Tag Archives: Trail Log 2017

Trail Log: 8-26-2017 to 8-27-2017


  • Trail: Sawtooth Wilderness – Stanley Lake Trail – Iron Creek Trail
  • Total miles: 26.9
  • Ave MPH: 2.8
  • Elevation: 8530
  • Riders: Self – Rob – Janine – Shelley – Lisa – Jan
  • Horses: Jack – Kiger – Bubba – Payette – Moose – Misteena – Tucker – Lilly – Boo – Sierra – Azteka gelding (name unknown) Jan’s horse (name unknown)
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank – stayed in camp

Notes: SBBCH provided pack support for a wilderness trail crew working  trails in the Sawtooth wilderness. I was a last minute addition and went up for the first part of the project. Packed in Saturday – had to turn around due to bad trail and try another trail the next day. Two of the riders (Jon and Terry) headed back  home Saturday evening leaving Rob and 5 women.  Sunday we went up via Iron Creek TH and made it to the rendezvous site at the greater Sawtooth Lake, elevation 8530. Likely the most wickedly technical trails I’ve ridden. Absolutely gorgeous. My only regret is I couldn’t stay the entire week and help pack them out.

Link to pictures: Click here for link to pictures on Picasa


Trail Log: 8-20-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 5.41
  • Ave. MPH: 2.7
  • Max speed: 6.9
  • Riders: Self – Dillon – Vanessa
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Hand and Shade

Notes: The kids came over for the eclipse. Dillon wanted to hike and take pictures – Vanessa wanted to ride. Ness and I rode while Dillon hiked. I chose the WRT. It’s picturesque and relatively safe for inexperienced riders. It was the day before the eclipse. Tents were filling up the trail-head and folks were driving on the actual trail. I don’t think they saw the non-motorized signs…


Trail Log: 8-18-2017


  • Trail: Steck Park – Boat dock to Crazy Lady Creek
  • Miles: 6.10
  • Ave.  mph: 2.7
  • Max mph: 3.4
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Rode up to Steck Park for a pre-eclipse recon. I figured it would be full up by now but it was not. They have made preparations for the influx of people; lines of Porti-Pots – garbage cans and fire ban posters every few hundred yards….just no people. I saw a few camps on the other side of the river (Oregon side). I assume the masses of “eclipsicators” will be pouring in later through the weekend.

Trail Log: 8-15-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 6.55
  • Ave. Speed: 3.4 mph
  • Max speed: 13 mph
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Took the dogs for a quick ride on the WRT after work. It felt good to ride Jack after getting him back from my son while J’Lo and I were shooting in Montana. Finally cooled off the last few evenings and made for a comfortable ride. We saw a fox and two bald eagles. Turned dark about 9:30 PM – not ready for the days to get shorter again. Can’t wait to retire and life no longer revolves around work.

Trail Log: 7-21-2017 to 7-23-2017

  • Trail: IMO – Pine Creek – Sage Hen Reservoir (North of Ola)
  • Miles: 30.0
  • Riders: Circle Four Team – Self – Jones – Dusty
  • Horses: J’Lo – Zeke – Shooter
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Savannah – Dealer

Notes: An IMO ride north of Ola off FS Road 685. I’m combining all three days of riding. The actual IMO ride was 14.54 miles. We came in 5th place. We might have come in better but J’Lo was out in the back-end and could not lope without breaking into a buck/crow-hop. 🙁 Soo…we walked and trotted most of the way.  Hope she heals up before our Montana shoot. Poor girl – hate to see any critter in pain.


Trail Log: 7-14-2017

  • Trail: East Pine Crk. Bear Wallow – Halfway Oregon
  • Miles: 6.52
  • Ave. Speed: 3.0
  • Max Speed: 10.0
  • Riders: Self – Blake
  • Horses: Jack – J’Lo – Bell Starr – Gold Starr
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Remmi – Purdy

Notes: Managed to eek out a few rides on my “working vacation.” Blake and I went in search of Bear Wallow and once again came up short. Having difficulty finding the trail that cuts across the mountain and leads directly to the reservoir. I’ve been there at least three times – I think the access point I’m used to is now private and gated off.



Trail Log: 7-12-2017

  • Trail: Stacy Creek (Mann Creek area)
  • Miles: 14.64
  • Ave speed: 2.9
  • Max Speed: 11.1
  • Riders: Self – Jones
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Savannah

Notes: Jones wants to put on an IMO in this area. There is some trail maintenance that needs to be done before this can happen. I scoped out the area and took pictures to present to the SBBCH chapter to see if they are willing to work on the trail.

Trail Log: 6-27-2017

  • Trail: Mann Creek – Adams Creek
  • Miles: 5.75
  • Ave speed: 2.9
  • Max speed: 6.5 mph
  • Riders: Self – Jon
  • Horses: J’Lo – Jack
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Headed for the timber to beat the heat. A short ride up Adams creek (Mann Creek area). We rode into a thunderstorm with booming thunder and a nice downpour. Soaked us pretty good but we dried out about the time we got back to the trailers.  Jon rode Jack so I didn’t have to pony J’Lo. Nice evening for a ride despite the  creepy cannibalistic migrating Mormon crickets. *shudder* Hank enjoyed chasing them – at least somebody was entertained by them.


Trail Log – 6-23-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 12.02
  • Ave speed: 3.4
  • Max Speed: 8.2
  • Riders: Self – Teri – Angel – Susan
  • Horses: Jack – J’Lo – Woody – Dixie – Cheyanne

Notes:  A little buggy in spots but not terrible. We rode in the evening to avoid the heat of the day. Left the dogs at home thinking we might long trot/lope but ended up at a good brisk walk most of the way. The dogs would have been fine.

The girls made up stories as if they were transported to 1867. One was an orphan riding the trail of revenge in search of outlaws who killed her family. Two fur trappers turned in their snares for masks and took to robbing banks. I guess by 1867 the fur trade had dwindled. The other, a former pony express rider turned gambler after decommission of the Pony Express in 1861.

There really is something about the WRT that sparks the imagination.

Trail Log: 6-17-2017

  • Trail: IMO – Gilmore Ranch – Owyhee desert
  • Miles: 13.65
  • Ave speed: 3.7
  • Max speed: 15.5
  • Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty – Teri
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter – Honor – Woody
  • Dogs: Stayed in camp: Hank – Shade – Dealer – Savannah – Olivia

Notes: Expanded our team by two guest riders – Teri M. and Kathy. Teri became a member and we look forward to seeing her at future races. We placed second – finding all five markers in 4 hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds. Circle 4 rocks! The ride managers (Christine and Lee) put on a super fun and creative ride with a cowboy theme complete with Roy Rogers, cowboy boots, hats,  bandanna’s and an empty bottle of Jack Daniels as bearing points. The best part was a cooler full of Icy-Pops free for the taking at marker #5 for hot and tired IMO’ers.