North from Thompson Pass on the ID Centennial Trail?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by XR4EVER, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Kootenai Rider

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    Get on the pantra FB page, Tom wuest posted about it with his phone#. Really, if you want to, meet me at nettleton gulch at 8am Sunday, we'll ride up trail 8 until we find the guys with The trail machine. Bring your bike. We are basically gonna be grunts. I may bring a chainsaw, you know, just to make some noise.
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    I'd love to get out and ride this weekend, but I think my wife has had her fill of hearing excuses of why "I need to go riding this weekend." :annie

    :hide I'll try again next spring. The old XR needs some attention anyway. I'm pretty sure I cooked the oil the last time out. There was smoke coming off the engine in places I have never seen before. :huh

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    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    I moved the saw to the rear; I'm ready for some trail clearing! Now just a loooong 6+ months to wait. :cry


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    Winter sucks! The best riding around here seems to have the narrowest window. I never hit freeze out at Clarkia, LPO or Moyie this year.....damn
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    I rode up to Thompson Pass yesterday on the street bike and hiked about a mile up the trail to see what kind of condition the trail is in.

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    And a few of these:

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    ...But there is nowhere near the amount of downfall that there was last year. Maybe we'll make it more than 5 miles in 5 hours the next time up, and not worry about having to tow a tanker full of saw gas behind us! I was able to move a surprising amount of it by hand. :gdog

    The most promising part of the hike? No snow!! I'm sure that would change when you drop down the north face of the mountains, but it is so close, I can taste it!
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    Wanna go this weekend and do some cutting?
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    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    We'll see. I'm starting a new job tonight - swing/graveyard shift, Monday through Friday, 6pm to ? :puke1 I may need some time to adjust. If you go up without me, remember to turn left at the "Y" and cross the logging road (mile 5 1/2), through the camp site.... The trail should pick up again somewhere in there and run to the left along the ridge. That is where Wifey and I lost the trail last year.
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    We are going to take a stab at this tomorrow. We rode the state line road and some trail outside of pond peak. No Snow. This is good, because there was snow up there this time last year. My cousin says he has came down from the north down to the centennial trail from our camp spot. I will let you know how it works out.

    I was looking at a map and we were much further north than I originally thought last year. About 8 miles or so.

    Got the 190TC tuned up and ready to chew some wood....:evil
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    Man, I wish I could go! I'll be crawling into bed tonight at 2am; dirt bikes and chainsaws aren't smart with not enough sleep. Maybe I can talk the wife into picking up where you guys leave off on Sunday. If you wouldn't mind, post (on here) how far you made it after you get back tomorrow. At about 3 miles in, it drops down a north face. I'd be willing to bet there is snow there, so have a "plan B" route in the works. Have fun and be safe! And take pictures! :D
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    Short notice, but I'll be heading out there to do some solo trail clearing tomorrow morning. I'll try to be to the parking lot at the top of the pass by 6 or 7 am. If anyone wants to meet me there, great! If I'm already in the woods, I'm sure it won't take you long to find me. Just take it slow in case I am on my way back to the truck for something... I don't want to hit you head-on.
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    Have fun. Broke a bone in my hand playing softball so gotta take it easy on the bike. Might try riding Sunday
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    That sucks!
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    So I rolled up to Thompson Pass this morning at 5:45 to a cold and very wet trail. Things were going well for the first 2 1/2 miles (cleared 19 blowdowns) until I hit SNOW, and a whole lot of it! Dangit! Last year I predicted that this trail wouldn't be free of snow till July; looks like I was right. Probably mid-July at that! That is some deep snow!

    Single track bliss...

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    Then I loaded back up and went down the road a few miles and cleared another trail. This one was Raven Gulch, or Round Top trail (#142), depending who you ask. This trail wastes no time getting nasty, climbing 3000' in about a mile. I lost track of how many trees I cleared after 30 on this one! This is one of my new favorite trails. What a wicked climb.

    Just a few downed trees...

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    A seriously grown-in trail with a ton of soaking wet bear-grass pom-poms...

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    Ran into a little trouble on the way out. My rear end just disappeared out from under me...

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    I loaded back up and drove down to Coal Creek and went up and over Graham from there. I had to go up the mountain to pick up my wife's knee pads that she left up there last weekend. Super sweet trail, but man was it slick!!!
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    Just researching and was hoping the ole KLR 650 may be plausible but its not looking too friendly for my fully loaded pig.:cry
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    Thanks for the info and your work doing trail maintenance. thumbs up
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    Anything is possible! :evil

    There aren't too many trails I would say this about out loud, but this trail is at risk of being overgrown from underuse and neglect. I'd just hate to see it get closed down for that reason.

    It really isn't that difficult (again, I've only made it 5 miles so far...). The first mile or two are fairly level and it slowly gets more difficult as you go. You could try it, and if it gets beyond your comfort level, there are a fair amount of places to turn around. The most difficult spot on a heavy bike would be the rock garden around mile 4. Just don't :muutt

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    Short notice, but if anyone is interested in tackling a few more miles of this in the morning (early Sunday), PM me.
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    What an awesome day!!!! I made it 17.6 miles yesterday. My hands have a few new blisters from holding on for dear life over the boulders, but it was worth it. I might have made it further, but I had to stop every 1/8 mile or so to clear trail, I tried cutting through a rock once or twice (so my saw was cutting in circles), I sorta lost the trail where I ended up turning around, and I started getting paranoid about being out that far alone on a trail that maybe one or two guys on horseback travel on per year, not having cell service and my wife had no way of getting her bike out to look for me because I had the truck.

    One thing I have learned about this trail: Don't trust the map! There is a 2.6-mile section of trail that does not exist 5 miles in, and at the 17 mile mark I lost the trail again, only to check the satellite image after I got home to see that the next 1.3 miles of trail don't exist either. These sections sorta run parallel to logging/FS roads, and the road has just become "the way". If there ever was a trail, I can't find ANY trace of it.

    The trail did get increasingly more difficult, rocky, and harder to follow due to underuse. There was a lot of this:

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    And this:

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    And the views were great!

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    One trail branched off and climbed up the side of Black Peak, a 6300' mountain that has some sort of foundation on top for a lookout(?). It was quite a climb with a spectacular view.

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    Noxon (MT) Reservoir is the body of water off in the distance:

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    I stopped for lunch here at mile 17, where the trail intersected (and seemed to end) at a FS road turnaround.

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    I have been trying to load videos on Youtube all morning, but my internet connection SUCKS. I managed to get one loaded of me biffing it over a snow drift. I was expecting a soft and mushy flop into the side of the drift continued by a struggle to wrestle the bike the rest of the way over. I was NOT expecting the pile to be hard as a rock and slippery as ice! I gave'er hell and flew over the top! :D

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    I crossed over this forest service road at around mile 7. Maybe Some of you FS road riders will be inspired to use the clues to go and find its location..... :evil

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    I want to do this ride..... Maybe Sunday the... uh.... 28th of July I will have an open weekday.
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    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    This page has had 80+ views since yesterday, so I guess someone is following it besides just Kootenai Rider! I guess I'll keep posting updates.
    I think that might be my next available day also. :clap Consider it penciled in. The problem is, my wife holds the erasure.
    Here is the descent from Black Peak:
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