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Pretty much right across the highway from the Kokanee Creek campground the road goes into the Kokanee Glacier Park. 16 kms of nice logging road gets you to the trailhead.



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    Accessing these trailheads is always a good time on the 990



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    Big avalanche path




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    Trailhead parking lot



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    The resident Porcupine population of British Columbia has developed a taste for rubber tires, rad hoses and other vital components of automobiles this is the way you protect your vehicle if your going to be leaving it over night.



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    The trail climbs steeply to start with and in about a hour you reach Kokanee Lake



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    After about another hour of nice alpine hiking you reach the Alpine Club hut on the shores of Kaslo lake.




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    This is the Slocan Chief cabin built in 1896 originally used for the mining activity in the area. Today the cabin is a museum of local mountaineering history.


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    Well thats it for the day we'd better get back to the 990 before the porcupines start chewing on my Dunlop 908. Tomorrow we will head up Idaho Peak.
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  7. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    Good on you for getting out and exploring the back country. I live 1 hour from Kokanee Glacier but despite my wifes attempts to get me up there, I've never been. Glad you enjoyed the great Kootenays.
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    johnnyadventurepants Been here awhile

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    Hey Blair! Looking good so far! :lurk
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    Nice! Great pics and not very far for me to 'splore. I'll have to give it a go.
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    i was just up there too just a few weeks ago

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  12. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Thanks for your comments guys. Get out and explore one of these areas they are fabulous and right in your backyard.

    Blair :D
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  13. Holaday

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    Todays destination Idaho Peak high above New Denver and Slocan Lake. We headed north again to Kaslo for lunch supplies and then west on highway 31A to the turnoff for the old mining town of Sandon.



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    Museum in Sandon


    From Sandon we are treated to more sweet steep winding dirt roads.



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    Looking down on Sandon




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    Getting close to the top.



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    From the parking lot its about a half hour walk to the old lookout on Idaho Peak



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    Idaho Peak wildlife




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    This guy had no fear. We could of had Grouse for dinner but we had other plans.



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    Looking down on New Denver. There is a great municipal campground right on the lake where the creek enters the lake.



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    Looking south down Slocan Lake Valhalla mountains and Provincial Park in the background




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    Alpine Wild Flowers




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    From Idaho Peak we headed down to New Denver and Silverton.

    Coffee in Silverton



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    From Silverton we head south on HWY 6 along Slocan Lake




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    Back to the campground at Kokanee creek for a cocktail. Cheers.



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  14. ekms377

    ekms377 The 2-Stroke Guy

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    Another great report and ride! Thx!
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    Looking for updates? Completed ride report?
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  16. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    were you guys riding one or two bikes? great report where's the rest?
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  17. What-2-Do

    What-2-Do Been here awhile

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    2nd that. Would love to see more:deal
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  18. Skidding650

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    :freakyLet us know some more. I'm up to my ass in snow and getting tired of sledding. I need a bike fix
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  19. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    We were riding 2 up.

    Sort of ran out of steam on this ride report. I'll get back at it now.
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  20. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    The next day we had plans of heading for Monica Meadows or Jumbo Pass. We didn't feel like moving camp and those 2 areas would mean a really long day of riding and we were starting to get tired of all the riding. We would have to start heading home to Vancouver the next day so we just headed up the lake to Davis Creek. There is a real nice Provincial Campsite there right on the lake. We parked the bike and crossed the highway and headed up the Davis Creek Trail.

    Looking at the north end of Kootenay Lake


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    I think Glynis has had enough climbing for the day



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    Time for a shave :lol3


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    The next day it was time to start making our way home. I have never been one for taking the less scenic route so we went to Rossland.

    Old Firehall


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    There is a newly renovated condo upstairs here that you can rent. Check it out.

    http://www.oldfirehallcondo.com/Welcome.html

    From Rossland we decided to check out the Old Cascade Highway which is a dirt road that runs through to Christina Lake. It was a fun ride. Got lost once and had to do some back tracking. Sorry I only took one picture.

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    From Christina Lake we crossed into Washington State and headed to Republic for the night.


    Our first hotel after about 5 nights of camping.


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    Republic is a cool little old town


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    990 parked for the night


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    Full Moon a rising


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