Owyhee Riders?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by marbee40, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Looking for ADV riders who live/ride in the Owyhees.

    Jim


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  2. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Bump? I'm going exploring on my new 1090R. Looking for anyone who knows the area or just wanting to go ride.


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  3. SCExpat

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    I have ridden quite a bit around Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch on my Husaberg FE501. I truck my bike out to the dirt or close by. Usually start at the weigh station on the way to Jordan Valley, but have recently began going from Jump Creek as it saves me opening/closing 3 gates each way. Most of it is 2 track and some dirt roads. If you have a lot of dirt riding experience, ride at you own pace (Not that I am fast) you should be OK on your bike. We did have a friend punch a hole in the case of his new F800 riding it like a dirt bike. :( My schedule is flexible so I like to go when the weather is good. I like the wide open spaces and with all the rain it is green and the scenery is incredible. Send me an email or PM.
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  4. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

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    The base of the Owyhees could be anywhere? What town are ya near?

    Definitely interested in that bike of yours
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  5. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Sorry, I shoulda subscribed to my own thread. I'm about 7 miles south of Marsing, right where the 95 curves towards Homedale. I like two-track on the 1090. Shes a bit piggy for single track so I've also got the old WR426.
    I'd really like to take that drop off from Flattop Butte down to Succor Creek but it looks a bit steep. My fear isn't going down, it's having to come back up if the trail peters out. Need a proof-checker along to keep me outta trouble.


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  6. trailrider383

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    I think you need to calibrate your compass. Marsing to Homedale starts out due west, then curves to the northwest and ends up due north coming into Homedale. South of Marsing on Hwy 95 is headed to Jordan Valley. Just sayin. :D

    I don't see a "Flattop Butte near Succor Creek? Where is that?

    I ride in the Owyhees and have a pig that loves two track.
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  7. TheAdmiral

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    Like trailrider383 I'm not familiar with Flattop Butte. Could you mean Round Mountain perhaps? If you go farther north on the west side of Succor Creek rd. you can drop into Succor Creek near the campground from McIntyre Ridge. I've ridden down it a few times but not up (for no apparent reason other than it wasn't the way I was going).:D
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  8. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Ok, this is embarrassing but Im using my phone. From my house near the Homedale/Marsing Cemetary, head down Hogg Road. Turn R on Poison Creek and head up the grade to Sands Basin Road. Follow this for about a mile. West of Sands Basin road is a really pretty mesa. Take a two track around the mesa and the trail eventually drops down a steep rocky hill. I haven’t gone down the hill yet. This entire trail runs essentially west. Sorry, new to the area so my internal compass is off. [​IMG]


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    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    On that map I posted above, you’ll see a gray optional route to the right, coming out of Homedale, up Thompson Road. This grey route intersects with my route just below the nasty section I want to tackle. Guess I could try that route first. Either way, I think the fluffy white stuff is here to stay. Good thing the WR is already studded up for winter.


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  10. trailrider383

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    I took that route over to Succor Creek State Park a few years back. There is a little reservoir at the bottom of that steep hill.
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  12. TheAdmiral

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    I saw a video of a rider coming down that section a few weeks back. He rode part way back up and then down again. He or someone else referred to the pond as Strodes Pond. It is in the upper (south) part of Strodes Basin. I haven't seen the actual name of this pond or reservoir on any map yet, so I'll go with Strodes Pond. I think the steep section is in the center of this screenshot I took from my video when I rode there earlier this year.
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  13. SCExpat

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    I have ridden that area a lot as it tends to be my favorite......except after it rains. Do not go out until a couple days after it rains to make sure the mud has dried. I have learned this the hard way......and more than once. D'oh.
    The trail in the Admirals picture connects to the main road that goes to the campground at Succor Creek. They have improved the bridge and now vehicles can drive over it. Before it was only ATV/SXS width. If you go down the main road you will miss that steep bit of downhill but will need to do a creek crossing. That is usually not over axle height. I used to park at the weigh station on 55 but have started to park at Jump Creek as it saves me 3 gates both ways. But.....there are some big hills on the road to Sands Basin rd. It would be quite challenging on a big bike (I ride my 500) due to lots of baby head rocks and turns in one section. This spring was incredible out there as it was all green rolling hills. One pic is at the bottom of the hill in question looking up.

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  14. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

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  15. TheAdmiral

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    I was out in the area this past weekend. I can't help it that it rained. I waited until Saturday afternoon but couldn't sit any longer. Most roads were ok, little mud here and there. However, there was this one spot...
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    I rode over here from the campground. Wet in spots so went slow but no gumbo like Saturday. Because we've been discussing it, I took a quick side trip back up by the dam to see if I could get better pictures of the steep trail. I would have tried going up it had it not been wet. It is pretty steep with the neked eye.
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    The main reason I came back to the area. Was told an old ranch or cow shack use to be here back in the 1950's. Lots of wire fence in the area. Found it so the legend could be true.
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    Found some other stuff while I was waiting out the rain. Good times.
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    You found some cool stuff out there. I have been in the mud more than once......as you say the road is mud free and good riding then there is that one spot you need to get through because you do not want to turn around. :(
    Still have mud stuck on my bike from one of those mud rides.
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  17. thesprocket26

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    I came down the steep road/trail into Strodes Pond this spring. Lots of loose rock, I don't know which way would be better, up or down. There was one section where I was riding more of a controlled slide, high pucker factor. The rest of the road out to Succor Creek Campground was wonderful and pretty fast in sections. I'd ride it again next year when it dries out a bit.
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