Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fault Lake Trail Ride Report

Last year I rode the Fault Lake Trail, and said I would not ride it again until some clearing had been done. The trail was so overgrown in areas you could barely get your handlebars through it. Pushing your bike up it with the brush was not anymore fun. 

Alas, this summer I heard the trail had been cleared and was again in great shape. I can imagine this was no easy task. Clearing all the alder and brush along the sides of this trail was a monumental job. All this work was done in honor of the 50 year anniversary of the Sundance Fire. That fire ripped right along the ridge where Fault Lake lies.

The trail is in amazing shape right now, and Fall is an awesome time to ride it with the change in colors. The only thing you will miss from the summer is a dip in the lake. Remember, you still will have to ditch your bike in the trees and hike the last mile as it is mostly unrideable...but totally worth it. Here are some pics from our ride...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Deer Ridge/Snyder Creek Trails Ride Report

I love going up to the Deer Ridge Lookout. I especially love riding down from the lookout, in particular the Snyder Creek Trail portion of the decent. My normal route has always been to do a mega shuttle and start with riding up Trail #277. Oh, that reminds me that trail got some major tread work done this summer along with a new bridge across Deer Creek. It is in great shape right now. Thought you might wanna know that. But back to my route. I ride up Trail #277 to the lookout. It is a grind of a climb. Once I poke around the lookout and snap some pics from the deck, I head out the Deer Ridge Trail. The ridge riding of the trail has some fabulous sections. It also contains some steep hike-a-bike sections. It is your standard North Idaho adventure ride. All that happens before you start your descent toward the intersection of the Snyder Creek Trail. The Snyder Creek Trail is where the descent really ramps up and thing turn straight down amazing.

That long introduction, leads me to the point of this ride report as I did a new route. This new ride route still falls under the category of mega shuttle, but cuts out the big climb to the lookout and the hike-a-bike along Deer Ridge. Instead of starting at Trail #277, I drove further up and the road and started at the North end of the Deer Ridge Trail. I rode the Deer Ridge Trail South to the Snyder Creek Trail intersection and picked up the descent from there just like I would had I done it my usual way. It made for an awesome ride option.
fall colors on Deer Ridge

The short couple miles on the Deer Ridge Trail to Snyder are really fun, and only include one short hike-a-bike. The long, fast descent down Snyder is like none other in the area. And then there is always post ride beers at Feist Creek Inn. All this adds up to a great day in the North Idaho backcountry.
never take the easy way out