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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:

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:

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:

Routes / Re: Great Divide Canada on touring bike?
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:13:58 pm »
You should go read the topic "Great Divide, Canada Section - Flooding - June 2013" in the Temporary ACA Route Road Closures. There was major flooding along the route, especially between Banff and Sparwood. We recommended that folks shouldn't ride it this year. A few people have ridden it lately and left photos. 

Routes / Re: Southern Tier Route in winter???
« on: July 29, 2013, 01:18:15 pm »
There could be snowy weather especially if storms are rolling through. Normally though the snow won't last, but you might have to sit in a motel for a few days to wait it out. The highest pass on the route in NM stays open all winter and is plowed but there could easily be snow off the road. I suggest you keep checking the weather so you aren't surprised. Also remember that the days are getting shorter so you'll have less hours of daylight to cycle.

Routes / Re: short cut to southern tier?
« on: July 25, 2013, 05:48:42 pm »
Try googling "Texas bicycle maps." This is one site that appears and there are others...

The highway is open again.

Routes / Re: Adirondack Park Route - Need advice
« on: July 18, 2013, 10:00:06 am »
I don't think so. The reason we included a spur was to connect it to the Albany/Schenectady airport.

This is what we heard 10 days ago from a local cyclist:
The lower flathead and wigwam are fine. The Upper Flathead Rd. just below Flathead Pass is missing. Corbin Rd. is reopening to mining traffic but closed to public traffic.

If you look at my post on July 5th it gives directions on how to reach the Lower Flathead from Fernie.

FR 150 is now open.

SR 152 is now open but all the campgrounds along there east of Mimbres remain closed.

Here are specific directions if you want to ride the lower portion of the main route in map B:

If you do want to ride the part that's open (look at map B). At mile 60.6 on the Fernie Alternate you can use Lodgepole/River Rd. to Wigwam Rd. south to join the route at mile 112.6. Or you could continue east on Lodgepole Rd. over a pass to join the route at mile 74.2, then continue southward.

If you are flying into Calgary and can't reach Banff you can ride Hwy. 22 south to Hwy. 3. Go west over Crowsnest Pass which will take you to Sparwood where you can use the Fernie Alternate to Roosville. Hwy. 22 does have some washouts but a cyclist riding this was able to get through. Most of the highway has shoulders.

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:

We are strongly advising that, because of the extraordinary flooding and flood damage throughout the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia on June 19 and 20, cyclists should not attempt to ride the Canadian section of the route this year.

I understand that this is an unusual warning, but in all my years at Adventure Cycling, I have never seen such a complete washout of a route. We are receiving many reports of washed-out bridges, destroyed roads, and fast-moving rivers and creeks, which could compromise a cyclist’s safety. In our judgment, there are also no viable alternatives to the route. It would be much wiser for people to wait until 2014 to ride the Canadian section.

FYI... Going from Banff to Radium Hot Springs and down to the border at Roosville is mapped on the Great Parks North #1 and #2 maps. You will still need to check on the roads to find out if they are open. From all the reports we're hearing you don't want to follow the GD Canada routing at all - there's too many bridge closures and road washouts and damage.

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