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Old 09-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #38
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Zimmer Creek to East Mtn Lookout

Goal: Ride ATV trails and logging roads from the Zimmer Creek ATV access to East Mountain Lookout and back in one day. My secondary goal was to ride the 10 mile long ATV trail from Skunk Creek Saddle to the lookout.

Reality: It didn't quite turn out that way, and ended up taking 2 days, but it wasn't all my fault. I swear!

For those non-Idahoans, this ride is east of State Hwy 55 between Boise and Cascade, Id.

Day 1, 9/12/2012. Short take; I encountered logging operation #1 which totally blocked my route. I then spent about 2 hours looking over maps (GPS no help at this point) and riding re-routes from the maps. Close to hooking back up to my GPS route, BAM, encountered logging operation #2. Eventually, I was able to hook back up to my GPS route, but it was getting late and I knew I wouldn't make it all the way. So I rode up the road aways, took a break, then headed home to end day 1 not knowing when I'd be able to finish this ride.


Looking at the map, my intended route is in green. My day 1 alternate path is in orange. I turned around at an intersection near Bear Wallow in the center of the map and headed back to end day 1. BTW, I started Day 2 at this intersection.


First part of ride was on the Zimmer Creek ATV trail. Forum member Sscooter posted a video of this back in May I think.


There are some things to watch out for! I saw this same tree in Sscooter's video.


Zimmer Pass. Went right and encountered logging operation 1 (no pictures). Came back here and went left on one of many alternate routes


I was becoming a little more comfortable with the route as I started to see some signs of places I've been


Later in the ride, I encounter logging operation 2. They didn't have any signs posted that they were logging. A tree was felled straight ahead just as I got there. I was a little miffed of the work on a main road without any warning signs. Dust is still in the air in the photo from the felled tree!


Turn around point. Knew I wasn't gonna make it, so I decided to take a short break and head back. Here Georgie's marking here territory for when we return.


And some video action


End of day 1

Day 2 Zimmer Creek to East Mountain Lookout:

Georgie giving me the high sign. I think I heard her say "hurry up, let's get going"

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Lots of smoke in the air from all the forest fires

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Critter tracks!!! Mr Bear, Mr Wolf above Mr Bear tracks, Georgie tracks to the right, and Mr Deer tracks more to the right. BTW I saw lots of bear, wolf, deer and elk tracks today

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Made it to the trail

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Day 2 video


About a mile up the trail, I biffed it. You know the excuse, uphill, loose dirt, not enough power. This was my only biff on the day, but I can see a 55 tooth sprocket in my future!

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Trail still has some obstacles

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During a trail break, I got a photo of Georgie with some trail dust. BTW, I noticed she's starting to get a lot of gray around her snout as she gets older. Just like me!

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We made it to the old East Mtn Lookout!

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The lookout was gonna be converted to a rental and was a historic lookout. Apparently it burned in a fire in 2002.
Photo from Rex's Fire Lookout website.


American Flag placed at the lookout. I was kind of surpirsed to see one flying when I got there

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A family was very kind to place one there. Being retired military, I took a moment to think of some of my friends who are no longer with me (us).

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I also grabbed a few geocaches on the ride today



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Near the end of my ride, I took this photo of Georgie and at a quick glance she looks like a bear cub if you have an imagination

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I think she does anyway


Hope you enjoy.
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