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Old 09-08-2013, 07:08 PM   #3586
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So powder face is still closed. Not sure why. Trail is in good shape. At least that's what I'm told. Don't know about the whole trail, but I hear its great! ;)
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:31 AM   #3587
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Floss&Fly and myself rode in from 22 on 532 a few weeks ago - we made it by the first two washouts (the second was fun, a bit challenging) but the third (right before the hump) was a show stopper for our bigger bikes (KTM 950 Adventure and a VStrom). We agreed our XR's could probably make it. It was a real mess, and it didn't look like it would be fixed any time soon. I've been meaning to post the video, I'll try and get to it so people can see what it looks like.

XSoCal, I'd like to see the video of what it looks like when you get around to posting your vid.

I have a couple of days this weekend (Fri/Sat) to go for a ride.
What would you guys recommend for points south on an overnight trip keeping in mind all the closures we still have going on.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #3588
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We were thinking of Dutch Creek (failed attempt this spring), Allison Creek or Lynx to the south...
Can we get across the Gap (Maycroft on my map) if the 532 and 40 are still out of commission? If so, are there gates headed north on 940 from Coleman that would need to be negotiated should one get through on one of the other routes?
Time is limited this season as well as this weekend so we'd like to get some quality exploring in before the snow flies. Would it be better just to motor down the 22 and get to better riding around Coleman than to fight our way through washouts on 940?
Thanks for the input and suggestions.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:03 PM   #3589
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Thanks Lycan
I had seen your link prior to posting - great looking route.
I am also waiting on a few parts but hopefully UPS will arrive on schedule Thursday...
I think we were planning on a motel in Coleman or elsewhere down there. I've got to either pare down my camping gear or get some panniers before trying any of the more rustic overnight spots.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:23 PM   #3590
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I usually break out the Dry bag/s if I have to pack the warm sleeping bag, since otherwise everything fits in the big plastic Gobi bags. Motel is nice to though. This is another useful link, albeit less than useful off the main routes: http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html#l=3...&y=6802017&z=1

We think alike...

The comments on 532 were not encouraging...from the 511 page

Highway 532Forestry Trunk Road to Jct Hwy 22
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  • road closed
Activity Information
  • Highway 532 from junction Forestry Trunk road to Johnson Creek Bridge remains closed. As the damage visited on this area during the flooding was significant our consultants and engineers are continuing to assess the damage. However subject to addressing environmental concerns, safety matters, construction and weather issues we estimate that this route will reopen to the public in or around mid-November 2013.
Last UpdateTue Sep 10 2013 at 09:01 AM MDT


This link was informative as well. Lots of photos for those of you that haven't seen enough already.
https://www.transportation.alberta.c...OOD_PHOTOS.pdf
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #3591
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We were thinking of Dutch Creek (failed attempt this spring), Allison Creek or Lynx to the south...
Can we get across the Gap (Maycroft on my map) if the 532 and 40 are still out of commission? If so, are there gates headed north on 940 from Coleman that would need to be negotiated should one get through on one of the other routes?
Time is limited this season as well as this weekend so we'd like to get some quality exploring in before the snow flies. Would it be better just to motor down the 22 and get to better riding around Coleman than to fight our way through washouts on 940?
Thanks for the input and suggestions.
Paul

Did the Gap back in early August I think and it was fine. No washouts or anything. Also, Hwy 40 south to Coleman was clear too after the gap from Maycroft.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #3592
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After a gong-show of a summer with little time to ride, I really want to get out this weekend.

Lycan/group - if you're still planning on heading down to Waterton Sat/Sun I'd love to join. Not sure if I can do both days, but will ride Sat at a minimum. Looking forward to getting out.

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Old 09-10-2013, 06:01 PM   #3593
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Blackfoot GS course

Just did the Blackfoot GS course yesterday - great job by the instructors Richard and Tobi! What a blast - dropped my bike so many times I dont remember how many! Great skills course - highly suggested for anyone like me with little experience off road!
Now I am ready for the real nasty stuff!
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:25 PM   #3594
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A few of us are heading out to Mclean for a morning of single track PM me if your interested.

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #3595
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Just did the Blackfoot GS course yesterday - great job by the instructors Richard and Tobi! What a blast - dropped my bike so many times I dont remember how many! Great skills course - highly suggested for anyone like me with little experience off road!
Now I am ready for the real nasty stuff!
Sounds good! Hopefully we can do Limestone some point this month or early October?

I went dirt biking Sunday at Waiparous, spent 7 hours exploring lots of trails, getting lost (goodbye Margret Lake, now WTF are we?), getting found (hello Hunters Valley!) Luckily the KDX has a huge tank! Sad to see all the clear cutting around the gravel pit and Bible Camp road.

The maps they put out seem to be lacking a lot of detail, and the trails aren't all marked. Tough to follow, so we just rode. Don't have a Garmin to download the tracks, but maybe it would be a good idea? Anybody try this?

Rode through sun, heat, hail, pouring rain, drizzle, more sun. Typical Foothill weather! Man, I missed dirt biking... My KDX has been essentially 'retired' since 1991. Started on first or second kick every time. Want to get as much in as I can before the weather turns. Might try to get out Sunday for some more... Need to get a camera to take some pics to share here.

Noved, what time do you plan on starting the Saturday ride at McLean? I have plans mid afternoon but might be able to do a quick loop.

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Old 09-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #3596
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Hey Dean - sounds like you had a blast! I have another friend here in Sundre who would like to do limestone with us - he is just waiting for repairs to finish up on his KLR from a recent bad spill.
I am hoping towards the end of sept - things are already cooling off in the morning and evening here so I don't want to go too late.
I will touch base with my friend but he hopes to have the bike back soon.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:42 PM   #3597
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By the by I forgot to ask - does anyone know where I can sell my coat and pants from Revit? Bought them in a hurry from Blackfoot last year but the pants are too big and I have worn the set only three times so in excellent condition. I also have a brand new never worn pair of boots size 9.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:36 AM   #3598
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #3599
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I should be able to come too. I'm waiting on a call to go to work but it likely won't be this week. As long as the startup meeting isn't monday I'm fine. I'll know for sure friday afternoon. stoked to get out for one last camping trip on the dak...
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Sounds good! Hopefully we can do Limestone some point this month or early October?

I went dirt biking Sunday at Waiparous, spent 7 hours exploring lots of trails, getting lost (goodbye Margret Lake, now WTF are we?), getting found (hello Hunters Valley!) Luckily the KDX has a huge tank! Sad to see all the clear cutting around the gravel pit and Bible Camp road.

The maps they put out seem to be lacking a lot of detail, and the trails aren't all marked. Tough to follow, so we just rode. Don't have a Garmin to download the tracks, but maybe it would be a good idea? Anybody try this?

Rode through sun, heat, hail, pouring rain, drizzle, more sun. Typical Foothill weather! Man, I missed dirt biking... My KDX has been essentially 'retired' since 1991. Started on first or second kick every time. Want to get as much in as I can before the weather turns. Might try to get out Sunday for some more... Need to get a camera to take some pics to share here.

Noved, what time do you plan on starting the Saturday ride at McLean? I have plans mid afternoon but might be able to do a quick loop.

Cheers

Dean
Yes the garmin is a good idea as there are a lot of trails that are not marked on the map so navigation can be confusing. I have one on my bars with a ram mount and I'm never lost even if I don't know precisely where I'm going. The marked trails are also the worst ones because they are often giant mud holes. the good stuff is unmarked and therefore illegal. you can use the GPS to either stay on the legal trails or navigate once you are off them. Can't plead stupid to the rangers if they catch you though...
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