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!
Terrace Lakes – 1000 acres of fun, lodging and golf……
Celebrate 50 years on August 15 all day at their outdoor Pavillion
Terrace Lakes had its “official” grand opening in 1967. Now they want to celebrate 50 wonderful years with a reunion.Come celebrate and view the pictures and memories. This is free to the public with snacks provided. The weather should be awesome for the reunion of a the special resort in southwest Idaho. Friends far and wide are encouraged to come and share the memories.
Pilots that like to visit Garden Valley and Lowman area have a nice grassy runway just east of Garden Valley.
Garden Valley (U 88) 6 miles NW of City.
Coordinates N 44 -04.07 W 115-55.89
Mag Var 17E
Elevation 3177 Runways 10-28 3850×125 Turf, Dirt, Fence both ends.
Obstructions, trees, watch for irrigation sprinklers on runway
FSS: Boise 122.6
Charts- Salt Lake City
Restaurants: 2 miles
Lodging: 2 miles
Camping on Field
Notes: No winter maintenance. Recommend land runway 10, take off runway 28, wind permitting. Use own discretion for traffic pattern alt.
The Sawtooth Lodge in Grandjean, Idaho
Summer beauty at the Sawtooth Lodge. Call today to make your reservations. New lodge schedule this season. Breakfast, Lunch, 7 days a week, Dinner, Friday, Sat, Sun……propane grills available to cook your dinner at your cabin or bring your own camp stove. Get out of the heat and come on up to the Mountains!
Come take advantage of the peace and quiet! Book a horseback ride and get into the backcountry with Allreds Adventures, soak in the hot springs during the cool evenings and mornings.
Call for Availability for August………
GVCA – Art Galley Showing for August 2015
Opening Gala is Aug. 1, from 6-8pm. Complimentary wine, beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
Inspiration comes from Imagination….taking used and broken items and making then into art.
Free for everyone….kids are welcomed , too.
(Just one hour north of Boise…..make it a fun day….take time to shop and eat a bite before the Gala!)
Fly through the air, scream if you want…..but laughter is sure to happen! The weather is perfect for a zipline tour. Make your reservations now for a memory to last a lifetime, or scratch off a to-do on your bucket list.
101 Locust St & Hwy 55
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Uncle Billy Bob’s Redneck Trailer Rentals in Garden Valley….
Enjoy the ambience of comfortable redneck living …rental #2….close in town for shopping, food and other activities.
Call 208-462-5262 to book your Garden Valley stay.
Come and relax…maybe plan a romantic getaway. The views are spectacular and there might even be wildlife up close to watch while soaking in the warm waters. The nights are chilly in the mountains…that makes The Springs a great place to hang out!
3742 Hwy 21
PO Box 1110
Idaho City, ID 83631
208-392-9500 ext. 0
Monday 11 AM – 10 PM
Tuesday CLOSED FOR CLEANING
Wednesday 11 AM – 10 PM Grown-ups (18+) only all day and night
Thursday 11 AM – 10 PM Grown-ups (18+) only after 6:00 PM
Friday 11 AM – 10 PM Grown-ups (18+) only after 6:00 PM
Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 10 PM Family Day! with special pricing