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Old 05-12-2013, 04:05 PM   #7111
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Shaw Mountain/snakes

Rode up Highland Road today to the gate at Shaw Mountain. You used to be able to drive over to Rocky Canyon from there. It's gated off on the other side too now. Anyone know when they closed these roads? I guess it has been a long time since I went up there. Maybe 10 years.

On the way down I was trying to shoo a gopher snake off the road when a big Ford SUV with a family came down and ran it over. I'm no snake fan, but seemed a little pointless to me. Maybe it was dead already, wasn't moving. Which then got me to thinking that I've never had to run over a snake, but if you did, like no way to avoid it, what's the best strategy? Aim for the head? Coiled rattler aim for the middle? I've heard of mountain bikers flipping the rattler up with the rear wheel and getting bit on the back.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:16 PM   #7112
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Rode up Highland Road today to the gate at Shaw Mountain. You used to be able to drive over to Rocky Canyon from there. It's gated off on the other side too now. Anyone know when they closed these roads? I guess it has been a long time since I went up there. Maybe 10 years.
I know when I tried 4-5 years ago you couldn't get through, so its been at least that long.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #7113
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Anyone know when they closed these roads? I guess it has been a long time since I went up there. Maybe 10 years.
I've gone by there pretty regularly over the years. Used to turn off Aldape Summit to Lucky Peak and tool around on the hills and climbs there near Rocky Canyon Road. You could also turn off earlier through some brush across a little creek where some homeless folks camped and do a fun road the same direction. Can't remember what year there were suddenly gates, dirt moved around and the little hut atop Aldape but it's been a long while. I was just thinking I need to dig up the video of my buddy and I riding that way since you can't do it anymore.

I was able to get around most the gates maybe five or six years ago by following this trail. Not sure if that's still possible.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:12 PM   #7114
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Hi all. I was going through the piles of tires I've burned though in my garage and I found a 606 that's about 70% from my KLR days. Anybody interested for $25? 130/90-17. It's been stored inside the garage and vertical. Shoot me a PM or reply here.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:51 PM   #7115
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:43 PM   #7116
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Finally got back into town, and picked up my bandanna for this years IAMC Challenge. So it was time to get the Tiger out, and get it dirty.

First trip took me out to Bonneville point, and then down to Swan Falls Dam. After leaving the dam I decided to work my way over to Pleasant Valley Road.



After hitting these first two sites, I decided to call it a day, since I haven't really gotten into shape for wrangling this new bigger bike in the tougher stuff.

So I decided to get back at it today, and had Barbar Flat Cabin, Pioneer Cemetery, and Thorn Butte Lookout on my list. I ended up heading up Arrowrock and cutting over the ridge to Barbar Flat, the road over the ridge was solid level 3 with some level 4. The one thing I can say is the Tiger jumps the water diversion swales quite nicely.



North Fork of the Boise River



From Barbar Flat, I headed in to Idaho City to get fuel, have some lunch and hit the Pioneer Cemetery. I still had some energy left so decided to head back up to Thorn Butte Lookout.

Luckily most of the snow was melted off, although there were some snowy spots to cross or dodge. But I made it up none-the-less.









After hitting the LO, I decided to head down Bald Mountain Road towards Cottonwood Creek. The flowers were out in force in the hills.



When I got to Cottonwood, I could head back towards Arrowrock, or towards US21, I decided I'd head towards US 21 and burn up some pavement home.

Unfortunately the road had other ideas.





I finally had to turn around when the option was a super sketchy single track traverse, taking the low road down the middle of the creek and probably having to turn around anyway, or just turning around. Since I was by myself, I decided I'd head back to Arrowrock and head home.

The day of Level 3-4 riding built my confidence in this Tiger tremendously, if it had a set of decent dual sport tires it would be even more of an animal.

Now I have to figure out where I am headed next.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #7117
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Love the Tiger. Especially the orange ones. I can't wait to get this farming caught up so I can get to having fun on the Panzer.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:25 PM   #7118
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Finally got back into town, and picked up my bandanna for this years IAMC Challenge. So it was time to get the Tiger out, and get it dirty.

First trip took me out to Bonneville point, and then down to Swan Falls Dam. After leaving the dam I decided to work my way over to Pleasant Valley Road.



After hitting these first two sites, I decided to call it a day, since I haven't really gotten into shape for wrangling this new bigger bike in the tougher stuff.

So I decided to get back at it today, and had Barbar Flat Cabin, Pioneer Cemetery, and Thorn Butte Lookout on my list. I ended up heading up Arrowrock and cutting over the ridge to Barbar Flat, the road over the ridge was solid level 3 with some level 4. The one thing I can say is the Tiger jumps the water diversion swales quite nicely.



North Fork of the Boise River



From Barbar Flat, I headed in to Idaho City to get fuel, have some lunch and hit the Pioneer Cemetery. I still had some energy left so decided to head back up to Thorn Butte Lookout.

Luckily most of the snow was melted off, although there were some snowy spots to cross or dodge. But I made it up none-the-less.









After hitting the LO, I decided to head down Bald Mountain Road towards Cottonwood Creek. The flowers were out in force in the hills.



When I got to Cottonwood, I could head back towards Arrowrock, or towards US21, I decided I'd head towards US 21 and burn up some pavement home.

Unfortunately the road had other ideas.





I finally had to turn around when the option was a super sketchy single track traverse, taking the low road down the middle of the creek and probably having to turn around anyway, or just turning around. Since I was by myself, I decided I'd head back to Arrowrock and head home.

The day of Level 3-4 riding built my confidence in this Tiger tremendously, if it had a set of decent dual sport tires it would be even more of an animal.

Now I have to figure out where I am headed next.

great report!! post this up over on IAMC in ride reports!!
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:34 AM   #7119
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I finally had to turn around when the option was a super sketchy single track traverse, taking the low road down the middle of the creek and probably having to turn around anyway, or just turning around. Since I was by myself, I decided I'd head back to Arrowrock and head home.
Last time I was here, this sketchy single track traverse didn't exist and stopped me as well. Is the burnt out car still there? You sure got some good riding in! Thanks
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:04 AM   #7120
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great report!! post this up over on IAMC in ride reports!!
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:30 AM   #7121
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had Barbar Flat Cabin, Pioneer Cemetery, and Thorn Butte Lookout on my list … The day of Level 3-4 riding built my confidence in this Tiger tremendously
Great stuff. Nice images. Good bit of dirt miles for a day. Glad the Tiger is showing you some fun.

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I finally had to turn around when the option was a super sketchy single track traverse, taking the low road down the middle of the creek and probably having to turn around anyway
The creek route isn't too bad, especially since I cleared the brush a few months ago: http://trailimage.com/thorn-creek-to-its-butte It was never worse than the few pictures I have there.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:29 PM   #7122
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It was never worse than the few pictures I have there.
Great pictures as usual. I will have to go back and try the creek route when I've got someone else with me to help me pick that bike up.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:05 PM   #7123
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Great pics John. Nice ride indeed.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #7124
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The creek route isn't too bad, especially since I cleared the brush a few months ago: http://trailimage.com/thorn-creek-to-its-butte It was never worse than the few pictures I have there.
I remember driving that road back in the 80s no problem. There was a flood or something in the 90s which washed it out and the USFS decided to not fix it. I tried getting my loaded BMW down there two years ago. Unloaded I might have tried it. Wouldn't hesitate to take my DRZ down there though.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #7125
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Daggett ride today (Sunday)?

Our little Brenna being sick has changed some plans so I think I'll continue some ridge exploration I started yesterday with an afternoon ride down Daggett (see Heath's write-up for more info). I went up Trail 4 yesterday so today I'll probably just expedite and ride 8th Street all the way up. Takers?

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