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  1. #1
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    Doing the annual Idaho pilgrimage next week.

    Hitting McCall around the 17th to see friends and ride the usual spots around there, but looking for suggestions on places to camp/ride June 14-16. Well be driving in from E Orygun. But I dont mind going east or north of MC.

    In my somewhat limited Idaho riding trips, Ive greatly preferred the greener more PNW like zones such as McCall vs the ultra dry & dusty spots.

    Will have our beefyish trailduro bikes & dont mind long climbs for worthy descents.

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    I'm also considering an ID/MT trip around then, so I'll follow along.
    ride bikes, climb, ski, travel, cook, work to fund former, repeat.

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    All the usual places like Bear Basin/Jug Mountain Ranch/Tamarack/Brundage/Ponderosa State Park you probably already know. The Payette Rim trail is now pretty much complete from what I understand, but haven't ridden the whole thing yet.
    Lot's of worthy riding to the east of McCall if you can get through the trails, some trails shown on maps don't even exist anymore. A group of friends rode the Secesh to Loon last year and don't forget about 20 Mile Creek, Blackmare, etc. Probably best to ask about trail conditions at the ranger station or one of the bike shops in McCall.

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    Good resource for trails around McCall. You'll still have snow to deal with in mid-June so you'll probably want to stay at the lower elevations.

    https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8011467/mccall

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    That gondola at Silver Mountain sure looks sick.
    dirtbag, not a dentist

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    If you happen to come through Sun Valley, let me know... I'm in town until the end of the month.

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    Eagles Nest should be thawed out by now. As should be the Blackwell Lake/Crestline loop. Both are great rides.

    Jug Mountain Ranch is a fun little pedal up bike park, a good place to spend an afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    If you happen to come through Sun Valley, let me know... I'm in town until the end of the month.
    Whats dry in the sun valley/Stanley area right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by altabird92 View Post
    What’s dry in the sun valley/Stanley area right now?
    Everything....the WRV and east are dry as a bone.

    Stanley area is melting out quickly so most of the rides are a go, maybe not some of the north facing slopes, but with that said, the creeks are running high and cold, but not as high as I'd have thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnjam View Post
    Everything....the WRV and east are dry as a bone.

    Stanley area is melting out quickly so most of the rides are a go, maybe not some of the north facing slopes, but with that said, the creeks are running high and cold, but not as high as I'd have thought.
    Thanks, good to know. Think big casino would fall into the snowy category?

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    Quote Originally Posted by altabird92 View Post
    Thanks, good to know. Think big casino would fall into the snowy category?
    Possibly, hard to tell. Probably the biggest impediment would be deadfall. Not sure if Casino has been cut out so far. I was in Stanley the past few weekends and looked like most of the area of Casino was melted out up high, but that was looking at west and south facing slopes.

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    Thx all. Yeah I’m pretty familiar with McCall riding but trying to hit other zones within, say, a 5 hr drive of McCall. I noticed Soldier Mtn opened and I think the trails are beyond just the resort trails right? Also Wondering about Kellogg riding options since we would be there before the lift opens.

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    Think our plan from Bend is first hit Anthony Lakes area, where I can pick rides depending on snow line, and hit the fun little network just outside of La Grande or the Umatilla Rim Trail. Then up to Lewiston, ride in that area if it’s not too hot, then head east of Grangeville ( snooce ck trail), maybe stay at the hot springs resort, then down to McCall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider View Post
    Thx all. Yeah I’m pretty familiar with McCall riding but trying to hit other zones within, say, a 5 hr drive of McCall. I noticed Soldier Mtn opened and I think the trails are beyond just the resort trails right? Also Wondering about Kellogg riding options since we would be there before the lift opens.
    Yep, Soldier has some DH trails now that were cut in just before the fire. Supposedly it's riding well. Not much for trails outside the ski hill as far as I know expect for some moto trails like NF of Soldier Creek and a few others in the area. East of there into the Gold Belt are some fun trails like Mars Ridge area.
    Soldier doesn't exactly have the best setup for their lift with bikes, they are currently hooking the bike seat to the chair frame and I guess hoping the bikes don't fall off? That lift is sketchy enough in the winter, but with bikes....

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    Thx for the beta.

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    Osberg to Adams just outside of Ketchum is phenomenal. Its kind of a big day without a shuttle but definitely doable if youre fit.

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