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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.

Clockwise (CC:) 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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Aaron at Gravity Sports in McCall called about the riding conditions on the Secesh Option. Basically it is unrideable in a couple of sections due to an excessive amount of downed trees and/or rutted trails:

1) From Twentymile Trailhead to Foolhen Meadows Trailhead - he was out here himself and said it wasn't suited to loaded riding of any kind right now due to the number of trees down. He only got about 5 miles in before he had to turn back.

2) From A to F on the map, in addition to downed trees, the trail is quite rutted - this was reported by cyclists coming into the shop. They had spent hours climbing over the downed trees and were frustrated by the amount they encountered.

Aaron talked to the local forest rangers and they stated it would be at least mid-September before they would have a chance to get in there and clear any of it. Apparently this is common due to the nature of the area.

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At mi. 5.9, in June 2013, the Fording River Mining Road was washed out in a key cliffside section. It was taken out by the flooded Fording River. From reports, it has not yet been fixed. The road is maintained in a partnership by Teck Mining Co. and Tembec Timber (recently sold to Canfor). We do not know when the road will be repaired. Late last summer a few riders were able to ford the river to bypass the slide, but early season 2014 riders will not be able to do this safely. Use Prov. Hwy 43 into Sparwood as an alternate. It has a decent shoulder.

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Trail Ridge Rd./US 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park is open to essential travel only. The entire park is closed to recreation due to heavy rain and the severe flooding along the Rocky Mountain Front during the week of Sept. 9, 2013. The town of Estes Park has lost many of its roads and bridges. To avoid the area you will need to use the Berthoud Pass Alternate shown on the map. Check this link for further information: http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/flood_alert.htm

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West of Lolo, US 12 is closed due to the Lolo Creek Complex fire between the town of Lolo and Lolo Pass. Here's a link to more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3683/

The detour around this closure involves many miles. Check with the inciweb website (listed above) before making a decision as to what to do. MT DOT wants to get the highway open again as quickly as possible and conditions change daily. The detour starts in Missoula: follow I-90 northwest to Mullan, ID. This will include some frontage road riding and some interstate riding. In Mullan you get onto the Trail of the Couer d'Alenes, a 70+ mile paved rail trail going west to Plummer, ID. From Plummer, take US 95 south to Lewiston, where you reconnect to the Lewis & Clark Trail.

Idaho has a bicycling map. Here's a link in pdf format: http://itd.idaho.gov/bike_ped/BikeMap2010.pdf

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West of Lolo, US 12 is closed due to the Lolo Creek Complex fire between the town of Lolo and Lolo Pass. Here's a link to more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3683/

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State Highway 89 is closed due to the Yarnell fire on maps 16 and 17 from mile marker 283 north of Peeples Valley to Date Creek Rd. south of Yarnell (about 14 miles). Here's a link to more info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3461/

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The roads on the Great Divide Route through the Santa Fe National Forest between Abiquiu and Cuba are closed to all travel. See this link for more information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5425196

The easiest detour: from Abiquiu, go west on US 84, continue west on SR 96, then south on SR 96, then SE on US 550 to Cuba.

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FR 150 was closed June 23 due to the Silver Fire. It's closed from just south of the Beaverhead Work Center (mile 99.1) to Hwy. 35 (mile 146.2). There's lots of fire vehicles on the road and the fire, which is east of the road, is heading north and west so that's why it was closed. It'll be closed anywhere from 7 -14 days.

The easiest detour would be to take Hwy. 12 west (mile 39.0), then south on US 180 to Silver City.

For information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila

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There is a bridge reconstruction on Wabash Rd. Going southbound you should continue west on Reamstown Rd. and follow the detour signs.

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The route is closed for a bridge replacement at Bolivar. Westbound cyclists use SR 1061 north, then turn left (west) onto SR 1057. Eastbound there is no sign in or near Tangipahoa so stay on SR 1057, then turn right (south) on SR 1061 to Bolivar and rejoin the route.

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Routes / Emergencies on paved rail-trails??
« on: September 24, 2012, 04:08:59 pm »
Has anyone had an emergency on a paved rail-trail where you had to get an ambulance to come pick up the injured person? Can ambulances or other vehicles drive on rail-trails? We had this question from someone and I'm curious to find out if anyone has dealt with this issue.

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Slab Creek Rd. and Old Scenic Hwy. 101 are closed from June 25 through August 31, 2012. Use US 101 as a detour.

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Slab Creek Rd. and Old Scenic Hwy. 101 are closed from June 25 through August 31, 2012. Use US 101 and SR 18 as a detour.

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On maps 1 and 2, the Ambridge-Aliquippa bridge is closed for repairs. It will reopen in November, 2012, and close again next spring, 2013, for another 9 months or so. Here is a  9 mi. detour. Ohio River Blvd./SR 65 has a narrow shoulder and curbs so this detour takes you off the highway where it can. If you don't want to ride off and onto the highway you can continue on it for the entire length.
NB: On map 1, from the corner of Merchant St. and 11th St. in Ambridge, continue straight. In 0.2 mi., turn right onto 14th St. In 0.2 mi., turn left onto Duss Ave./SR 989. In 2.5 mi. enter Baden. Route becomes State St. In 1.0 mi., merge right onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 0.4 mi., at Virginia Ave., bear slightly right/continue straight onto State St. which becomes Beaver Rd., then 1st Ave. in Conway. In 1 mi., merge onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 1.5 mi., merge onto 3rd Ave. and follow it through the town of Freedom. In 1 mi., merger onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 1.5 mi., in Rochester, rejoin route at the junction of SR 51/65 and SR 18. See Detail A. 
SB: On map 2 Detail A, from the junction of SR 18 and SR 51/65 in Rochester, continue southeast on SR 51/65. In 1.5 mi. merge right and over SR 65 onto 3rd Ave. in Freedom. In 1 mi., merge right and over SR 65 onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 1.5 mi., in Conway, turn left onto 11th St. Go 1 block and turn right onto 2nd Ave. Go 1 block and turn right onto 10th St. Go 1 block and turn left onto 1st Ave. which becomes Beaver Rd., then W. State St. In 1 mi., at Virginia Ave. at light, use crosswalk across Ohio River Blvd./SR 65 and turn left onto Ohio River Blvd./SR 65. In 0.4 mi., turn left onto State St. Baden. In 3 mi., in Ambridge, turn right onto 14th St. In 0.2 mi., turn left onto Merchant St. In 0.2 mi., rejoin route at the corner of Merchant St. and 11th St.   

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