The long way 'round: Big Southern Butte.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by dorkpunch, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Managed to sneak away for a few hours yesterday and what was supposed to be a little ride ended up being a little longer.

    Sometimes I feel trapped here in South East Idaho- we have a plethora of long, straight, boring roads. If you ride for an hour in just about any direction, you start to get into some more exciting areas but I just never have the time to ride for an hour to get to the good riding spots.

    That needs to change. Consider this my exploratory route to see which directions I need to head for the "good" roads.

    Lets pound some pavement! Originally, I figured I would ride out to Craters of the Moon and back, past Big Southern Butte. It's about 50 miles as the crow flies from my house, a fair bit further if you get there on roads. The nearest paved road is still quite a ways away, this thing is HUGE.

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    But you can get fairly close. 'Bout as close as you can get from the highway.

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    Gotta love the Idaho desert.

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    Made it to Craters- will have to take the fam out here and hike around for a bit. This is on the back side of the butte from where I started.

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    Yup, still more boring Idaho desert.

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    I did finally make it out towards the mountains and found a few interesting roads I'll have to explore in the future.

    1,000 down, and only 5,000 more miles to go to my goal for the year!

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    Pretty uneventful ride, but I did see this off in the distance coming out of Twin Falls.

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    Not sure what caught on fire, but they were just unhooking the trailer as I went by.

    Looped around and hit I-15 for the South view of the butte...

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    Almost home, with the butte waaaayyyy off in the distance.

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    Not a bad trip- 302 miles in about 4.5 hours.

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    Next time, I'll cut off to the North and get up into the fun stuff I hope!
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  2. sideshowrob

    sideshowrob Adventurer

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    Great Pics! I feel your pain. We are close to some AWESOME riding.......all about an hour away.
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  3. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    It's even worse having lived in NE Washington... I could ride out my garage, go 4 blocks to the edge of town, and be on 100's of miles of fire roads and trails... Not to mention all of the sweet winding paved roads!

    My poor dirt bike is feeling really neglected out here. Really need to ride out to the top of the butte sometime! Don't really want to do that one alone though...
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  4. Castleman

    Castleman Been here awhile

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    Nice ride report. How about some pics of American Falls the next time your close by. I sure do miss that place. Grew up on a farm about 1 mile from the Indian Springs Natatorium.
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  5. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Not sure if you would have wanted ride up the road to the top of Big Southern Butte, but I'd like to see what I missed. Of course my mode of transportation at the time was a bit slower and a side trip to the top was out of the question. I hear ya on the wide open spaces, but boring is a matter of interpretation.

    Here's a view of Big Southern Butte from our wagon train ride back in late April. View is looking NW at the SE
    side of BSB.
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  6. dorkpunch

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    Thats pretty cool! A neighbor down the street has done the wagon train thing out on the desert a few times I believe, you may know him.

    I'd LOVE to make it to the top, on a different bike obviously... We attempted it a few years ago but it was still snowed in. Ended up going a few different places.

    I hear you on the "boring". There is some cool and flat out weird stuff out on that desert. Would love to go explore it more but again, its hard to find the time and even harder to find someone else to show me around out there.
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