South East Idaho

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Metalcarver, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. 97707

    97707 Go Long

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    Great pics on this page, Metalcarver.
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  2. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    I have the next 2 weeks free of major obligations. Anyone want to head out? Maybe Wyoming?
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    WoodrowBDR Been here awhile

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    Wyoming yesterday Mcdougal

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    WoodrowBDR Been here awhile

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    If anyone heads into the greys be aware lots of roads washed out 20170621_141313.jpg
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    Baconologist Been here awhile

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    Is 10138 passable on a big bike? work around for the washouts?
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    WoodrowBDR Been here awhile

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    Not sure. This map was at fs in big piney. My friend yesterday attempted to ride from murphy lake/grey road to labarge meadows and he says 3/4s way there the river is flooding the road. Hadcto turn around.AT and bmw1150. And they were doing some deep water crossings that morning by camp so it must be bad.
  7. Baconologist

    Baconologist Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I'll keep checking back since I'm a week or so away.
  8. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    !@#$%^&*

    I was hoping for 46. <sigh>
  9. Metalcarver

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    Called FS in Afton. You can get about 50 miles up the Greys River Road. Smith Fork road from 89 to LaBarge meadows has 8 feet of snow so that should be no problem for an AT. There is a bridge out on the LaBarge rd. So I will go frolic in the southern Caribou mountains. Maybe cross over into the Bear River Range south of Soda via Georgetown.
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  10. Metalcarver

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  11. IdahoAirhead

    IdahoAirhead Been here awhile

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    Metalcarver, I am envious of so many of your rides and the pictures of the great backcountry.
    If I had something other that my road bike, I'd be out there with you, but road tires on a road bike are rather tenuous on the gravel and dirt back roads out there.
    Hopefully, I can finish building my dual-sport bike before the 2018 riding season gets underway, and can get out there to see all of that great scenery.!!
  12. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    Not sure what rig you have but I don't think anyone would claim that my Vstrom was a dirt bike, but when I put gnobblies on it, it changed the world. Then there's the guy who took an R1 around the world...

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  13. Wallowa

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    Hey Idahodians and fellow riders "out east" or "down south"...a favor to ask...any of you that are going on the BOM this year and headed to Elkhorn Hot Springs on 7-15 would you mind posting any last minute road/fire conditions in Idaho, Wyoming on the BOM Planning thread?

    A couple of us are leaving my home in Enterprise, OR on 7-12 and meandering Cuprum, 579, Stanley, Custer, Cobalt [055], Salmon, Lemhi Pass, Bannuck to arrive 7-15 at Elkhorn HS.

    I will monitor what I can find but your local information would be greatly appreciated. Welcomed to also PM me with any tidbits.

    Thanks!

    Phil
  14. Metalcarver

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    Looks like the oven is going to crank up next week. So bring shorts and sandals. Custer already burned down or upstream anyway. Lots of fuel still in the hills. I'm heading to Wyo & Utah for a week. Myself and a couple others will be heading up the Medicine Lodge and rendezvous at the Elkhorn/Grasshopper CG.
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    Tell me about the Custer...last years burn or this year? Custer Bypass right? That is my route to Elkhorn on 7-14 then up 055 on same day...any info appreciated...as it gets closer I will call USFS..

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    Phil
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    I've been enjoying your ride reports. The scenery is great. My wife and I will be up in Pocatello July 17-19. I need some advice on some roads. We'll be on my 990 Adv. I want to go to Craters of the Moon. I was looking at going up the west side along Carey- Kimana road or the East side along Arco- Minidoka road. Are there any places along either of them I should worry about? Which one would be more scenic? We are quite capable on my bike, but not looking for any real rough stuff. I had rotator cuff surgery in March. I was also looking to go over to Alpine. The route I was looking at is going over Inman Pass to Reservation Road, then Paradise Road to McCoy Creek. Any suggestions on different routes? Thanks in advance. I guess you'll be at the BOM during that week. Hope you have a good time there.
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    Just got back from 7 days in Utah and Wyoming so catching up. I have not been on the Carey Kimana road but wanted to see areas that are grassland surrounded by lava since that's one of the last places that the original grasses grow - overgrazing in the Snake River Basin caused the sagebrush to take over a lot of grass. The Minidoka road is quite interesting and can blister your behind on a hot day. Chances to see desert elk and lots of antelope. It crosses right over the Great Rift that caused the Craters area. Don't know if it's still there but it has the most unusual cattle guards I've ever seen. Kind of an articulating series of bars. I went over it in the Vstrom ok but it puckers you up when you look at it. Don't stop. Inman pass may not have been maintained and this year there are a LOT of back roads that have really deep rain ruts. It's kind of steep at the top and primarily a ATV trail but a lot of mudder trucks hang in that area so just back off if it looks nasty. Paradise, Dan Creek, Crane Flat, McCoy creek are fine. If you can work it in the Skyline Ridge road, probably only about ten miles is one of my favorites of all time. High ridge, views of the Tetons. If you are heading up the Greys River try to do it on a week day. Bottom 30 miles is very popular with ATVs and Monster trucks with 5th wheel trailers. (lots of Utah plates) and can be dust bowl hell. I'll be doing a write up of the last 7 days soon and might give you ideas.
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    Yah, call the USFS. I went through 2 years ago and it was absolutely beautiful ( Custer Motorway ). Half the country you travel through in Idaho has burned. Means lots of flowers and brush for critters. It will be late enough that downed trees should be cleared.
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    I went over the 46 road from the McDougal Gap road to Thompson Pass and LaBarge Meadows 2 days ago - mostly fixed up. Smith Fork road was still blocked by snow.
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    138 from Thompson pass all the way down Greys River is passable. Went through 2 days ago. Quite bumpy compared to previous trips. All washouts have been repaired but with some rocky passes. Me on the Ural and friend on a 990. Bottom 30 miles of Greys River is gravel highway and fast.