North Idaho - help plan my ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Kodanja, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. IdahoRenegade

    IdahoRenegade Long timer

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    You're right, Fishhook is a beautiful ride. It looks like you're going over Freezeout Ridge, also very nice.

    I want to let you know about trail 16 if you haven't done it. It has some (not many) pretty good dropoffs and stairsteps over some rock slabs and exposed roots. It's popular with dirt bikes and ATVs. It's a bit narrow, a few quads are lost every year. I see BMWs in your links. This trail might be a bit challenging on bigger bikes. I want some more experience before trying it on a DR650. It might be a non-issue, even on big bikes, for more experienced riders.
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  2. Jason Abbott

    Jason Abbott Long time Idaho rider

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    Thank you for the heads-up. I've plotted several alternates to the ridge trails and kept to distances that won't have us hurrying. No shame in turning back. I get around alright on that GS but we may have a less experienced guy on an XR 650 so good to know conditions.

    Kodanja, sorry to co-opt your thread a bit. If we get back before you leave, I'll post with up-to-the-minute conditions and ideas.
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  3. Kodanja

    Kodanja Been here awhile

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    No problem....good to hear anything about the area. Thanks for the links....I like the way you set your flickr page up. Have a great ride.....looking forward to your report!
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  4. IdahoRenegade

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    Jason, you guys might not have any problem. The part I was describing is from Lake Elsie east to Slate Creek Saddle. There are bail-out routes at Lake Elsie if nothing else, both north and south. There are only a couple bad spots, and with a group, you could help each other over them. You're going the right way-west to east is downhill. The part of the trail I'm familiar with west of Lake Elsie IIRC is wooded and a bit hilly, but I don't recall it being badly rocky...but I've only run that part once a couple years ago (on a quad at that).
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  5. Kodanja

    Kodanja Been here awhile

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    I've already been across the Dent Bridge along the Elk River Road to Elk River. I'd like to ride through Weippe, Pierce and Headquarters on Hwy 11 to see other communities. Google maps show a route off 11 (merging into County Rd 247) to Elk River via Telephone Creek Rd (turns into Grandad Rd), a bridge crosses the Dworshak Reservoir and continues on Aquarius Rd into Elk River.

    Anyone ridden this?
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  6. IdahoRenegade

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    Kodanja, I've ridden from Elk River to Grandad Bridge. It's a good road, and IIRC there are actually some signs for Grandad pretty much all the way from Elk River. Compared to much of that country, it's an easy one to follow. I can't speak for the roads south of Grandad Brigde, we went as far at the bridge and headed north to Avery.

    We were on quads, but actually passed some guys on adventure tourers. Actually, seeing them was kinda what got me on the kick of looking for a bike.
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  8. Jason Abbott

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    We rode that last year—Elk River, Aquarius, Grandad, Telephone Creek, Pierce (here's the report). We detoured onto some ATV tracks but the regular road is well maintained gravel, no issues.

    Edit: Knowing you're a photo guy, let me add that I didn't find Aquarius and Telephone Creek terribly photo-worthy. Gravel roads through evergreens with no meadows or vistas I recall. Still great to be out in the mountains but not as scenic, in my opinion, as other nearby places. The road up along the North Fork of the Clearwater is fantastic but you can't easily loop anywhere from there with your Anakees.
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  9. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    If you go to Wallace, then you should definately go to Murray, and to the Spragpole Museum of north idaho mining and life. It is truly unique. From Wallace there is a cool dirt rd that goes over the pass and comes right to Murray.

    http://silver-valley.com/sprag_pole/
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  10. Kodanja

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    Thanks Jason..... In that case I'll most likely loop back to Orofino then. Appreciate the tip!
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  11. Kodanja

    Kodanja Been here awhile

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    Excellent advice....I'm on it!
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  12. Jason Abbott

    Jason Abbott Long time Idaho rider

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    How far would you say it is from Wallace? Delorme Topo is telling me it's almost two hours.
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    from wallace over dobson pass then beaver creek / delta murray rd im thinking is 27 miles or so, an hour should do it. Dobson is paved, then the portion from there is gravel.
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    The food and drink at the Spragpole aren't bad either!
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  15. Ladybug0048

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    Since I didn't get much in the way of pictures while down at the St. Joe last weekend I'll give you this link: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=404998&page=52 This was from a gathering down there a few years ago and there are a lot of pictures. If you spot something you want to see but where it is isn't identified let me know I can probably tell you how to find it.

    A big YES on the Sprag Pole in Murray, it's a must see.

    Looking at a few of the pages of pictures make me think we might just need to do another gathering down in that area next year.
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  16. Kodanja

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    Thanks Ladybug....much appreciated! I'll have to keep better watch on AdvRider for your invitations to ride.....that trip sounds like everyone had a great adventurous time.
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  18. glassman64

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    Kojanja, TheTourist and I are planning a trip to Glacier Park in mid Septober,,,,, TheTourist on,,, DR350 aka "the Girble, and I will be on and XL350 aka "lil Pig,,,,,,,,we will be leaving Moscow, mid day or so on the 16th of september. According to his route, it will take us to somewhere around Avery the first nite ,, and then on to Glacier the next day.... A couple of days in Glacier and then westward toward Yak,, and then thru the Kootenies,,,, and probably down around the Clark Fork area...
    According to TheTourist,,, it will be gravel and secondary pavement ......
    Nothing fast,,,, just some good riding,, beautiful country and alot of stop and goes for pics... lol
    Leaving Avery,,,, it looks like we will be running over Moon Pass ,,, towards Thompson Falls,,,, and then north... but some of which is to be determined,,,,,, I am leaving the map reading to "bro",,,, TheTourist,,,, lol
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  19. Kodanja

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    Have a great ride....you'll really enjoy Glacier! I'm leaving Sept 16th from Warm Lake...back roads through Warren to Riggins for the night, then up to St. Maries. I'll be running the loop ride that IdahoRenagade posted earlier..... probably with a few side excursions.
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  20. glassman64

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    Thanks ,,,,, enjoy your ride up here too,,,,, just becareful of the "critters",,, dear and elk around dusk,,, and early morning..
    Be safe ,,, and enjoy.....
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