Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Buckhorn Ridge Ride Report

I recently had a birthday.  The numbers were 44.  It only seemed appropriate that I ride Trail #44, or Buckhorn Ridge, in celebration of said day.  It really worked out good in my mind, as not only did the numbers work, but it really is one of my favorite rides in North Idaho.  Now, before you go pack up your bike to go do this ride, let me warn you it is not for everyone.  I mean, anyone "could ride this trail," but not everyone (or many people probably) will list it as their favorite ride in the area.

This ride has epic "potential," so let me explain a little.  Although this ride has epic views, epic geographical character, epic descents and epic terrain.  It also features epic climbs, one of the most epic hike-a-bikes in the area, epic rocky sections and an epic drive to trailhead.  I think it is all worth it, and more, as it tops my ride list.  I really can't say enough about this ride, but it should be taken for more than just a ride at face value.  It is an adventure, an exploration and a ride all in one.  Anyways, here are some pics...

the best sidehill ride in North Idaho

a favorite lunch stop along the way...old cook site

the "epic" hike-a-bike

summit beers at Line Point

one of several state line markers

Weather was great for the day.  Fall brought out the many colors that abound on the sidehills and peaks.  Trail was awesome, as were my riding partners.  It was a long, hard day.  And a totally worthy day for ringing in another year of riding.