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Section 1, map 7 - Between Twisp and Carlton, SR 153 is closed due to a mudslide. We had a rider go through there last week and they are not expecting to open anytime soon.

Southbound SB: To get to Carlton-Twisp Road: coming out of Winthrop, take the Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road (as indicated in the map already). Once you hit the T-intersection at SR 20 (still unmarked), take a RIGHT. The Carlton Twisp Road will be a HARD LEFT just a little ways down the road. The traffic is moderate as this is now the main road from Twisp to Carlton.

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From the Boise National Forest:

The Boise National Forest had significant intense rain in early August and many roads and trails are a “mess” with debris flows, deep washouts, and logs/rocks across roads and trails.  In some cases rain fell at 1 inch/hour, with some of it falling on recently burned and minimally vegetated land – the mountains moved!
 
Mountain bike riders should check with the Boise NF web page for the latest on official road closures, which currently number seven.
 
From Atlanta, Forest Road 207  along Flint Creek is closed to the Flint Trail trailhead.
 
Call the Mountain Home Ranger District for updated information at 208-587-7961.

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This is directly from the Boise National Forest:

The Boise National Forest had significant intense rain in early August and many roads and trails are a “mess” with debris flows, deep washouts, and logs/rocks across roads and trails.  In some cases rain fell at 1 inch/hour, with some of it falling on recently burned and minimally vegetated land – the mountains moved!
 
Mountain bike riders should check with the Boise NF web page for the latest on official road closures, which currently number seven.
 
The Middle Fork Boise River Road is closed officially from Twin Springs upriver to the Swanholm road junction.  The suggested re-route is Granite Creek, to Deer Park to Swanholm road junction with the MF Boise River. The road will most likely be closed through October due to the total washout of nearly ½ mile of road into the river and the challenge to repair that.
 
The Phifer Creek road (Forest Road 156) is open from the MF Boise River, through Rocky Bar to Featherville.  If you have interest in deviating off FS Road 156 onto FS Road 129 be aware there are ongoing hazard tree/salvage timber sale operations and it is very hazardous to ride that road.
 
Within the hazard/salvage area, when a barricade is posted advising of a delay, be patient and wait for the operator to wave you through. If you go beyond the barricade and the operator doesn’t know you are there, you could be injured or worse!
 
From Atlanta, Forest Road 207  along Flint Creek is closed to the Flint Trail trailhead.
 
Call the Mountain Home Ranger District for updated information at 208-587-7961.

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The Boise National Forest just called to let me know that the Middle Fork Rd./268 is still closed, and probably will be for the remainder of the riding season. They are going to be moving fast to get this fixed before winter, as it is the main (only) supply line to Atlanta during that season.

We discussed alternative routing and their thinking was the same as mine: use 327 up and over Rabbit Creek Summit, through Barber Flat and Deer Park, and down Swanholm Creek Rd/327 to the junction of Phifer Creek Rd and the Middle Fork Road. These roads are fully open and have had no slides on them.

Also, there has been some logging around the junction of Phifer Creek Rd./156 and FR 129. Please use caution as it seems a cyclist was almost hit by a falling tree. This was not the cyclist's fault as there were no flaggers out blocking traffic - something I told the FS the loggers need to do. They agreed, and were going to talk to them, but regardless, still use caution.

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Here is a report from over on bikepacking.net with the current pass-ability of the Middle Fork Rd in bold:

"Hi all,
I just finished the route this morning, starting/finishing in Ketchum. The slide on 268 is still passable on foot, look for a trail marked in pink ribbon high above the washed out road.  I missed the start of it, but picked it up after some intense side hilling on the loose bank.  227 is still being worked on but is easily walked through with your bike..........some crew guys were just finishing up and were totally cool with bikers and knew about the route and that bikers would need to get past.  The Dollarhide Summit was totally rideable with only a small section on the Ketchum side being nearly finished for vehicles.  I hope this helps.  I would hate to see riders taking long detours for no reason.  I plan to do a little write up of my trip later...........celebrations commencing shortly!"

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Just talked to the folks at the Fairfield Ranger Station and FR 227 is still impassible near Skeleton Creek to motor vehicles, but - as Carlos mentioned above - they have built a trail around the washout for hikers and mountain bikers.

They do not know when it will be completely opened, and it is unknown if the road will be closed to riders when they start construction on it.

The slides have been cleared on the Ketchum side.

The weather has continued to be unusually rainy and new landslides and washouts are possible in both the South Fork Boise drainage and the Middle Fork Boise drainage.

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In addition to the south fork Boise river, the middle fork Boise river has experienced a slide and is closed.

I will have more info when I get back into the office tomorrow, but for now: http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2014/08/06/road-closed-middle-fork/13696039/

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For folks riding the Willow Creek Singletrack Option, consider using this routing to get to the Smiley Creek Lodge: http://2wheeltrails.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/bikepacking-idahos-hot-spring-and-cold-creeks/

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I do not have anymore specific info to report on the Ketchum side, but on the Featherville side things are really bad. Apparently, the road slipped into the river and the river responded by re-routing onto the former road. It is about a 100 yd stretch. There is a local meeting tonight and more info should be available tomorrow.

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An unusual amount of precipitation in the past 48 hours have cause a number of landslides on FR 227 between Featherville and Ketchum.

- There is one slide on the Featherville side (Fairfield Ranger District) between Skeleton Creek and Big Smoky Creek. If you are coming out of Featherville, the road is closed at at Skeleton Creek. Baumgartner Campground and it's hot spring pool are Open.
- There area at least 2 slides on the Ketchum side (Ketchum Ranger District). The road is closed between Dollarhide Summit and Rooks Creek. The road is closed at Rooks Creek if you are coming out of Ketchum. Access to Frenchmans Bend and Wairfield is still available.

There is no timeline to clear the slides. Depending on the severity, it could super fast, or it could take months. 2 examples in the region to illustrate this: 1) Last year there were numerous slides on the Salmon River Road between North Fork, ID and the put-in at Corn Creek. The road was cleared the following day. 2) The was a slide in May 2014 on the Skalkaho Hwy SR 37 between Hamilton, MT and Philipsburg, MT. The road is finally open, over two months later, as of today Aug 1st.

We will have to wait and see the severity these slides caused.

This is the current suggested reroute: http://goo.gl/maps/py3Z7. There is a bike path that runs between Hailey and Ketchum: http://summertrailink.bcrd.org/woodrivertrail.php. If you do take this reroute I suggest stopping in at Powerhouse in Hailey: http://powerhouseidaho.com/. Motels are also cheeper in Hailey then Ketchum, and there is a full grocery and numerous restaurants. There is a convenience store, motel and restaurant on US 20 in Fairfield.

More info will be posted as we receive it.

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Update 07/28/14 - I spoke with folks in McCall, and the Twentymile Trail has been fully cleared in the past few day by moto riders and volunteers. Trail crews are working on Bear Pete right now.

This does not mean there will not be more trees that fall in the future. Even during this riding season.

As stated on the maps, I cannot emphasize enough that all of the Singletrack Options are true backcountry epics. They are extremely difficult, and riders need to plan for encountering obstacles such as downed trees, rutted out trails, long hike-a-bikes, and moving water crossings. If those situations are in any way unappealing, I recommend not attempting any of the Singletrack Options.

The reality is, none of the Singletrack Options will ever be 100% rideable.

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Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:03:58 pm »
Derek,

I get these following questions a lot, and was hoping you guys would be able to shed some light: How was riding the Main Route with a cross bike? What tires did you use? Was there any specific point that you felt the Main Route overwhelmed the tires, bikes and pannier setup?

Anyways, I'm Glad you guys had a great ride, and I 2nd breakfast at the Stanley Baking Company and beer at the Galena Lodge!

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07/16/2014 - 3 lightning caused wildfire which are being managed as the "Whiskey Complex" have closed the Main Route between Placerville and Garden Valley. It has also closed the Hot Springs Campground on the Lowman Cutoff. It is advised riders stay off the Lowman Cutoff west of Lowman as well.

Current updated info here: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3955/
Closure area map as of 07/15/2014 here: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDBOF/2014-07-15-1055-Whiskey-Complex/picts/2014_07_15-20.49.54.620-CDT.pdf

EDIT: The Main Route is not closed, but all areas to the immediate east of the road are. This could change at any moment. So, please use caution on Alder Creek Rd.

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Routes / Re: Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:20:03 pm »
Awesome, Josh.

Sounds like it was a bit too early in the season for some of that singletrack. I too ran into the same problem last year on the Secesh forcing a 13hr day of downed tree after downed tree, but a week later a friend rode it with no down trees! It all depends when the moto riders hit it, and I have reports of them hitting Twentymile in the past few days. So, I'd bet I would be good to go in the next week or so.

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