Welcome to your new best source for Garden Valley MOUNTAIN BIKING/HIKING TRAIL information!
Starting today we will begin posting information “packages” for existing Boise National Forest (BNF) multi-use trails. These packages will include a trail map, route description, elevation profile and a photo or two. The description provides ride ratings, length, elevation stats, highlights, trailhead directions, mileage cues and more.
Today we’re introducing a loop using trails 615B and 615A off Alder Creek Road (615). Refer to the map and separate description for all the details. (Don’t be confused by labels we can’t remove from the map. There is only one Alder Creek Road.) The routes are UNIMPROVED at this date.
Give the loop a try and provide us with comments on the route and the condition by responding with: a) Fun as is, b) Repair it, or c) Don’t like it either way. In addition, we want your detailed comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us what type of rider you are: Beginner, Intermediate or Expert.
Based on your feedback, our goal is to work with SWIMBA to improve the condition of the trail, connect trails where necessary, etc. In a separate posting we provide some Safety Pointers to help keep you safe on the trails.
MOUNTAIN BIKERS ROUTE 615B to 615A –
WEST FORK ALDER CREEK (FS 615B)
BUNCHS CREEK (FS 615A) LOOP
Length: 6.5 mi loop
Start Elev: 3900 ft
High Pt Elev: 4700 ft
End Elev: 3800 ft
Cumulative Elev Gain: 1500 ft
A fun two-track which runs parallel to a creek then along the mountainside to views of Alder Creek Canyon before descending along another creek. Overgrown, rutted and rocky in spots. Four shallow stream crossings. Recommended in clockwise direction starting with 615B.
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
Trailheads are 0.8 miles apart on Alder Creek Road.
615B: N44.01393° W115.96471°
615A: N44.02315° W115.96392°
No formal trailheads. No facilities. From the intersection of Banks-Lowman Hwy and Middle Fork Rd, travel east 3.3 miles on Banks-Lowman Hwy to Alder Creek Road. Turn right (south) and proceed 4.5 miles to where Alder Creek Road is briefly paved. Park along road. The unmarked trail begins on the south side of West Fork Alder Creek just after the creek goes under the road. Do not drive up the trail. it is impassable to full-size vehicles. Park across Alder Creek Road.
Follow the trail upstream. At 1.4 miles, continue straight past the unmarked junction with 615C on the left. (615C is a difficult 4.5 mi climb to Alder Creek Summit.) The point where 615B becomes 615A is unmarked but the trail is obvious. (The MVUM does not show the trails connecting. The attached map arbitrarily shows the trail number changing at the high point.)
At 3.8 miles, just after a stream crossing, stay right past the 615A2 spur, which dead ends. At the end of the trail, turn right (south) to complete the loop on Alder Creek Road.
Boise NF MVUM for Emmett or Idaho City districts.
Trail is designated as “Road” but is currently only passable to ATVs, or at most, a short-wheel-base jeep with expendable paint. Good for all non-motorized uses except too steep for xc skiing. Makes a nice hike. Pack a picnic lunch.
615 B to A average slope 9%
LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN!
Boise County Adventures has made a good faith effort to provide users of its Facebook and webpage with correct information. However, due to the variability of nature, alterations by land agencies or changes in conditions due to floods, fires or weather; nothing can be guaranteed. Contact the appropriate land agency or visit their website for up-to-date information.
Some pointers for safe and fun recreation in the Boise County backcountry:
Don’t travel alone.
Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Consider carrying a “Spot”-type satellite messenger or a satellite phone.
Check the weather forecast and be prepared. Conditions can change rapidly, especially at higher elevations.
Carry a first aid kit, flashlight, butane lighter, food, water, and medications plus spare parts and tools depending on your activity.
Consider treating any water from springs or creeks unless you know it is safe.
Cell phone service is unreliable, especially in canyons and steep terrain. Don’t rely on your smart phone for GPS navigation. However, communication is typically available for Verizon users while in line-of-sight to the cell tower on Packer John Mountain.
Bring a map and a GPS with your route information and know how to use both. Boise National Forest (BNF) maps or Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available on-line or at the Garden Valley Work Center on Banks-Lowman Road, 3.7 miles east of Middle Fork Road. USGS topo maps are available on-line. Routes may be poorly marked or unmarked. NOTE: Some routes may not appear on any maps or are shown incorrectly or have been rerouted.
Routes on our Facebook page and webpage have been developed to use public lands and easements. But, ownerships can change over time. Do not travel on private land without permission from the owner.
Motorized versus non-motorized use of routes is assigned by the controlling land agency. It is up to you to know and comply with the latest designated status.
All routes are two-way unless designated otherwise by the controlling land agency.
Travel may be in remote locations where emergency access is difficult. Know some basic first aid before heading out.
Pack it in. Pack it out. Better yet, carry an extra trash bag and pick up litter as you go. Leave it cleaner than you found it.
HAVE FUN! BE SAFE!
— Christmas is in full swing at Garden Valley’s Center for the Arts and the Old Crouch Mercantile Arts and Crafts Mall! Both are in downtown Crouch and both are an experience travelers will not want to miss.
— The Garden Valley Center for the Arts is looking for artists who have art work that represents “Wild Idaho” for the January gallery show. The art work can be one or two dimensional and can be in any medium. Be sure to bring your hang or display-ready art to the center on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10:00 for this show. Looking forward to seeing some great, original “Wild Idaho” artwork!
— The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
will be in residence at the GV School Nov 4 – 6:
in the school gym on Tue Nov 4 8:50 am – 9:50 am – Free:
Pot Luck Dinner with Dancers
Tue Nov 4 – 6:30- 8:00 pm – Senior Center:
Parent/Child Creative Movement Class
Wed Nov 5 4:30 – 5:30 pm Community Hall – Free:
Creative Movement Class
(High School and older) Wed Nov 5 5:30 – 7:00 pm Community Hall – Free – no experience necessary:
Thu Nov 6 – 7pm at the school $10 Adults $9 GVCA members $5 students $25 family (3 or more):
following the concert at Two Rivers Nov 6 – 9:00 – 11:pm Meet the dancers and enjoy light refreshments $5 per person
— Tourists be sure to visit James Castle Square, just taking shape in Crouch! Bounded by the Crouch Museum/City Hall, a unique antique car, the Tucker Granary, KXGV radio station, the Garden Valley Center for the Arts and the Garden Valley Market, this is the location for the Garden Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings and other events. Bring a blanket or chairs and picnic under the pergola.
—Garden Valley celebrates James Castle Days today at 1:30pm behind the GVCA in the walking area with games all day weather allowing. From 4-6pm is a slide presentation in the Community Hall on James Castle’s history. From 6-8pm there will be a birthday party with cake and ice cream at the GVCA Gallery. Come learn, play and eat!
— Join Elizabeth McInally on Wednesdays in October @11:00 A.M. at the Crouch Community Hall for hula hooping fun and exercise. The American Council of Exercise states that the average person will burn approximately 200 calories for every 30 minutes of hoop exercise. When using a weighted hoop the energy expenditure can be increased to 400 calories per half hour. The number of calories burned during exercise will vary depending on metabolic rate and the intensity of exercise. Sounds fun and creative!