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    Owyhee Ride Sunday 2/20 at 9am

    Hello Everyone, Owyhee ride on sunday we will meet at 9am at bogus parks and ride. If it is pouring out there it will be a no go, just check here: http://www.instacam.com/showcam.asp?id=MELBA&size=L

    Oh if you have a small set of pruning sheers that fit in your pack bring them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilycook
    Hello Everyone, Owyhee ride on sunday we will meet at 9am at bogus parks and ride. If it is pouring out there it will be a no go, just check here: http://www.instacam.com/showcam.asp?id=MELBA&size=L

    Oh if you have a small set of pruning sheers that fit in your pack bring them.

    Chris
    Chris - If it snows, I'm going to Bogus. If not, I'll see you at 9 AM at the park and ride.

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    I was riding out at Wilson Creek earlier today. Melba and Marsing got hit with snow overnight and it was raining as I was driving out there.

    As of right now, out here in rural Canyon County near Owyhee County we are getting hit pretty good with rain.

    At the parking lot where Wilson Creek Road turns from pavement to dirt:
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    Heading up Wilson Creek Road:
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    Looking back down towards the valley:
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    I should bring my climbing gear next time and do some bouldering:
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    This peels off to the left from Wilson Creek Road and I rode down that:
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    This trail was sandy and muddy:
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    I went to Wilson Creek today also. It looked muddy so I kept driving. Looked just like your photos. I would have stopped and rode with you had I seen you. I drove Wilson Creek road to Salmon Creek road to Reynolds road, down to 78 and over to Silver City road, got within 3 miles of Silver City and turned back so I would not tear up the trail for snowmobiles. On the way down I stopped at Sinker Creek and rode my Yeti up the creek bottom. It was wet and sandy a few rock gardens. I had to walk my bike from time to time and got my feet wet in some of the many creek crossings. It was not a training ride but I loved it. The only place my bike got muddy was riding around on the back of my jeep on all the dirt roads. Your bike didn't look that bad Is China Ditch sandy or muddy? Might be a good one for tomorrow.
    Am I being kind?

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    It was a wet sandy. Going back up the singletrack to the parking lot was the same thing too. I wish I coulda stayed out longer, but it was raining and by the time I got back to my rig it was coming down pretty good. Wilson Creek Road wasn't bad at all as well as some of the roads peeling off from it as long as you don't mind getting a lil' mud and sand on yourself and your bike.

    My ride was really short, but I had a big ass **** eating grin on my face!!!!


    I think it's suppose to rain out there tomorrow too.

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    I don't know exactly where you guys are planning to ride, and this is probably not worth mentioning (but I will), but there is a motorcycle race out in the Grandview/Oreana area. Just an FYI.

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    yeah I heard about it and saw the signs...

    Quote Originally Posted by danK
    I don't know exactly where you guys are planning to ride, and this is probably not worth mentioning (but I will), but there is a motorcycle race out in the Grandview/Oreana area. Just an FYI.
    on the way to fossil butte today. Thanks for the heads up though! We will be well north of there near the reynolds creek drainage although it might be an intresting ride based on all the rain we got today. I escaped the rain today at fossil creek and it made for a nice day on the dirt bike.
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    well I found some dry singletrack

    and had a nice day in the sun and on the trails, plus I got to explore an area I have always wanted to scout out. After seeing all the mud puddles at wilson I drove south and found a place the rain had missed. Poked around and eventually found a nice trail to ride, plus I found this cool old house with a dead cow inside!

    so the pics are as follows:
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    2) The cool old house I found
    3) Trail shots and sun
    4) Getting ready, can you figure out where I am?
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    Were you 11 miles south of Birch Creek on Castle Creek Rd.? Are there any rocks to ride on and over out there?
    Am I being kind?

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    on mud flat rd..

    Quote Originally Posted by impdude
    Were you 11 miles south of Birch Creek on Castle Creek Rd.? Are there any rocks to ride on and over out there?
    actually, and I found some nice rocks to ride over when I was close to the creek, it kind of reminded me of reynolds canyon only a smaller canyon. Brushy in sections.

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    1) I sure wish I had an WRX wagon!

    2) Mud Flat Road is way out of my way, but are there alot of MTB opportunities out that way?

    3) How'd you keep your bike clean!?!? I managed to get away from my chores late Sunday afternoon and thought I would tool around the Squaw Creek area off of Sommercamp Road on Highway 95. BIG MISTAKE as you can see by the pics...



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    Quote Originally Posted by smilycook
    actually, and I found some nice rocks to ride over when I was close to the creek, it kind of reminded me of reynolds canyon only a smaller canyon. Brushy in sections.

    Chris
    So would that creek be Poison Creek? I've never been there but from my map that looks to be the closest creek to Mud Flats Rd. and Castle Creek Rd.
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    nice looking mud belay...

    belay, must have been fun to wash off
    no mud where I rode, but was actually a little dusty in spots, nothing like a little microclimate.

    They actually recently paved simco rd. so mud flat road is now only about an hour from Boise and it took me a little under an hour and a half to reach my location from where I rode my bike. With simco road now being paved I am looking forward to exploring more down in that neck of the woods. As I always say there are trails out there just waiting to be found, just figure out where the animals and cows want to go and there is probably a trail.

    impdude, I rode right down poision creek, you can actually drop in on it near where it gets close to mud flat and then come out on oreana rd. There was all sorts of other trails to explore too in the area but I have only checked out a little bit of the possibilities

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    Wow... Looks fun. I also planned on checking out the Owhyee area this spring. Looks really interesting. I rode Wilson Peak road two weekends ago, and it was dry back then. I didn't give myself enough time and had to turn around and go home.

    Saw some singletrack off the road that I might explore... anyone have any good rides for a noob to the Owhyee area?

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    Your best bet is to either ride with the fellas here when they head out there or start exploring by yourself armed with a GPS and mapping software back at home to download your GPS data into.

    As far as I know...there really is no official trail map of the Owyhees that I'm aware of. From my understanding with convos with BLM folks...a trail map is way off in the future. If you grab a USGS topo map or use map software...you can find some trails and Jeep roads. I've got the Wilson Peak Quadrangle USGS map and plan on using that on a regular basis for the next couple of weekends or so. Sometime in the near future, I'm planning on heading to the BSU library to see if they have the Murphy BLM map cuz the BLM is currently out of these and it's gonna be a while before they reprint 'em.

    There is definately alot of potential out there...just gotta take your time to explore 'em...that's the fun part!!!!

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    Maps eh?

    Good idea with going to the library, I never thought of that. LOL. Yeah, I'm pretty excited about exploring and finding new stuff down there. As for riding with you guys, I'm not sure I'm "up to speed" quite yet. Still training and getting better. Wouldn't want to slow you down at this point.

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    Please keep in mind that the USGS topo maps and other maps like BLM or Big Sky? (the blue cover ones) don't offer really fine detail of trails out there. You may see a jeep trail here and there, but in terms of singletrack...those maps really ain't that useful. Your best bet is to use a GPS in coordination with mapping software and just start plotting out your rides or do some triangulation with a map and compass while riding to get a rough idea of where you are riding.

    If I had a motorcycle and a rich sugar momma that didn't mind if I didn't have a job...I'd be out int he Owyhees as much as possible riding and recording all the various trails and roads out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    If I had a motorcycle and a rich sugar momma that didn't mind if I didn't have a job...I'd be out int he Owyhees as much as possible riding and recording all the various trails and roads out there!
    Amen to that!

    I was just bugging my wife about a GPS.... LOL.

    If everything goes well I'll head out there on Sat and do some exploring.... What's the take on posting trails you found... is it considered "bad" to do that sorta thing? Kind of like how hunter keep thier good hunting spots secret? Don't want to make anyone mad if I post a "how to get to bob's favorite trail".

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    Posting Rides!

    Over the last 2-years we have seen a steady increase of motorcycles on trails in the Owyhee area. If you post the GPS coordinates they will come! It is better to explore and share with friends. If you like to see your favorite small single track infested with 4-wheels spread the news. Just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishbuddha
    If you like to see your favorite small single track infested with 4-wheels spread the news. Just my two cents.
    I figured as much. Thanks for keeping me from making a mistake

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