Next in the BDR series - IDBDR

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by eakins, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    I bet you could find a place around Elk City. You can ask around or call the Elk City Cafe and ask them.
  2. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    You might check with the folks at Rider's Rest
    https://vom357.wixsite.com/ridersrestelkcity
    I don't know if they have room but if not they might be able to direct you to another spot there in Elk City.

    Another option might be https://www.idaho3riversresort.com/ I don't know if they have options available but it's worth a try.
    From there you could ride along the Selway River then over the Old Elk City Wagon Rd. to get to Elk City.

    Good luck and have a great time.
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  3. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I will try them this morning. I am also considering a start from Orofino and using forest roads to get to Elk City. Are there good routes on dirt or gravel?
  4. 20-MikeMike

    20-MikeMike All Illusion, All The Time

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    Riding Season is just around the corner!
    Three of us are planning to ride the ID BDR from North to South (Starting at Wallace [ July 12] and stopping at 90*F, wherever that is). Planning to write some trail updates as we go and looking forward to seeing updates from other adventurers. Looking forward to meeting others on the trail and swapping stories!
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  5. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

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    Not sure that’s possible, there was a bad washout a couple years ago. Was up there last weekend.
  6. tommybelvedere

    tommybelvedere Adv alacarte'

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    Check out 3 rivers lodge...good place to start return from, just past Kooskia in Lowell I believe, We have done trips out of there for a few years running.
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    I'm glad you mentioned that is probably an issue. I wasn't aware of the washout.
  8. JMartin

    JMartin Tres Libras

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    Yes, it seems like it's been closed for three years now. Of course the road crews could have addressed it; those folks are amazing. Your best bet would be to check with the Elk City Ranger Station. We've been using OHara Creek Rd to get from the Selway River up to Elk City.

    Jay
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    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

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    Didn't know they connected. Hmmmm......
  10. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious Supporter

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    Update:

    The Elk City road at the end of the Selway River Road is closed to motorized traffic. Ohara Creek Road goes to Elk City but was blocked 13 miles up by trees. We cut across intending to come down Swiftwater Road and back to the Selway, but were stopped again.
    There might be snow higher up, we went through a bunch. You're not getting from the Selway to Elk City any time soon. You could go through Pierce (?) to Wrecked Liver, but that's in the opposite direction.
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  11. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    Where can I find info on whether the passes are clear of snow? I tried searching the web but all I could come up with maps with symbols for the passes. I could get their names, but no status. We are looking at the second half of June.
  12. JMartin

    JMartin Tres Libras

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    Your best bet is calling each local ranger station. Although one year they asked us to report to them whether or not we could get through the blue cabin section because they didn't know.
    Jay
  13. philthyphil

    philthyphil Nomad

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    Excuse my ignorance, but it sounds like you are referring to the Magruder area in this post, is that correct? I'm familiar with some but not all of the reference points.
  14. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Will see you on the trail. Six of us riding south to north starting July 18.
  15. JMartin

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    No worries. The section in question is not specifically part of the IDBDR. It was an alternate way of getting between Elk City and the Selway River, Selway Falls to be exact. Jay
  16. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Long timer

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    No way. Trinities, elk Creek pass, and mcgruder will be July 4 like most every year
  17. DA KLIXTER

    DA KLIXTER old and slow

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    According to the sign above Ice Springs, The top of the Trinities won't open til July 15...

    CK
  18. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer Supporter

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    I assume the same for the Lolo Motoway? I had to skip that last year because of rain.
  19. misterk

    misterk Been here awhile Supporter

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    we have a group of 4 doing the IDBDR from Texas. We will arrive in Pine ID the evening of Sunday June 14th and will be heading north.
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  20. JMartin

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    I've posted this before, but here is a pic from July 11, 2016 on Elk Summit just north of Yellow Pine. Besides weather and snow pack, there are blown down trees (sometimes hundreds) that have to be cleared by the Forest Service. June 14 seems super optimistic. That said, I hope it goes well and suggest you have some go-arounds already laid out and in your GPS.
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