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Old 06-14-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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Idaho Falls, ID to Jackpot, NV... mostly dirty

A riding buddy decided to put together a dual sport route that was new to him. He has explored the region to the north and east of Idaho Falls, but never south and west. So, he spent many hours on Google Earth and various hard-copy maps resulting in the following route from Pocatello, ID to Jackpot, NV.

The riders and their rides:
Ted (instigator and route creator for this adventure) - 2006 KTM 950 Adventure
David - 2012 Suzuki DR 650
Brett - 2009 BMW R1200GS
Steve (aka Vector Leto) - 2014 BMW R1200GSAW

Dates: June 12 and 13, 2014.

For me, the ride started in Idaho Falls, but we soon converged in Pocatello at Pocatello Power Sports.

A BMW and KTM getting along... for now.

Here's a link to the "mostly dirty" section from Pocatello to Jackpot.

From Pocatello, we took the beautiful and curvy Mink Creek Rd. to the Arbor Valley Hwy. Aside from almost hitting a few deer, that road was great fun.

We soon turned off the pavement and headed up Knox Canyon Rd., which was a bit gravely, but otherwise good. From this point, we were to remain mostly on dirt roads all the way to Jackpot.

From Knox Canyon Rd. we turned onto Big Canyon Rd. and crossed Hwy 37. This is where we got on Flint Canyon Rd., perhaps the gnarliest part of the journey. The Idaho Road & Recreation Atlas has the Flint Canyon Rd. marked as "High Clearance or 4WD". While I found this to be quite challenging on the big GS, I was impressed by clutch/throttle control and the way the GS just tractored its way over the terrain. For good or for bad, it takes quite a bit to knock the GS off its line.

Here we are at the summit of Flint Canyon.

There are many options here. We're trying to pick the best route.

We figured the best route was to take Sublet Canyon Rd. all the way to Malta, ID where we re-fueled with gas and food.

From Malta, we took Hwy 77 to Almo Rd., then onto the dirt Oakely-Elba Rd. Here's a view from the summit, looking at the metropolis that is Oakley, ID.

After hanging out at the Oakley gas station, sipping on milk shakes and conversing with the locals, we head out on Bostetter Rd. Here we are at the top of Bostetter, trying to figure out the next sections.

We took the route to the right, which led to a motorcyle/ATV trail. The difficulty of this section was roughly equivalent to the Flint Canyon Road. When we came out of the ATV trail we were at Rock Creek Rec. area, the location we would have arrived at by taking the route to the left in the photo above, which would have been an easier road.

From the Rock Creek Rec. area, the route we actually took to Jackpot becomes a bit unclear. There are TONS of roads and trails between this location and Jackpot. Also, our group separated here. The KTM and the DR went one way, the two GSs the another. We went back and forth a bit from here, trying find a good way into Jackpot.

The Rock Creek Rec. area is at the end (southern most) of Rock Creek Rd. This is the road you'd take from Twin Falls to get to the Magic Mountain Ski Area. As we were trying to find our way to Jackpot, we went up and down this road a few times. It's paved and curvy, and was a welcome departure from the narrow and rocky trails that we'd been on most of the day.

Here we are near the Rock Creek Rec. Area and the Kum Ba Yah Camp, trying to figure out the best way through.

It took us awhile, but we all found our way to Jackpot through a variety of good dirt roads and rutted trails.

Finally, my nice room at Cactus Pete's Casino.

I was so dusty and dirty from the ride, I was glad that I had a hotel room and a hot shower rather than a tent.

I had my fill of dirt roads for the time being, so the following morning I headed off on the highways back to Idaho Falls on the route shown in the first image of this thread. The rest of my group took a similar route to the day before, back to Pocatello. Here's a link to the route from Jackpot to Pocatello.

The pavement route I took back to Idaho Falls was pretty boring for the most part. It was also pretty windy. Here's a photo of the one stop I made at Craters of the Moon.

The GS at home safe and sound, but mostly dirty.

It was a fun ride and a good first experience with the GS in real off-road conditions. The total mileage for me was 490 miles. The first day took about 10 hours of riding time. The paved route home only took me 4 hours.

Thanks to Ted and Brett for finding good routes for the big bikes.

Thanks for checking out this ride report!
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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Looks good, thanks for sharing. I have lots of Family in Boise & am trying to figure a dirt route from Vegas to Boise, through some of the same area.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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A few more photos

Near Bostetter camp ground

And more from the dirt ride home.

Anyone ever heard of Naf?
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:59 PM   #4
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Nice.... One of these days i'll be an idaho resident,,,again.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the trip...
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:36 PM   #6
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I rode thru that ORV area between Oakley and Almo the weekend before last. It was fun. I think it was Sunday because the store in Oakley was closed but they have pay at the pump fuel. We camped that night east of Oakley in the Sawtooth NF and then went thru City of Rocks the next morning and into Almo where they were out of gas. Luckily we all had enough to make it to the next gas stop!

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:51 PM   #7
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Hey Vector.

Idaho still looks beautiful.
I'm glad you are getting out and riding.
Thanks for posting all the pics.

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