Tuesday, August 1, 2017

American Falls Ride Report

Remember last year's reports on the American Falls Trail. No? Well, some horses went in early season when the ground was very wet and soft. They left a lot of holes in the trail, that really made it unrideable. I mean, you could still ride it, but many I talked to turned around before the falls because it was in such bad condition. There was some good news out of 2107 for this trail, as it got many of its old and decrepit bridges replaced. While we cussed horses on trails over the winter, the snowpack was working some magic. Enter 2018, the trail is in amazing shape again. And the new bridges are awesome. 

note the bear sign
Someone recently said their was some petrified wood along the trail. I have never seen petrified wood, nor do I really know how it comes about. What I can tell you is, sure enough, there is some about 5 miles in on the left side. It span close to 10' across in some spots. It was one of the coolest things I've seen. You wanna know anymore about it, you should google it.
petrified wood sighting

giant sighting
The trail tread was in great shape, but we did have to climb over 7 trees. All manageable.

bear sign, the real kind
The falls are always a nice treat. Although I was hot from the ride, the water was a little cooler than I wanted for a dip. Nonetheless, I drank a beer and ate my lunch while sitting in the cool mist. American Falls really is a must do, but the drive from Sandpoint is a bit hard to swallow at close to 2 hours. I always plan this ride while camping up at Priest Lake, even then it is still around an hour. Anywho, go ride...and watch for bears.


Brett said...

For the record, the horse damage in 2016 was a result of pack strings hauling in the parts for the new bridges. Sometimes we have to take the bad with the good.

B-Railer said...

Yup, I am aware of that Brett. As noted the new bridges are a very welcome upgrade and much needed. In the end, everything is for the better. Thanks!