Rides in the Kootenays

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  1. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    I will be doing a trip this year to the Kootenays. We will be setting up base camp in Kaslo and doing day rides from there. We will be a mixed group of riders with everything from KLR's to GS1200'S. I''m looking for suggestions for day rides with a mix of forestry roads and asphalt. Nothing too knarly because of a couple of big bikes with inexperienced dual sport riders.

    We will be doing the Buchanan lookout. Also interested in the Koch Creek powerline but can't find it on the map.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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  2. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Get one. Lots of good stuff back there. Be sure to do Trout Lake ,an easy dirt road ride all the way around. From Sandon there is a little knarlier ride up the mountain to Idaho Peak.
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    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower

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  4. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Rode the abandoned rail bed Columbia Western line from Christina Lake to Castlegar this fall. Easy day highly recommended. Check out my ride report below for some Kootenay ideas. Great area.
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  5. MCMXCIVRS

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    So many options in that area. The one mentioned all ready are all good. Another nice road is the Wilson Creek FSR off Hwy 6. The section from Roseberry to Wilson lake is easy and well maintained, the section from Wilson lake back out to Hwy 6 just south of Nakusp is a bit rougher. Also at about 10K north of Roseberry, there is a turn off just before you cross Wilson creek, it's only about 1 Km uphill to a parking area and then a 1.5 km hike into some spectacular water falls.

    Another lookout ride is Idaho peak, which is also a fairly easy one with a good hike at the end to the lookout with an amazing panoramic view. There's also Cody caves and the Woodbury FSR just south of Kaslo. Just to the north of Kaslo is the Keen creek road which will take you all the way up to Kokanee Glacier Park. Nearer to Nelson, the six mile lakes road is nice and comes out onto the easy Lemon Creek FSR which will come out onto Hwy 6 near Slocan.
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  6. 250senuf

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    Koch Creek Powerline track:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=772753

    Another one: Kaslo to Fish Lake (near the summit heading to New Denver) via the Old Wagon Road. I'll have to dig up that track, might have posted it in the Tracks sub forum but the search isn't working too well at the moment.

    Might be too gnarly: from Retallack over Rico to Cody/Sandon. Haven't done with the moto but did it with a mountain bike decades(?) ago.

    Sandon to Idaho Peak, already mentioned.

    A word of caution re the BackRoads Map Book: they took all the mapping info they could get their hands on and threw it in. There is still major vetting to be done. Get some local knowledge input.
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  8. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    Some excellent suggestions everyone. Thanks :D
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  9. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    I had forgotten about the Old Wagon road, its narrow in spots with some drop offs, but doable on a big bike.

    I haven't heard much about the Cody-Retallack route in a few years. I've never done it and had heard that it may have been wiped out and impassable now. Local knowledge might prove more reliable on that one. At any rate it was always a very technical route better suited to smaller bikes as I understand.

    And of course for the way out the ever popular Grey creek pass is a nice easy ride.
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  10. 250senuf

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    You can access the Koch powerline from Slocan City and not have to go all the way south to Passmore. Cross the Slocan river at Slocan City and go through the Little Slocan Lakes valley. Gravel travel on the Koch Main FSR, coming from Kaslo via New Denver
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  11. Mike Ryder

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    Duncan lake can be a nice ride.

    http://goo.gl/maps/Puh8B

    The green arrow points to a great campsite. The water can be inexplicably warm mid summer. Good fishing near the campsite with a set of falls that will never be kayaked. The Duncan lk. road is blocked beyond the lake by some bigish ditches.
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    I've got a few GPX files for the area if you want them, just PM me an email address.
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  13. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    The campsite looks tempting. Are the bikes able to reach the beach or do you have to hike in?

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  14. Lav1200

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    I have done the Cody-Retallack route the past few years with a group from ADSMC... certainly doable on a big Adv bike and a beautiful ride. E-Town - PM me if you want the tracks.

    Another fun one is the Mt Lavina Lookout just across from Meadow Creek (north of Kaslo)... great views and big bike friendly.
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  15. Mike Ryder

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    good road to the site, boulder beach some shade, make your own table.
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    1) Meadow Mountain, used to be pretty good road, haven't been in years - this was before they started cat skiing up there, bet they clear downed trees for ski access. 2) Up to Ferguson from Trout Lake, road used to go back quite a ways beyond Ferguson. 3) And a bit far north, but up near the ferry to Revelstoke, there's a road up the Incomapleux (that'll be spelled wrong!) River. Gee, now I want to get back there.
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  17. 250senuf

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    Incomappleux. So, close enough. I dug out a map to check.
    There are still some groves of old growth (read massive) cedars up there.
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    Burrell Creek FSR from Edgewood down to Grand Forks. But I think you can also veer off Burrell and go down to Renata and then south to Hwy3. Or so a well known local logger told me a few years back. Mind you he does drive a proper logger's vehicle aka large 4wd truck.

    And there is also Watshan Lake to Arrow Park and ferry across to East Arrow park and also more roads to loop around just North of that. Mosquito Creek??? Been a while since I was up that way, sure a good place to see bears.

    Anyone with a smallish enduro bike (or two actually) for sale in the Kootenays???:D I have a few more loops to investigate but I doubt they'd be good for GSs or even KLRs. For now I am not sending anyone to my backyard/ATV trails until I find out by myself....:eek1
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  19. 250senuf

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    Up and over Bulldog Mtn is the "fun" part. Going up from Renata is steep and loose. Packing a chainsaw might not hurt too unless one can confirm that the quaders have cleared it recently.
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    Chainsaw?:lol3....driving up one road and then coming back and tree on the road that fell within the last few hours, not uncommon up here.:eek1 My first drives up there in the spring.....chain saw and crowbar for the rocks and I have used both.:eek1

    Loggers working above the roads.....:eek1 They dropped a huge log down on the road passed Meagher Creek in the Pemberton area. Sure blocked my way out, had to sit and wait for a little while until the two big pick-ups/loggers with BIG chainsaws came down and cleared the road.:eek1

    And then the Watshan Lake to Arrow park, just a few years ago some pot grower diverted a little creek for his "water needs":wink:....that plugged up and caused quite a slide blocking the road for a few days.:eek1
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