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Old 07-25-2013, 11:54 AM   #3646
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I'm looking at the pass just south and west of Castle Mtn. ski area, but not sure if it would be easy enough or legal?
Check out the Castle area maps here:
http://srd.alberta.ca/RecreationPubl...lications.aspx

It looks like 2 passes are legal on the AB side: North Kootenay and Macdonald. You would need to check the BC site to see what restrictions they have in place. I believe (but not certain) that they are not legal on the BC side.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:19 PM   #3647
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I'm looking for suggestions for a day ride route on the FSRs in Southern AB/BC to do with my dad, who's in his late 60s. I'm still recovering from a knee injury, so the ride needs to be pretty easy, like smoothish roads with just a bit of action here and there would be ok. Ideally I would like to start in AB, cross the divide and then get gas in Fernie perhaps and return to AB in the afternoon. I'm looking at the pass just south and west of Castle Mtn. ski area, but not sure if it would be easy enough or legal? We'll have one street legal DS bike and one trail legal bike. Is this doable? Any advice?

JUST south of Castle ski hill?


That's the one we went over a few weeks ago. It's the point of no return and 1000's of feet of elevation drop in a short, straight line through a thoroughly overgrown trail.

For easy stuff you're reduced to a few roads. Could take the 40 down, then do a loop around Harvey / Flathead and back up. Coal Creek out of Fernie also goes over with some minor navigation.


On a different note, tomorrow at noon we depart for the NW corner of Idaho. Saturday morning we start the Tour of Idaho T1 Challenge.

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:36 PM   #3648
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The one I was originally thinking of has a gate, and is marked as Middle Kootenay Pass. That's not going to work. Looking at driving a little farther on the highway and trying out Ptolemy Pass which should take us to the Corbin Mine, and from there there are several options it seems. Need to do a bit more research. Thanks for the info guys!

The whole thing is kind of dependent upon the stars lining up just right anyway, we'll see if it actually happens.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:27 AM   #3649
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Looking at driving a little farther on the highway and trying out Ptolemy Pass which should take us to the Corbin Mine, and from there there are several options it seems.
Ptolemny Pass is a nice and easy route - just watch for the odd "bottomless" mud hole here there. We do it about once a year with a large group... no issues and a loaded up big duallie would be fine on it.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:29 AM   #3650
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The one I was originally thinking of has a gate, and is marked as Middle Kootenay Pass.
I pretty certain the Middle Kootenay Pass is not legal for OHVs... at least that was the case a couple of years back when I was researching a similar route.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:54 AM   #3651
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Trunk Road Bridge out

I thought the trunk road was back in order after the flood. Looks like the bridge over the South Ram just above the falls is going to need some serious repairs. Passable on a bike if nobody's looking.



Bridge is hanging by each end with zero support in between. Looks like the flood took out a couple piers.



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Old 07-26-2013, 06:08 PM   #3652
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Pissed 940 South.

541 West from Longview has 3 washouts just before Highwood Junction, so no way there to the 940. Could be fixed soon as they are working on them now. 532 West has 5 or so washouts starting at Indian Graves. First 2 are easy to get around but the 3rd one may be passable on a real dirt bike but there are a couple more after that. So getting to the 940 from there is most likely impossible. Maybe Maycroft off 22 further south. Didn't check it.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:22 PM   #3653
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Lots of re-routing

I just got back from a trip along the CDT as far as Yellowstone, then a trip through Idaho into Washington. After we got north of the border the route got a bit dull, due to all those washouts and closures. On the plus side we did Grey Creek pass and Sulfur Creek into Fernie, and both were really nice rides.

I got to do my first trail side (Hiedenau) repair along the Grey Creek pass, after picking up a nail. It was a bear but I got it done with a few extra hands helping. Side-stand bead breaking and a long tire iron were key.



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Old 07-28-2013, 09:20 AM   #3654
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Dutch Creek road, Hartley Pass, Gray Creek Pass

Took a little tootle over a few local-ish routes this past week. All are in good condition. Gray Creek Pass seemed particularly "good". I was kinda expecting some sort of barriers to car traffic given the signage at Marysville about only high clearance vehicles etc. I would have done the Bull River FSR through to White Swan lake but it's closed at km 92. The Estrella Mine site at Wasa Lake north of Ft Steele was a fun excursion off my main route (very buggy though). Great views of the valley.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #3655
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Newbie in the foothills

Loving this thread and hearing about some of the routes. I'm new to ADVrider and looking to meet some fellow inmates who can suggest good rides in S. Alberta and East Kootenays. Been out a couple of times on my own but am less adventurous without backup. The S10 is a heap to pick up on the trail!.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:21 PM   #3656
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Looking for a DR350 to try on for size...

Does anyone out there have a DR350 that they would be willing let my wife take a look at & sit on? She is looking to down-size from her DR650 and I have a line on a low mileage DR350 in the US. But before I buy it, I was hoping to see one locally that she could just sit on to check the ergos. Please send me a PM if you can help out.

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Old 07-31-2013, 09:02 PM   #3657
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No DR350, but I have a DRZ400 SM modified for offroad. Running 19/17 wheels with a lowering link and dropped fork tubes. Could be even lower with stock 17's and proper conti's. More than welcome to try it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:19 PM   #3658
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Well, we failed the Tour of Idaho.

On day 3 we were making up time on a late start because of illness. Finding we were riding faster pace then daily allowances we figured we could close the gap with 5 more hours of riding that day (it was nearing 6pm) when we ran into a group coming up the opposite direction.

The group ran in to Martin (the guy who made the TOI) and even he decided to turn around and do it later on in the year. In either event, they told us they just finished a 300 mile detour around a fire closure on the trail. Only way for us to continue was to re-route back all the way to where we were that morning and do 300 miles of slab, wrecking what tires we had left.

We decided to abort and return home. We weren't stoked we pulled the pin, but now know what's required to complete on our second trip.

The group we ran into was on day 9 (when the trip challenge goal is to complete in 7), and their shortest day was 18 hours of riding. Hats off to them. They should be celebrating a finish tomorrow!

From what we seen the riding isn't that technical, however the days are VERY long. Single track and double track for hours at a time. Dust being bad we stopped every 30 min to check to make sure we were still following, so every hour we'd have a 5-10 minute break and back on the bikes we went. We started at 7AM local time two days and rode till dark. 4 days without a shower or campsite.

For the nearly three days ride we found most technical terrain was easier going south to north. The direction the trip is supposed to go. We were going N-S to save on vehicle driving / bike riding with fresh tires. We'd probably start in the south next time and wear tires out going down, and spoon on a fresh set at the start.

In three days we covered over 1000 miles of riding, 3/4 of that was offroad, and 1/2 of that was dirt road, double track or single track.

Pictures and brief ride report in a couple days. Idaho is a stunning state.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:41 AM   #3659
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From what we seen the riding isn't that technical, however the days are VERY long. Single track and double track for hours at a time.
That's too bad that you had to abort. Did you get in the Massacre Mtn loop, or is that still part of the T1 route?
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That's too bad that you had to abort. Did you get in the Massacre Mtn loop, or is that still part of the T1 route?

I'm not sure of names, but I think thats the "boulder field?". If so, we did not.

We had to stop because the Macgruger(sp?) corridor was closed. The most inconvenient spot of the trip...

We made it about here. As you can see, this area lacks roads that go east/west and would force us to go way west, then way east, and then way south to get around.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=45.655...num=1&t=m&z=10

We were on a strict timeline because of holidays away from work. We couldn't afford to lose a day to slabbing, then have to put new tires on, and continue south. We'll attempt again. Try to do it next year likely. Martin did modify the rules due to the fire closure and allow slabbing a return trip to the trail and a change of tires without loss of points. We still felt we'd be too far behind to even complete.
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