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Spent 9 days riding around idaho, starting in Idaho City and finishing at GCL.  There's is some phenomenal riding in that state and I'm sure I just scratched the surface.  Huge thanks to @ITLKSEZ for suggesting a couple of different areas and pointing me towards some real gems.  Mostly just pics, and a lot of just empty trail pics because I was riding solo for the first part of the trip then met up with some friends from Bellingham at GCL for the last few days.

Started out with a fun loop out of IC, nothing hard just some good fast trail riding

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Got in a history lesson around McCall

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That ended up being a very cold ride.  I was out for 3 different hail storms and then it turned to snow for the last few miles back to the truck.  A pic from the drive out of there

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Headed up towards CDA for a couple of days of riding in that area.  These trails were my favorite of the trip.  Pretty remote and I didn't see any other people, trails were in fantastic shape as well.  It seemed like most had just been cleared and hadn't seen much traffic yet.

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Got in a little fishing along the way.  This creek looked absolutely perfect but I couldn't find any signs of life.  It's right by some free camp spots and the trailhead for what was probably my favorite trail.  I did pretty well on the N fork of the CDA though, very willing cutties in there.

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Headed north to GCL for a few days of riding.  The riding there is really fun, would highly recommend getting out there if you can, such a cool area.  You can tell those trails see a whole lot of traffic though, they were pretty beat up compared to the stuff I was riding down by CDA.

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The weather went from very wet to perfect while we were there, the dirt followed suit and did the same.

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Sun finally came out and had to go for a dip in the lake

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On our last morning there we attempted Pack Saddle.  Got about 2/3rds of the way up and had to turn around because we ran out of time and had to be out of camp.  That trail is legit, probably the hardest continuous piece of trail that I've been on.  A pic before it got hard

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Thanks Idaho, see you next time

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9 minutes ago, dfinn said:

Spent 9 days riding around idaho, starting in Idaho City and finishing at GCL.  There's is some phenomenal riding in that state and I'm sure I just scratched the surface.  Huge thanks to @ITLKSEZ for suggesting a couple of different areas and pointing me towards some real gems.  Mostly just pics, and a lot of just empty trail pics because I was riding solo for the first part of the trip then met up with some friends from Bellingham at GCL for the last few days.

Started out with a fun loop out of IC, nothing hard just some good fast trail riding

50083916336_d13474f894_b.jpg

Got in a history lesson around McCall

50083887726_159b7e4943_b.jpg

That ended up being a very cold ride.  I was out for 3 different hail storms and then it turned to snow for the last few miles back to the truck.  A pic from the drive out of there

50084151217_b722c7b423_b.jpg

Headed up towards CDA for a couple of days of riding in that area.  These trails were my favorite of the trip.  Pretty remote and I didn't see any other people, trails were in fantastic shape as well.  It seemed like most had just been cleared and hadn't seen much traffic yet.

50083362663_eab673900d_b.jpg

50083382648_901928405a_b.jpg

50084240492_bfddde5bcb_b.jpg

50083420733_b4bf5ea5d0_b.jpg

50083421013_90d9a62c69_b.jpg

Got in a little fishing along the way.  This creek looked absolutely perfect but I couldn't find any signs of life.  It's right by some free camp spots and the trailhead for what was probably my favorite trail.  I did pretty well on the N fork of the CDA though, very willing cutties in there.

50083964466_1e7ed7c986_b.jpg

Headed north to GCL for a few days of riding.  The riding there is really fun, would highly recommend getting out there if you can, such a cool area.  You can tell those trails see a whole lot of traffic though, they were pretty beat up compared to the stuff I was riding down by CDA.

50083514628_c88de4b95e_b.jpg

The weather went from very wet to perfect while we were there, the dirt followed suit and did the same.

50084205856_b645102e0d_b.jpg

50083622268_6ef28f3f67_b.jpg

Sun finally came out and had to go for a dip in the lake

50087390576_3a6492ee2e_b.jpg

On our last morning there we attempted Pack Saddle.  Got about 2/3rds of the way up and had to turn around because we ran out of time and had to be out of camp.  That trail is legit, probably the hardest continuous piece of trail that I've been on.  A pic before it got hard

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Thanks Idaho, see you next time

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Planning on doing something very similiar and spending some time in ID and UT this Aug....where did you stay when you were in ID?  How does the riding compare to UT?  

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15 minutes ago, Oregon Comrade said:

Planning on doing something very similiar and spending some time in ID and UT this Aug....where did you stay when you were in ID?  How does the riding compare to UT?  

I camped at random places along the way.  Almost all of which were free FS camp spots except at GCL and if I was going to go back there I'd probably just find somewhere close to the lodge to camp for free since it's all FS land out there for the most part.

The riding varied quite a bit considering I started out around Boise and ended up almost in Canada but for the most part I'd say there is a ton of quality singletrack in Idaho from the little bit that I've seen.  I think they probably have a lot more than Utah but we have some great riding down here as well.

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Very nice. Some of those smaller streams are frozen so much of the year they never develop any bugs for the fish to eat.

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Just now, Slackkinhard said:

Very nice. Some of those smaller streams are frozen so much of the year they never develop any bugs for the fish to eat.

Interesting.  I didn't consider that since this was pretty low elevation (2500') but that could definitely be the case.  I did pick up a couple of rocks in that particular stream and there did seem to be quite a bit of bug life.

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3 minutes ago, dfinn said:

Interesting.  I didn't consider that since this was pretty low elevation (2500') but that could definitely be the case.  I did pick up a couple of rocks in that particular stream and there did seem to be quite a bit of bug life.

might have just not had the right bait. Some times of the year certain flies are choice. Some streams you can catch fish with a blade a grass, others ya gotta have the right fly, right color, right size, etc.  I've never gone down the rabbit hole far enough to be an expert, but my uncle has and it's quite the art

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Hey man, I am looking for somewhere to head to,escape the hear here in LV.

 

can you send me the names of these trail systems and where I can fimd them?

or maybe a link where I can get some info? i would really appreciate it!

 

thanks!

 

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Boy, that's some neat stuff! 

With that said, who is gonna be riding in the Emmett or within an hour or 2, of Emmett next week? I'm gonna be in Caldwell the 13th thru the 17th. My moorsickles are gonna be at my buddies house in Emmett. He was supposed to be able to get out and ride for a day, but, that isn't gonna work out. I've never ridden in ID, so, I surely don't wanna go solo. 

I did some looking on RiderPlanet and it seems that the Telephone Ridge Trail looks like a cool place to ride. Or, Sage Hen or Ridge to Rivers. Those are all within a 1.5 hours of Emmett. 

https://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/idaho_06429/ride_1039.htm

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