July 18, 2016

Bull Creek to Quartz Creek, Id. to Montana

July 18th, 2016- 49 miles
We headed west on hwy 50 to fs rd. 338 or Bull Creek road, it was 7 miles on the highway from Nugget Creek.  It is a gravels road which gets narrower and rougher the higher you go. We enjoyed the sights along the way, even picking huckleberries.

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When we reached the intersection of 327, we went right, and a short distance we turned right up a real rocky trail to Quarles Peak, ele 6557 ft. Wow, what a amazing sight we had for our lunch. There were valleys, open grassy areas, rock cliffs and elk trails. After lunch we kept going up to the top, another great view.
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Back on the trail 391, you are at the border of Idaho and Montana on the peak of the Bitterroot mountains. We stopped at an overlook, and could see a small town, perhaps Saltese, on I 90. We enjoyed the sights and smells of the wild flowers, trees, but no animals. When we got to the intersection of 391 / 214 (Where we were on the 16th) we headed down the mountain, back to camp 15 miles.

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Check last page of St. Joe riding for information

July 17, 2016

Prospector creek, to Bull creek, Avery, Id.

July 17 2016 --58 mi
We headed west, from our camp site, Nugget Creek, along the St. Joe River, on Hwy 50, 4 miles to Prospector creek, one of the few river crossings to the south.  We climbed in elevation, enjoying the views.  There were some fs roads off the main 752 road.

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We kept heading up, past a logging operation. Wow, these guys work on the side of a mountain! We turned off on a open grassy road to the left- Which kept following the contour's of the mountain. Then we came out on  a main gravel road          , where we saw 7 elk on the hillside. We continued to the fork, turning Left, up hill, (no sign) where the fire tower is at Middle Sister Peak at elevation of 6986 ft.
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After climbing the tower, we went down to Dismal Lake, which is very beautiful. Saw Mammoth Springs campground- well it is actually 1 picnic table in the woods, with no parking. Then we returned down fs rd. 509 – Bull Creek to highway 50, and back home again.There were numerous side roads to explore, but it was gettin late.  It was a great ride seeing mountain hillsides, gravel roads draped across the mountains like ribbon. Wild flowers were full bloom, red, white, blues.
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July 12, 2016

Steamboat Springs, Kingston, Idaho

July 12th, 2016-- 37 miles
I was leading the group with a GPS, a MVUM  Forest Service map and my smart phone with the Avenza pdf, Forest service map downloaded. The Avenza helped three times to keep us on the track, and the direction we desired. I'm not sure how the compass  works, because at camp, we don't have phone service, but Avenza was still tracking us.
We camped north of Kingston, 16 miles from the Exit 43, Interstate 90. Go north on Hwy 9, turning Left after 5 miles, at the Bumble Bee Campground sign, crossing the bridge and turning right on the Old River Road. Drive out 6 miles, then turn Left, after crossing another bridge, onto FS rd 400. Drive 5 more miles, where the paved road ends, you will find a Forest Service, dispersed camping spot.  It is at the fork of Steamboat creek, east and west forks.

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For our ride of 37 miles and 6hrs, we headed south on FS rd 400, about 2.5-3 miles, to the Right on FS rd 257. There are a few dead-end trails off of this road, that was interesting to explore. Then we got on 1005 / 965 roads. (The roads are some times two tracks and a little bumpy, just the way we like it)

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Then we got on the 803 trail, which winds along the side of the mountain. There are some dips, where creeks come down the hill, keep watch for the drop offs! At the intersection of 803A, we stopped for lunch.  Just a short time after heading out we came around the corner and saw a bull moose, 60ft ahead, right on the trail! We stopped to give it time to go off the trail, if he would like. When we rode on, we did see his tracks, but he had disappeared. Once on the road, we took 409A and 260 to Riley Saddle where we turned right on 900 for 8 miles back to camp. It was a great ride, seeing the moose was a bonus, and the rain didn't stop us.

Day 2 –54 miles                                                                                                                                                                     We headed up 2329 FS rd, to Grassy Mountain, an open area to see the views.  There are a couple areas which had been burned off in the past.  Spyglass Peak (gated) and Lookout, just around the corner, you can see for miles.

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On 265 and over to Magee to see the Landing Strip, Ranger Station Historic Cabin. Built in 1922.  There is also a Forest Service Cabin that you may rent for a night. From camp it was 18 miles.

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Then we went home on routes 534, 911 over to Leiberg Saddle.  My favorite trail was 260 over to Stull Saddle , then back to camp on 409, seeing valleys of forest, mountains, moss thick on the trees. We saw 2 Spruce hens. This leg of the day was 36 miles. Once again I used the Avenza map on the smart phone, it was very helpful at the numerous intersections along the way. Be sure you have a Forest Service MVUM map with you.

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    • INFORMATION>North Eastern Washington ATV club
      LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=Kingston, Id   DIRECTIONS=North of interstate 90, read above
      AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=- forest, mountain  , OWNER=  Nat Forest
      QUALITY >  Pro-100s of miles / Con-can get confussing /  Length of stay-4 / Rating-stars-5 out of 5
      TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS, hills /  forest / dust  /elevation           TRAIL MAINTENCE   - Yes   NEAR BY TRAILS-4th of July Pass, Wallace, Id, St Joe River area, St. Maries, Id 
      REGULATIONS> Permit required –some/ Campinp-Dry camping and Forest service campgrounds /whip-no / helmets req.-age / width req.-some trails
      FEE> Camping / Entry-no
      KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump/ Propane / Food=Exxon Gas Station @ Exit 43
      GPS POINTS>I just used maps
      SIDE TRIPS>4th of July Pass, Wallace, Id, St Joe River area, St. Maries, Id                   CONTACTS>Forest Service Office in Coeur d’Alene, Id.

July 10, 2016

July 4th to Harrison, Id

65 miles

We staged from the July 4th Exit on I- 90
We headed south on FS 614 to the town of Harrison for lunch.  We left at 10 am and returned at 4pm.  The road is partial well maintained, some current logging operations, and a few rough spots along the way. The road signs are well marked. Once we came to the paved #318 road (Blue Lake Road) , we turned right toward town.   We crossed over the old bridge,  Anderson Lake Bridge, where the Trail Head is for bicycle trail crosses the road.

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We took the gravel road around Anderson Lake, to a intersection of Bell Road. The original directions said to go Left, up the hill. This way is all gravel and keeps you off the Highway. Then turn Right on Vandussen Rd. Turn Right on Skyline Drive, coming down the hill to a Y, go right, then left and you will see the main street. We ate at the Gate Way Marina for lunch, but there are a few other places to choose from and interesting shops in town.
After lunch we headed north on Hwy 97, turning right on to Bell Canyon Road and back around Anderson Lake, We probably cut off 5 miles, from our original arrival trail.
The previous day we rode down 918 trail, and came around the corner in time to see  a black bear fall down the 30ft tree, to the ground and run away. He purposely came down that fast to get away from us.

July 6, 2016

4th of July Pass, Coeur d’Alene, Id

2 Days

Thank you to all involved in keeping these trails open for all to ride and enjoy the beautiful Idaho wilderness.

July 7th 2016-20 mi
July 8th 2016 38 mi
Exit 28 on I-90. There is a super large Trail Head , off the ramp to the north. We went north on the ATV trails and some forest service road. The trails are well groomed and maintained. We had a GPS,  FS paper maps and Avenza on the smart phone to track us. I downloaded the free Forest Service MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map)

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We enjoyed each day of riding. We visited the warming shack, off the trail of 3220,  picked huckleberries, watched a deer, watching us, and drove through a lined path of Bear Grass along the trail.
We just made several loops depending on how long we wanted to stay out.

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Local Clubs built this amazing warming hut, to be used by Atv’er, Snowmobilers. They have dried wood for a wood stove fire, maps, and benches. A big pat on the back to this amazing volunteers: North Idaho ATV Club, Back Country ATV Assn. Inc., Panhandle Trail Riders Association, Coeur d;Alene Snowmobile club and Montana Snowmobile Club.IMG_4208
LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY= Coeur d' Alene, Id  DIRECTIONS=I-90  MM28, Trail Head parking on north side
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND= forest, mountain  , OWNER=   Nat Forest
QUALITY >  Pro real trails, several miles of looped routes / Con /  Length of stay-1-2 / Rating-4 stars
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS, hills /  forest / dust /elevation   
REGULATIONS> Permit required- possible / Camping - on Forest Service land or private /whip -no/ helmets req. age / width req. in places
FEE> Entry-no
KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump / Food=15 miles to Coeur d'Alene
SIDE TRIPS> In all directions, check out Internet
CONTACTS> National Forest Service in Coeur d'Alene, maps avaible or download free Avenza maps of the area