06-28-2013, 10:20 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
I really haven't abandoned this thread I was busy with the Hells Canyon Gathering and had to let this thread sit idle for a bit. Now to finish up with this 4 day adventure before telling you about Hells Canyon.
The spring run off has the rivers flowing hard.
Another cache stop and I find a pretty little water fall.
Stopped in Golden, ID to see what was there. This is what is there, thatís it Ė one building.
Looks like Elk City has everything needed.
A little rustic
Thereís gas available and thatís always a good thing
Looks like you can get a meal and wifi
I like that ATVs are legal to ride on roads in Idaho.
Elk City has more than one place to eat.
People live a simple lifestyle.
My plan was to ride over the mountain to Selway Rd. and drop down to OíHanna campground. I knew there was a chance that I would find snow but I got quite a ways before I started to see snow along the road.
Then I started finding snow on the road but only on half the road so all was good. This was at about 5000í and I thought I was at about the top of the mountain.
Of course that didnít last long and I started finding snow across the road but it was only short stretches.
When I came across a long stretch of snow at almost 6300í feet I decided it was time to turn around and go back rather than chancing it.
As I crossed about a half a dozen short stretches of snow up and back I kept thinking about this: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=357596. I didnít want to find myself in that predicament. I try to learn from my friends.
Even though I didnít get where I wanted to go it was another nice ride. The views looked different on the way back than they did on the way in.
At the viewpoint I thought it would be a nice place to camp but at the elevation I knew it would be cold and wanted to get to a lower elevation before stopping for the night.
Back down I went and back to hwy 14. Earlier I had spotted a road that look like it would have camping available and I was headed for that. First I needed to stop and check this out.
As a great end to the day I found a nice campsite.
I wanted to go camping as I was missing it and I now I was getting to. There was a lot wood for a campfire and I was looking forward to a nice fire but I couldnít keep the fire going. All that wood was super wet. Oh well, I had a good dinner and left overs to put in my thermos for the next day.
I'll be back in the morning with more......