10 Mile Creek, Garden Valley and Round Valley

Here are a few pics from my Memorial Day weekend ride from Rocky Canyon to 10 Mile Creek to Garden Valley to Round Valley. We were the first ones to make it all the way over road 670 in 2014, as evidenced by the previously untouched snowpack in several places on the ridge. Total ride: […]

Lolo Motorway Happy Trails Rally

Originally published in the Boise Weekly: Tackling the Lolo Motorway A motorcycle haven in North Idaho by Andrew Mentzer The Lolo Motorway provides the adventurous with access to countless mountain lakes and viewpoints. From Boise, head north on Highway 55 through McCall. Continue on Highway 95 to Grangeville. Turn right toward the Harpster Grade and […]

Big Nasty Hill Climb

Originally published in the Boise Weekly:Photo courtesy of bignastyhillclimb.com. Aptly named, the Big Nasty Hill Climb returned to Pence Ranch near New Plymouth, Idaho Sept. 16-18 for its ninth iteration. For the uninitiated, here’s a Big Nasty Hill Climb primer: competitors navigate high-powered dirt bikes—many with custom modifications—up a very steep, rocky, rutted-out hillside. Those […]

Magruder Corridor

Originally published in the Boise Weekly: Carved perfectly between the Main Salmon and Middle Fork of the Clearwater rivers is the Magruder Corridor Road–named for Lloyd Magruder, whose 1863 pack train fell to mutiny when Magruder’s hired hands robbed and murdered him along the trail. The corridor sits between the Selway-Bitterroot National Forest to the […]

Deadwood Reservoir and Scott Mountain

Originally published in the Boise Weekly: In previous Motojournals, I have explored Warren, Placerville, Garden Valley and Round Valley. Deadwood Reservoir is the final piece of this region’s puzzle—and a mighty fine piece it is. Nestled high up in the Boise National Forest, Deadwood offers recreationists everything imaginable and just a few hours from Boise: […]

Idaho Trail Database

Originally published in the Boise Weekly: Idaho has more than 30,000 miles of dirt and two-track roads, which makes it hard to imagine a single resource that is a key to them all. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation met that challenge by creating one of the most comprehensive online trail and road databases […]

Warren, Idaho

Originally published in the Boise Weekly: It doesn’t get much further off the beaten path than Warren, Idaho. As you enter this rustic mining relic, signage stating “Since 1862” informs you that this place has been around for a very long time. Warren was originally settled as a gold mining town. It still boasts an […]