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Beginning in March 2016, we started hearing from locals that this year's snowpack was heavy, perhaps the highest in 10 years. While some has begun melting, there is still a lot of snow up there.

As of 5/25 Dollarhide Summit, west of Ketchum on the Main Route, is still snowed in. It is predicted it won't be open until late June. It is advised that trips begin no earlier than the 3rd or 4th week in June and even then expect to encounter snow on the ground.

This is directly from the local source:

And to be clear I don't mean it would be difficult, I mean it would be a dangerous, wet, cold snow shoe hike for miles and miles. The danger part is from an unstable snow pack (snow that is moving and sliding as it melts) , isothermic snow pack that is bottomless (even with snow shoes you would sink to your waist).    As the snow continues to melt the creeks and rivers are running deep and they too are dangerous.  That also means that many of the hot springs are underwater and inaccessible.

While the online 'snotel' websites may be good for reporting overall conditions in the region, they may not be representative of what the road conditions are specifically.

If you have further information, please post it here.


Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades road surfaces?
« on: May 26, 2016, 06:11:02 pm »
The only unpaved sections I am aware of on the Sierra Cascades route would be on options or alternates. There is no gravel required for completing the entire route.


Hi JohnFromDenver,

Thanks for checking in on the most appropriate place for your GDMBR book link. I'd say the Routes discussion area is probably the best for this information.


We have just been alerted to a chip seal project taking place on the TransAmerica Trail in Oregon. It is on US 26 from the junction with SR 19 to the town of Mount Vernon.

A specific start date has not yet been specified only that it is slated for "Summer 2016". Once the project has started, updated information will be available via

Due to the size of the chip seal being used, a shuttle will be run for cyclists to avoid riding through it.


South / Re: Ride KY to VA
« on: May 16, 2016, 09:29:31 am »
If by "the ride" you mean our TransAmerica Trail, you can find out a lot of information from the TransAm page on our website. Be sure to read through each of the tabs on that page:

I don't know if there would be a place to park your RV each night or not. The RV campgrounds we list on the maps are only the ones that allow tent camping, there may be others along the route.

The shoulder widths and road conditions are going to vary a fair amount across this section as well as differing amounts of traffic, lots of short, steep hills and some curvy roads. You might want to restate your question in terms of the TransAm and re-ask it in the Routes discussion area.



Thanks for letting us know how it went and your opinion on direction of travel. I'm sure someone down the road will be glad to hear your experience and thoughts.


A local called to let us know about a paving project on SR 125 between the towns of Middlebury and Hancock in Vermont. The area is very torn up and potentially not safe for a cyclist to attempt. Please avoid the construction altogether and ride the Brandon Gap instead.
From East Middlebury eastbound, use US 7 south to SR 53 southeast to SR 73 east to rejoin the route about 1 mile south of Rochester on SR 100.

V Trans says:
Of notable concern is the potential hazard for bicyclists along this route, and as a result of the unsuitability of the road surface for travel by bicycle, it is strongly recommended that cyclists find an alternate route of travel until crews have paved the road surface within the project limits.
Work on this project will occur in the daytime. Daytime work hours are typically 6:00 AM-6:00 PM.

This project is slated to continue through September 2016. The VT Agency of Transportation website may have more current information:


Routes / Re: Great Parks South Sec. #1
« on: May 03, 2016, 09:22:01 am »
This is the first I've heard on this topic for a long time. It's disappointing the signs are still up, it would not seem to be legal based on the ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court. I blogged on the whole story beginning in 2010. The sum up is here including a link to the final ruling:


Being somewhat technology challenged, it would nice if ACA would make available some sort of tiny 'free sample' example that could be downloaded without cost so the consumer could see and better understand what their getting and that it's really what they want.

Hmm, that's in interesting idea. I'll bring it up with staff and see what we can do in this area.



Good morning!

It's official, we now have high resolution digital data available for the TransAmerica Trail for sale! To see the details, check out my blog post on the release:

Viva la TransAm data!


We received this notice:

The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to temporarily close the Camp Pendleton Bike Path—the only bike access between Las Pulgas Rd. and Basilone Rd. along Interstate 5 (I-5)— for military operations between this Monday, Mar. 28 and Friday, April 1, 2016.  Under normal bike path closure circumstances Caltrans would open the freeway shoulders in this segment to bicyclists, however there is a construction project that has closed the shoulders of I-5 in that segment.  Caltrans will provide a 24/7 on-call shuttle to carry bicyclists through the closures in the I-5 corridor between Oceanside and San Clemente.  The phone number for the shuttle is (619)385-3267.  Pick-up/drop-off locations are at Oceanside Harbor in the east parking lot (NW corner of the lot), at the park and ride lot at Las Pulgas Rd., and Basilone Rd.(at the south end of the Trestles bike path, where it meets Old Hwy 101).  Signs at these locations will include the shuttle phone number.

Earlier this week we started distributing an updated version of our digital data. It's not as feature rich as the coming digital data product but this interim data will give you a peek into the future and should be easier to use. We have a series of support pages on the website to help you get started and understand how the data works, not only with a gps unit but on mobile devices as well.

For more information, see today's blog post:

It is exciting to have taken in this step in the process.

Let us know what you think and how it's working for you.


This bridge has been replaced.


"Kansas Road [labeled Kansas Ave. on Map A] will be closed and detoured between Redstone Drive and Forsythia Drive from Monday, March 7 through June 2016 while crews replace the deteriorated bridge deck and beams. During construction, Kansas Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 611 (Easton Road), Titus Avenue and County Line Road."

For more information see:

In addition, there is a second closure on this map:

"Through Summer 2016, the Keith Valley Rd Bridge in Horsham Twp will be CLOSED & DETOURED between County Line and Horsham Rd for bridge reconstruction."

There should be a signed detour for this closure. It expected to last from approximately mid-March through May.


Routes / I-90 Lookout Pass - Idaho/Montana border 2016
« on: February 26, 2016, 02:05:32 pm »
An early heads up. Idaho Transportation Department will be resuming work on I-90 between Mullan and Lookout Pass on April 11. This project is extensive and closes I-90 to cyclists. They will have a shuttle system like they did in 2015.
The Idaho Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator offered a couple of alternative routes to avoid the shuttle and the construction on I-90:
Northern Route (going westbound)
Exit I-90 at Regis, MT.  Go east on Hwy. 135 to Hwy. 200.  Go north to Thompson Falls.  Turn west onto MT Secondary Hwy. 471 to Thompson Pass.  Continue over the pass into Idaho passing through Murray, Prichard, Enaville and Kingston.  Rejoin I-90 at Exit 43.  The road is paved all the way, very scenic and frequently used by cyclists.
Southern Route (going westbound)
Note:  There is no viable southern option for road cyclists.
However, if bicycles are set up for gravel, i.e., a mountain bike or a bike with at least 700x32c tires; there is a much shorter detour—only 11.5 miles.  It is the NorPac Trail.  Details can be found at
Going westbound the trail starts at the Lookout Pass Ski Area on I-90.

For more information see this blog post from June 2015 on the first half of the project:


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