Friday, August 10, 2018

Basic Route, recent trip, summary notes

One Month travel time:

Truckee-> Wild Horse Reservoir State Recreation Area-> Rails to Trails paths all over-> Alturas Lake, Stanley Lake-> Elk Mountain Bike Trail-> Salmon River near Stanley -> Custer and Custer Day -> Cascade Lake -> Lower Redfish Lake, Redfish river-> Lower Middle Fork Salmon River -> Payette River -> Coeur d'Alene ->Hiawatha Trail, MT 

Coeur d'Alene, - > Sand Point, ID -> Priest Lake, ID -> Upper Priest Lake, Priest River -> Syringa Provincial Park  Columbia River -> (good rails to trails riding -> Columbia and Western Railway route -> Slocan Lake -> Valhalla Provincial Park - Slocan River Bike Trail -> Ferry across Kootenay Lake -> Riondel -> Crawford Bay Craft Village -> Fernie 

Crawford Bay Craft Village -> Fernie -> Waterton Lakes Provincial Park - Glacier National Park -> St. Mary Lake -> Augusta and the Cobb Ranch -> Lincoln and the Blackfoot Wild Art -> Big Sky, MT -> Gallatin River, Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir -> Truckee

Great Rails to trails riding in northern Idaho and southern BC/Alberta (use this resource all over US and Canada: )

Great class 1-2 Rivers in northern Idaho and southern BC - (get the guidebooks)
  • Canoe Trips - British Columbia - Jack Wainwright
  • Paddle Routes of the Inland Northwest - Rich Landers and Dan Hansen
  • Guide to Idaho Paddling - Katherine Daly and Ron Watters
  • Paddling Montana -Hank and Carol Fischer

Redfish Lake is unapproachable in the summer - absolutely mobbed - avoid

Do this trip in September - would be much more enjoyable in cooler temperatures