South to Jarbidge to the Start


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September 21st 2021
Published: September 23rd 2021
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The Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route starts in Jarbidge, Nevada, a few miles south of the state line. Don't ask me why we have to drive 170 mi South from Board to get there. I think the route designers wanted to showcase the high desert. So that when you finally reach the mountains you are overjoyed. The drive down was a lot of fun. We did the long stretch South on high speed black top. Then we headed East to our destination on gravel, crossing a series of streams and canyons. The water seems to run South to North here, ending up in the Snake River. Crossing these water courses was interesting, until we reached the final drop off the plateau down to Jarbidge. The road down the side of the cliff had a big Road Closed sign, so I tried an alternate track along the top of the ridge, which went nowhere for an hour. So back and down through the Road Closed section. Ugh. Big rocks on the track, and a drop off the side. I was almost down when I got to a very tight hairpin band and went down. No harm done. I was going very slowly, and
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And the Creeks, too Jarbidge
the bike can take the punishment. Used my trusty snowmobile one person jack to get vertical again, and carry on down.

The town, population 120 in summer, 40 in winter, is an old gold mining town, which boomed in 1910. At present it seems to live from tourism and the recent arrival of an Australian mining firm that promises to revitalize extraction. I saw the camps and helicopter landing pad, but little activity. The Jarbidge River is famous for trout fishing, but it was running very low when I visited. Great hotel and the best stocked bar I have seen in a small town.

Spent the evening at the bar and met a few of the permanent residents. Lots of stories and a great meal.


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