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Friday, August 26, 2011
City of Rocks PIoneer Trails Endurance Ride
Friday August 26 2011
It is official! The City of Rocks Pioneer Trails multi-day endurance ride has been sanctioned for July 13-14-15-16, 2012, at City of Rocks National Reserve, near Almo, Idaho.
You'll see some amazing scenery and you'll ride on some old Pioneer Trails from the 1800's - the California Trail, the Boise-Kelton Stage Route, and the Salt Lake Alternate Trail.
Despite the "Rocks" in the name of the ride, and despite the 'toon illustration above, we won't make you and your horse rappel down cliffs; and the footing is amazingly non-rocky in most places. You'll ride from sagebrush flats up into alpine forests. Basecamp is at 5700', so when it's hot in July everywhere else, it will be milder there. Just to the north are the Albion Mountains; the trails will head up there one day.
Bring the family even if the rest of them don't ride: bring your climbing shoes or hiking shoes. City of Rocks is one of the premier climbing destinations in the country. Bring your fishing pole too, because the trails (or roads) in the Albion mountains lead you to the high alpine Independence Lakes where cutthroat trout are waiting to jump on your hooks. If you like ATVing, the Cassia Mountains to the west have an abundance of ATV trails.
In the nearest town (which you can see from basecamp) there is a restaurant and general store. If the weather isn't hot enough for you, there are hot springs (and maybe if we beg them) a cool pool.
We'll have a special name for each ride day, like, perhaps,
Beef Jello - Banana (don't ask me! they must be names of climbing routes)
My Own Private Idaho - Booby Rocks - Twin Sisters
Moulton - Emigrant Canyon (Moulton is a historic site where an old stage stop and school building is still standing)
We're headed back there next week to ride, ATV and hike, to scout more trails and lay more plans.
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Wonderful adventure ahead, that's for sure.
Okay if I start training now and working on getting my horse in shape this is a ride I just might do.ReplyDelete
I loved the pictures when you scoping it out.
oops, yes, Jean, i meant 2012, I corrected it. i was just excited!ReplyDelete
I would love to make this my first multi-day ride! Maybe Cartman will be ready by July 2012, something to work toward :)ReplyDelete
THAT is something to look forward to!ReplyDelete
That is going to be SOOOO very cool!! And in the summer when it is easy to take off work. HOORAY!! Thanks Owyhee crew!ReplyDelete
Would love to see that "toon" on a shirt!ReplyDelete
Looking forward to this ride.ReplyDelete
Looks like a trip to ID is on my 2012 calendar!ReplyDelete
YAY! Can't wait!!ReplyDelete
Oooooow.... Looks like I need to put this on my ride calendar, too. !!!!!ReplyDelete
Woo hoo! Yes, I agree with Karen, that toon needs to be on a t-shirt (hint hint!!!) we could all wear at the awards ceremony! :)ReplyDelete
it is sooooo cool there, swimming pool, steak house, trails to walk and ride on, fun fun place.ReplyDelete