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Old 02-13-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Rides in the Kootenays

I will be doing a trip this year to the Kootenays. We will be setting up base camp in Kaslo and doing day rides from there. We will be a mixed group of riders with everything from KLR's to GS1200'S. I''m looking for suggestions for day rides with a mix of forestry roads and asphalt. Nothing too knarly because of a couple of big bikes with inexperienced dual sport riders.

We will be doing the Buchanan lookout. Also interested in the Koch Creek powerline but can't find it on the map.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:29 PM   #2
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Get one. Lots of good stuff back there. Be sure to do Trout Lake ,an easy dirt road ride all the way around. From Sandon there is a little knarlier ride up the mountain to Idaho Peak.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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Gravel Travel and the TCAT

Have a look at this link, which is the sub page for the Kootenay section of the TransCanada Adventure Trail. Lots of good information.

http://graveltravel.ca/index.php?opt...at-bc2&catid=1

This is the Mapbook you want. It is a great resource!

http://www.backroadmapbooks.org/inde...roducts_id=194

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Old 02-13-2014, 05:13 PM   #4
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Rode the abandoned rail bed Columbia Western line from Christina Lake to Castlegar this fall. Easy day highly recommended. Check out my ride report below for some Kootenay ideas. Great area.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:42 PM   #5
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So many options in that area. The one mentioned all ready are all good. Another nice road is the Wilson Creek FSR off Hwy 6. The section from Roseberry to Wilson lake is easy and well maintained, the section from Wilson lake back out to Hwy 6 just south of Nakusp is a bit rougher. Also at about 10K north of Roseberry, there is a turn off just before you cross Wilson creek, it's only about 1 Km uphill to a parking area and then a 1.5 km hike into some spectacular water falls.

Another lookout ride is Idaho peak, which is also a fairly easy one with a good hike at the end to the lookout with an amazing panoramic view. There's also Cody caves and the Woodbury FSR just south of Kaslo. Just to the north of Kaslo is the Keen creek road which will take you all the way up to Kokanee Glacier Park. Nearer to Nelson, the six mile lakes road is nice and comes out onto the easy Lemon Creek FSR which will come out onto Hwy 6 near Slocan.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:49 PM   #6
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Koch Creek Powerline track:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=772753

Another one: Kaslo to Fish Lake (near the summit heading to New Denver) via the Old Wagon Road. I'll have to dig up that track, might have posted it in the Tracks sub forum but the search isn't working too well at the moment.

Might be too gnarly: from Retallack over Rico to Cody/Sandon. Haven't done with the moto but did it with a mountain bike decades(?) ago.

Sandon to Idaho Peak, already mentioned.

A word of caution re the BackRoads Map Book: they took all the mapping info they could get their hands on and threw it in. There is still major vetting to be done. Get some local knowledge input.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:56 PM   #7
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Take a look at this ride we did last September...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=946798

I can send over track logs of sections that may interest you with you like...
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:19 PM   #8
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Some excellent suggestions everyone. Thanks
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:41 AM   #9
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Koch Creek Powerline track:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=772753

Another one: Kaslo to Fish Lake (near the summit heading to New Denver) via the Old Wagon Road. I'll have to dig up that track, might have posted it in the Tracks sub forum but the search isn't working too well at the moment.

Might be too gnarly: from Retallack over Rico to Cody/Sandon. Haven't done with the moto but did it with a mountain bike decades(?) ago.

Sandon to Idaho Peak, already mentioned.

A word of caution re the BackRoads Map Book: they took all the mapping info they could get their hands on and threw it in. There is still major vetting to be done. Get some local knowledge input.
I had forgotten about the Old Wagon road, its narrow in spots with some drop offs, but doable on a big bike.

I haven't heard much about the Cody-Retallack route in a few years. I've never done it and had heard that it may have been wiped out and impassable now. Local knowledge might prove more reliable on that one. At any rate it was always a very technical route better suited to smaller bikes as I understand.

And of course for the way out the ever popular Grey creek pass is a nice easy ride.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:42 AM   #10
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You can access the Koch powerline from Slocan City and not have to go all the way south to Passmore. Cross the Slocan river at Slocan City and go through the Little Slocan Lakes valley. Gravel travel on the Koch Main FSR, coming from Kaslo via New Denver
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Duncan lake can be a nice ride.

http://goo.gl/maps/Puh8B

The green arrow points to a great campsite. The water can be inexplicably warm mid summer. Good fishing near the campsite with a set of falls that will never be kayaked. The Duncan lk. road is blocked beyond the lake by some bigish ditches.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:42 AM   #12
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I've got a few GPX files for the area if you want them, just PM me an email address.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:33 AM   #13
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The campsite looks tempting. Are the bikes able to reach the beach or do you have to hike in?

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Duncan lake can be a nice ride.

http://goo.gl/maps/Puh8B

The green arrow points to a great campsite. The water can be inexplicably warm mid summer. Good fishing near the campsite with a set of falls that will never be kayaked. The Duncan lk. road is blocked beyond the lake by some bigish ditches.
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I haven't heard much about the Cody-Retallack route in a few years. I've never done it and had heard that it may have been wiped out and impassable now. Local knowledge might prove more reliable on that one. At any rate it was always a very technical route better suited to smaller bikes as I understand.
I have done the Cody-Retallack route the past few years with a group from ADSMC... certainly doable on a big Adv bike and a beautiful ride. E-Town - PM me if you want the tracks.

Another fun one is the Mt Lavina Lookout just across from Meadow Creek (north of Kaslo)... great views and big bike friendly.
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The campsite looks tempting. Are the bikes able to reach the beach or do you have to hike in?
good road to the site, boulder beach some shade, make your own table.
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