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Monumental Jackpot of Descent

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A beautiful, multi-day, fast-paced shuttle or supported descent.


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60.5

Miles

97.4

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Singletrack

8,045' 2,452 m

High

5,120' 1,561 m

Low

3,121' 951 m

Up

6,015' 1,833 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Usually passable from early May to early November (snow is melted).

Overview

Descend over 6,000 feet, see 8+ feet tall beaver dams, camp in solitude, and enjoy a great, fast-paced and fun shuttle!

Need to Know

Lots of creek crossings in May 2018. No services so make sure you have the necessary provisions and gas in the vehicles. In May, the wildflowers are in full bloom and are amazing. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies make sure to bring your favorite allergy meds. You'll need them. :-)

Right before you reach South Fork Shoshone #512, you'll see the Shoshone Wildlife Ponds. Also, if you follow Oakley-Rogerson #500 (aka Magic Mountain Road) approximately four miles past the South Fork Shoshone #512, you can see the Hummingbird Sanctuary. The migratory birds show up mid-April and leave by mid-September.

Description

Day 1: Start at the top of Monument Peak on the Monument Peak #178 road in the South Hills area of the Sawtooth National Forest and descend to FS Flats campground. The descent is on dirt/gravel road. CAUTION: Gravel road makes it like you are riding on marbles around corners. We had a few crashes/slide outs.

Next, descend from FS Flats campground on F S Spring #538 to the Deadline Ridge #541 (turn left 400 yards before Pike Peak turn-off). Continue to the ATV trail Balsam Bench #506 and take it to the top of Deadline Ridge then ride north on service road Upper Deadline Ridge #647 until you reach Magic Mountain Road (Oakley-Rogerson #500). (Support vehicles can bypass the ATV trail by using the Magic Mountain Road (Oakley-Rogerson #500) and wait for the bikers at the "Deadline Ridge/Magic Mountain Road Junction").

Ride on Oakley-Rogerson #500 until you reach South Fork Shoshone #512 and turn left. Continue on South Fork Shoshone #512 until you reach Langford Flat #637. You'll pass many great camping locations and many beaver dams (beautiful section). From the start of Langford Flat #637 to where we camped, it's approximately a half mile. There are many great campsites along this road.

Day 2: Climb, cruise, and descend on Langford Flat #637 until you reach Shoshone Basin Road. Head south on Shoshone Basin Road into Nevada for a little over 10 miles to Basin Bottom Road (aka: the California Trail Backcountry Byway: Jackpot Branch). Follow this road west on the fast-paced road through the foothills of Gollaher Mountain until you reach HWY 93 where you can meet up with a dropped car or wait for your support vehicle.

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Shared By:

Aaron Camacho

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Starting the Ride
May 30, 2018 near Hansen, ID
Beaver dams
May 30, 2018 near Kimberly, ID

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