Ahh, weekend up in the high country of the Purcell Mountains. We were looking to do the Snyder Creek Trail #205, but weren't really feeling up to ridge riding from the Deer Ridge lookout over. There were some mumbling of the previous evenings shenanigans. Anyways, crafted a route starting from the Deer Ridge Trail #350 trailhead, off FS Rd #2517. I am noticing a lot of numbers on the screen, hope they make sense cause I am starting to get confused.
|Shadow photo bomb|
|start with a climb|
Anyways, I hadn't ridden this Northern section of the Deer Ridge Trail in probably 6 years...if memory serves me right. It is a rather long shuttle ride, even if you are in the Bonners Ferry area to begin with. But the 1.75 miles of riding to the Trail #205 intersection was straight up amazing! Open meadows, fun ups/downs and some great 360 views packed into one short trail. Then we hit the Snyder Creek Trail for 6ish miles of sidehills and fast descending. 5 trees down for the day, 4 of which we were able to clear. Trails were in great shape. And this ended up being a great route if you are looking for a rather easy day of riding (way more descending than climbing). There is still time for you to do it...but not much.
|some of the miles of sidehill on Snyder Creek|
|cool mossy rock|