“A desert Birds of Prey Area ride to Initial Point on a bumpy doubletrack.”
— Lo Ka
Rain will make glue out of the trail. Watch the sky.
This is an adventurous doubletrack through the desert in the BLM Birds of Prey area.
To find the parking area, drive south on Cloverdale Rd. Park south of the intersection between Poen Rd and Cloverdale Rd. Follow the doubletrack through the desert. The road can be faint in some areas while rocks, ruts, and other obstacles can be present.
This area seems very isolated, although you are in cell phone range. Shooters may be present, however, they should not be south of the power lines. There are a number of other doubletracks that can be utilized in order to loop with others routes in area.
Be careful with pets in the summer as squirrels in the area can have bubonic plague.
Fun Fact: Initial Point is the point in Idaho for which all land surveys are based from. The deed to your Idaho property will have reference to a Section corner or 1/4 corner from the original Government Surveys that all started at this weird little lava cone out in the desert. This point is where Idaho's Baseline and Meridian intersect. Yes, Meridian Road and the City of Meridian sit right on our state's meridian line. Ever drive on Baseline Rd. on Melba? Yep, it is on the base line. Yoy can find Baseline Rd. just 2 miles north of Fairfield, Id and 7 miles south of Bellevue, Id (same line)! It even lines up with Highway 39 as it comes into Blackfoot, Id. Now to blow your mind, imagine measuring the whole state 66 feet at a time using a Gunter's Chain, a sextant and the stars!