Day 2. Today we'll ride trails C310/C312 to find a geocache. Then down C300 to Pickett Creek trail C400 to find another cache. After that we wing it, view the maps, and head back towards camp...the long way (on purpose). End up riding trails C200, C100, C510, and finish again on C200 before making it back for some well deserved rest. Long hot day of riding.
As is usual, I wake up about 2-3 hours before my wife. While waiting for here to wake up, I usually take a short hike around the area of camp.
Right at camp is this corral. I believe it was once used as a "branding corral" for livestock. I think this because of the upright wood posts spaced close together, thus not allowing the animals to slip out. Of course this is just a guess as I only dream about being a cowboy and am not one in real life!
Everyone is finally awake and we take off for a good long hard day of riding. My wife loves maps. Here she is trying to find out where we're at.
My guess is trails C310/C312. But hey, what do I know? I'm only the cameraman!
I've got the GPS!
Moving right along... In the part I video above, I got stuck on a steep and loose gravel incline. Wife makes it up in 4wd on the atv, but I end up side hilling it to the nearby ridge and am able to reconnect to the trail. If it had been a hard pack trail, I'd have made it up this short section of trail no problem.
Anyway, we've just come down this little gem of a hill. It's steeper, longer, and every bit as gravelly loose as the one I didn't make it up earlier. I ain't gonna make it back up this thing. Luckily, we connect to trail C300 at the bottom here and will take it after reaching the cache we're after.
Cache successfully found
Georgie helped look for the cache too!
After locating the cache, we head back to the junction with C300. By the way, most of these signs were bent over, either by wind, heat melting the plastic or both. We propped the trail signs up with rocks when we could. Won't last, but hey, we tried! In the distance you can see the canyon rim of the Snake River. It's not as close as the camera makes it out to be.
Photo of Quicksilver Mtn. after we've descended down C300 quite a ways on our way to Pickett Creek.
Our destination up Pickett Creek is the geocache at the old cabin site on trail C400. Well, we were stopped short. In the video (part I), you can see we were stopped by a gate, which was marked private property (orange paint)! This sucks! We were about 1/4 mile from the cache and cabin site. We could see an ATV track had recently gone through this gate, but we respect the wishes of the property owner. Still sucked we couldn't go on though!
Lots of video of the ride up and back, but here's one of a mud hole I thought for sure I'd get stuck in. Didn't here, but I did have trouble in another creek crossing further upstream when heading back out! Video below depicts this part of the ride very well. Tons and tons of creek crossings!
After departing Pickett Creek, we decide to sort of head back riding trail C200. Here's a couple photo's of the Quicksilver-Turntable Owyhee Mtn range taken from C200.
After a diversion on trails C100/C510 (see part II video), we're back on C200 and take a photo up Brown's Creek.
I did make my wife upset when we were on Pickett Creek. We made up, and she's now enjoying the ride on C200 again. (note to self, when asked how much farther it is to the cabin while traversing a very very difficult creek crossing, do not say "I have know idea" with maybe not the nicest of tones! It doesn't go over very well...trust me).
After a long day, we finally make it back to camp and relax for the rest of the evening.
Toy Pass-Pickett Creek Part II