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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by dbern, Mar 30, 2019.
there is a LOT of snow still up high. I'd say more than usual.
Any updates on the ID BDR conditions from those local? Three of us are hoping to ride the route starting around July 10th.
I too am looking for early condition reports from Idaho, will be there a bit later in the season (mid-august). Hoping for good riding conditions with little to no smoke. I know thats a crap shoot in august.
There's still a lot of snow in the N. Idaho mountains. This was it looked like on Memorial Day weekend near Kellogg, ID.
certainly a late season. I'd pay attention to the Trinities, Elk Summit, and the McGruder in the south end of the state.
My GUESS those will open between July 4 and July 10.
Drmiller, thanks for your post. We plan to be in pine June 24th. Ride to Darby in about 4 to 5 days. Do you think Pine to yellow pine to elk would be doable by then. I just came up the snake river from Stanley to lolo (5 days ago). The snow was gone on the mountains except for the very tops. I looked at the Forest Service and Idaho sites 4 weeks ago. They claimed 95% snow pack in the central mountains and 105% in the southern rim.
No. You won't get over the Trinities. You won't get over Elk Creek summit. I'd think Lick Creek Summit might be open by then into McCall. That is a beautiful ride if it is open.
I doubt the McGruder will be open by then. And Lolo.
Thank you for providing your local knowledge and input on the IDBDR. Very helpful. Will be following this thread as three of us hope to be riding the route starting July 11th.
A week ago I was hiking at 5000' and there were lots of 4' drifts in the shade. It has been about 15 degrees above normal and snow is going fast. We rode ATVs last week and had to cut trees out of every road. That may be a bigger problem than snow unless ATVs have been through.
Thank you guys for all the info so far. I plan on doing the BDR from July 4-12. Any updates would be awesome. Maybe will see some of you other guys that are doing it, at that time. I’m coming from Colorado. Will be solo.
Some more info for the snowpack from Lowman area to Burgdorf. The Yellow Pine Times has a road report. The relevant roads are Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road and Deadwood Summit. My BDR trip is July 19th, I gotta month for it to burn off.
See Road report: https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/category/road-reports/
a month from now it will for sure all be melted off and the start of fire season!!!!!
DRmiller, Yep, Part of the package I guess we sign on for living in this beautiful State.
And now that June is almost over we rode up to elk city to try section 4 to Darby but the rangers station said it was blocked at poets creek on the magruder. Elk city is at the top left of the photo
what map are you showing your post?
That was in the counter at the Elk City ranger station. Looks like they have a phone number here:
"Red River Ranger District/Elk City Ranger Station" - 208-842-2245
If you wanted to ask them about it. Also probably quicker than driving up there (but not as much fun) to get updates too :)
This was the summit of Bumblebee Peak (elevation 4741) near Kingston, ID on June 18. We were up there riding all week last week, never saw snow anywhere. Grizzly Ridge, 4th of July Summit, Hemlock Mountain (elevation 4931) all snow free free as well.
This was the summit of Hemlock Mountain (cold and cloudy that day).
We just road the trail south to north up to Darby, MT. Pulled off in Darby; Had to get back to work this week.
Elk Summit is closed. From Yellow Pine take Lick Creek out to McCall for the bypass up to Bergdorff.
Magruder is open.
Best of luck!