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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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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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A few folks have come across this closure notice in the past few days:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sawtooth/home/?cid=stelprdb5385065

Please ignore it.

I just talked to the folks at the Stanley RS, and Decker Flat Rd./FR 210 is OPEN. They just haven't updated any website to reflect this

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All routing remains open, but there are a couple of area closures to note. More info and maps can be found here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/land/sawtooth/landmanagement

- The area surrounding the Main Route to the east of Dollarhide Summit is closed. Bicycle travel is restricted to FR 227. All recreation activities in the closure area are not permitted at this time, including camping. This does not affect any hot springs. Reference this map for the closure: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3800701.pdf

- Due to fire damage, Baumgartner Campground and hot springs are closed. They will reopen sometime summer 2014.

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Great Divide Section 3 - Map B

This picture is from Wyoming SR 70 somewhere between miles 25.0 & 42.1.

Bruce Burrows, from the Wyoming Department of transportation, and his on-site engineers in the area have granted permission for cyclists to walk around the landslide on State Route 70. The engineers seem to be confident that racing and touring mtb'rs are savy enough to get around it. He did stress to use caution. Also, there could be people/heavy equipment working in the area.

This might change later in the summer when they start working on the road. Here is number to contact for more info:
Wyoming Department of Transportation - 307.777.4375

Again, the Wyoming Department of Transport has granted permission for cyclists to walk around the landslide

-Casey Greene
cartographer, Adventure Cycling Association

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