Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Garns Mountain

Garns Mountain
Teton Basin Ranger District
Big Hole Mountain Range
Motorcycle Four Wheeler

Garns Mountain is the second tallest mountain in the big holes
(elv 9016 ) It is just a few feet shorter than Piney Peek. From the top you have a clear 360 degree view.

Their are many different ways to get to the top of Garns. Some of these ways are easier than others. You can make it to the Garns Mountain Trail Head from Victor, Driggs, Pine Creek Pass, Moody Meadows or Black canyon Just to name a few. Some of these trails i have just mentioned are four wheeler and some our single track. The trail to the top on both sides of the mountain is a four wheeler trail and the trail from Victor or Driggs is easier than from the Idaho Falls side. It is the Trails that meet up with the garns trail that can be single track. So if you are riding a four wheeler ck your map to make sure your trail does not run out on you before you get to were you want to be.

Tonights ride was a great ride. This was my first trip up garns in two years. I tried last year many many times but for many different reasons i never made it to the top. So to say the least i was way happy. The trail we took this night is one of my favorites it's all four wheeler and it goes by Castle Lake. Witch is a nice place to stop and rest. On this ride when we got to the lake their was big moose just hanging out in the lake cooling off he seemed to care less that we were their. So we sat and watched him for a while then decided we needed to get a move on. We parked down by Kellys and road from their to do this ride you must have some time. we left the truck around 5 oclock and got back way after dark. The sun was still way high in the sky when we left the top of garns. we road back as fast as we could with no stops and it was pitch black when we made it back to the truck. Ha ha ha ha ha it was a great ride. Well i don't have my map with me this morning so i can not provide trail names and numbers at this point i will come back and add them to the post in a day or two. Garns is much closer to Driggs and Victor than Idaho Falls the towns you see in the pictures are. The town below the Grand Tetons is Driggs the other Town you see in the pictures is Victor. They are eight miles apart to drive between them but from up here they look almost like one town.


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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Stoddard Creek Day 2

Porcupine Pass, Lone Pine Pass and look out Point
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Dubois Ranger District

So on day 2 we road another big loop. This place is like night and day on the west side of
I 15 were we road on day one their are lots of rocks and high desert plains. On the east side of
I 15 it's green lush forest with a big creek and Smooth trails.

We left Stoddard Creek Camp and had a long road ride east going under I 15. The road makes it way threw the valley for what seemed like for ever but soon enough you make it to the top of porcupine pass and then from their it's just a short ride to the lone pine pass trail head.
From the top of Lone Pine you can go 2 different ways we went both. To get the look out mountain top you must turn east at the top of lone pine pass from their it is a short fun ride to the top or if you go straight over the top ( the way we road out ) you drop down Three mile canyon and if your not paying attention you will end up on the main road back to Spencer before you realize that you missed your trail head back to Stoddard Creek threw the mountains. It's no big deal if you miss the trail head it's just an easy easy road ride back to camp if you do i don't have my map with me and i for got the name of the next trail head oops. i know that it spits you out in dairy canyon. Dairy canyon is the first canyon you ride PAST on your way up to Porcupine Pass so you are really close to camp when you are finished with this looop.

About the Trails and the View. So I'm sure you know by now that if you camp at Stoddard and want to do this loop their is going to be some road riding. But thats o.k Because the view from the top of look out is unreal one of my favorite i think. you can see south in to the whole south east Idaho valley and the view of The Grand Tetons is one of the best i have ever seen. Best of all these trails are all four wheeler trails and kept in some of the best shape I've ever seen for mountain trails. I can not say it enough how much difference their is between these two sides of I 15 the west side is steep and rocky with desert views and a killer ridge line trail. The east side is butter it's so smooth and easy and full of trees.
So in short this is a great place for just about any level of rider.


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