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