Decided to check out the Grouse Creek Trail in the Pahsimeroi Range southeast of Challis and south of May, Idaho to see if I could get out of the smoke. After leaving the pavement up the Pahsimeroi Valley Road, it is about 5 miles on a cobbly high clearance road to the mouth of Grouse Creek canyon where I unloaded the mtn bike at about 6,200 foot elevation. Rode up the canyon 8 miles on jeep road, atv road, singletrack, game trail and parked the bike at about 8,000 foot level where the trail disappears and the downfall gets heavy. Hiked about 2 and 1/2 miles up to Grouse Creek Lake/pond/bathtub at 9,400 foot elevation and to the headwall above the lake. Had a blast riding back down the lower 8 miles. Grouse Creek lake appears to loose most of its water in the summer. Grouse Creek is intermittent in the canyon and I only saw it flowing in the vicinity of quake lake along the trail. The peaks around Grouse Creek are between 10,000 and 11,000 feet in elevation. Attached photo's of the ride and hike. Very scenic country. Photo's are:
Looking towards mouth of Grouse Creek Canyon.
Two track in canyon.
Looking up canyon.
Grouse Creek drainage.
Headwall of Grouse Creek.
Grouse Creek Lake.
Old cabin along trail.
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