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This past weekend, my wife and I decided to go back to Owyhee County, in extreme SW Idaho, as a follow up to our earlier in the months ride Juniper Mtn. We wanted to do more exploring of the area before the heat of summer sets in.



Day 1:



Our plan for the day after departing camp, was to head south on Juniper Mtn, veer SE towards Red Canyon, head west to Bull Basin Camp and south towards Crutcher's Crossing. Problem was, when we got to Bull Basin Camp, there was a no trespassing sign posted on the fence, which we thought we had to go through in order to head south. We scratched our heads for a while and decided to keep heading west towards the C Ranch and see if there was another access road to the crossing. Well, we didn't find one, and with the day getting long, we decided to head back to camp and study the maps/gps and try and figure a way to the crossing. Of, course we still had some adventuring to accomplish before camp.



Our weekends routes





After passing Juniper Mtn, something caught my eye. At first I thought it was a mine, but turned out to be some kind of dugout and not a mine

entrance





What ever this place was, (guessing a cowboy camp) it was still neat





Old corral









As we headed south near Rough Mtn., we came to a crossroads. Actually, the BLM has marked these old jeep trails really well.

We would run into signs like this at almost every intersection





On to Red Canyon and Bull Basin. Through the natural gap in the distance is the Owyhee River Canyon. Took 2 days, but

we eventually made it





My wife and Jessie Dog as we head west towards Red Canyon





With the area being so remote, we can just park on the jeep trail for lunch without worrying about blocking the trail.





Beautiful view of Owyhee River Canyon from our lunch spot.





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Day 1 continued:



Continuing west after lunch towards Bull Basin, we dip down into Red Canyon. Really pretty this time of year





Of course we've been geocaching along the way. Here is one after we left Red Canyon. Georgie trying to keep cool in the shade of the tree





Peter Creek. Not as deep of a descent as Red Canyon, but still pretty





From here we made it to Bull Basin Camp where we couldn't decide if we were allowed to go through the private property. So, at the time we decided

to keep heading west and eventually ended up at the C Ranch (no photo's).



At this point weren't not lost lost, but we do end up on a dead end spur and had to double back before taking a different trail back towards the east.

So after a few hours of riding in the middle of some Juniper tree's, we come to another marked intersection. Well, wife said it was only 5:30 so we

headed to the Middle Fork of the Owyhee River









As the wife approaches the river, Georgie guides her into were I parked





Jessie Dog takes a little break in the water to cool off.





So does Georgie and my wife





Here is the Middle Fork of the Owyhee River. I bet it's close to bone dry during the heat of the summer. Not to deep at the

end of May





Neat rock formations in these canyon's





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Just outstanding! I'm so jealous of you folks in the west. You find some amazing places to ride, Thanks for the pic's.
 

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Middle Fork Owyhee River continued



and another rock formation. Very pretty spot if you want to cowboy camp. Ain't getting no 5th wheel camper down here!!





Well, after stopping here for a while, we called it a day and headed back to camp.



Next morning, the lovely couple is ready to head off and make it to Crutcher's Crossing. (Note the darkening clouds)





Today we take the direct route south over Juniper Mtn, past Bull Basin Camp and start our descent into Crutcher's Crossing.

After some lengthy discussion, we decided we could pass through the no trespassing area as long as we stayed on the road.

The road to Crutcher's Crossing is a corridor road through the wilderness area, so we had to be allowed...right? I think we're ok





We have to be ok. In the far right of this photo is a SUV approaching from the crossing. We talked with them for a while, and they've been here before

and agreed that it's just fine to pass through Bull Basin Camp as long as we stay on the road





Another view of the canyon as we're getting closer





The river is in sight!!! And not to soon. I've already dropped the TW on the rocks while descending. I didn't fall and didn't notice any damage (Yet), so I kept

going. I was however thinking to myself how steep this is and how am I gonna get back up after dropping the TW already. Then I started to use my brain...

I have a dual sprocket setup with a 55T to get me out of trouble. Yeah, that's what I'll do, change to my trail sprocket. Hadn't needed it up to this point





Looking left, I can see the old grain bin near the homestead site. Not sure how or why they needed a grain bin down here. Must of been hard to get it here

but there is also no real place to grow crops! You can also see the road on the far side across the river (south).





And here we are at the old Crutcher's Crossing homestead site. Not much left of the old wood structure's which burned in the 2007 as a result of a large range fire started by

lightning. This homestead started by some cowboy/ranchers back in the 1880's to drive cattle across the river, and hold them up in the winter. Legend

also mentions that horse and cattle thief's used this spot as well.





You can't actually cross the river from the homestead site. Maybe once upon a time you could, but now you have to head down stream a few hundred

yards in order to actually cross the river. We didn't cross, but had our lunch along the banks down by the river. Great views of the canyon!!









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Crutcher's Crossing - down by the river...continued



Georgie spending a little time in the water cooling off. By the way, it wasn't really that warm and the clouds are starting to build





After lunch, I spent about 10 minutes changing to my 55T sprocket. What a great mod this has turned out to be. I give full

credit to mrgizmow and all the others which pioneered this dual sprocket setup





Well, as you can see by my wife's rain gear, that it started to rain on our way out. Hard rain with winds. Ended up raining all the way back

to camp. About 17-18 miles or so. And good and slow just to make sure I got good and wet!





Wife also carried all the dogs back out of Crutcher's Crossing. I was pretty nervous making it out of there on the TW and

didn't need a dog on the back distracting me. Ended up making it out just fine. TW tractored right on up the hill without skipping a beat.

My heart on the other hand...





Well folks, that just about wraps up this ride report. Just one thing of note though, after we got back to camp and unloaded our machine's, I noticed my metal

water bottle had a new shape to it. Apparently dropping your TW on the rock's, can cause some damage. Glad it was the water bottle and not the TW...or me!!

 

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You guys know how to live........................ (o; !!!! Those photos are great..... I didn't know you had two crazy bike riding dogs... Thanks for the trip report. OMM.
 

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That is a great report. I have been to some of that country but not as extensively as you two.



Your dual-sprocket system looks like it works great.



I am relegated to vicarious TW Adventures for the next 4 months. On 4-17-13 I had my right shoulder joint replaced and am required to mellow out on foot for at least 4 montha.



Happy Trails All



Ron in Boise
 

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This past weekend, my wife and I decided to go back to Owyhee County.......


Boy, talk about the "Back of Beyond" !!!!!




Did you see ANY humans besides those in the SUV?




What have you got in mind next? I'm really ready for some outback camping, wife's getting off the crutches soon, which means she can cook again.....




After two months, being head nurse 24 hours a day is getting real old....
 

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When did you pick up the high mounted fender? It looks good. And when did Jessie Dog join the family? That is some big, wide open country, and from the map it looks like you covered a lot of it. Beautiful pics of the rivers, canyons, and rock formations. Cool also to see you getting some good use from your dual sprocket mod. I suppose getting rained on is just part of spending time in the great outdoors. Isn't it funny how refreshing the water can be when it 's hot, and how unwelcome it can be when it's cool out? I love the smell of rain, though, and I love to watch thunderstorms. Another great ride with some great riding companions. I really enjoyed it, thanks for taking us along.
 

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Just outstanding! I'm so jealous of you folks in the west. You find some amazing places to ride, Thanks for the pic's.


I am grateful for the amount of public land available. And to the private land owners which let us pass through when we need too.
 

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Nice ride report. I sure would like to see Idaho sometime, especially if it was on my tw.


Lots of great places, that's for sure. More than I'll get to see in my lifetime...but I'm trying!




Wow what a great ride! When did you change the color of your bike?



Ronnydog


Sometime late winter. The other color was too white or too yellow, depending on the sun. I didn't re-paint the frame yet, but I'm gonna tear it back down this upcoming winter and re-paint it the same color.



You guys know how to live........................ (o; !!!! Those photos are great..... I didn't know you had two crazy bike riding dogs... Thanks for the trip report. OMM.


We borrowed Jessie Dog from my wife's parents! They were out of town on a wagon ride and we decided to take her along with us. Usually they leave her home, but we thought she needed some fresh air. She got tuckered out riding on the ATV all day. Ain't use to it like Georgie I guess!




That is a great report. I have been to some of that country but not as extensively as you two.



Your dual-sprocket system looks like it works great.



I am relegated to vicarious TW Adventures for the next 4 months. On 4-17-13 I had my right shoulder joint replaced and am required to mellow out on foot for at least 4 montha.



Happy Trails All



Ron in Boise


Hope the healing goes well. You're my single track tour guide. I now know why you changed your sprocket after you bought your TW. 55T sure does make a difference and is more pleasurable and easier to ride on the trails. Get well!



Did you see ANY humans besides those in the SUV?


Yes, but not as much as I would've expected on one of the "big holidays". First day we saw 4 ATV'ers within the first half hour and no one else the rest of the day. Day 2 we saw one other couple in a landcruiser on the ridge leading off Juniper Mtn towards Bull Basin. They weren't lost, but sure glad we were able to confirm they were going in the right direction to get back to the main road. They still had a ways to go:D



When did you pick up the high mounted fender? It looks good. And when did Jessie Dog join the family?


I put on the fender some time this winter. I do like the looks. Thanks to the Crutcher Crossing, I now have scratches on it:blink:. Jessie Dog is my wife's parents dog. We've taken her on a ride in the past, though I think it was a couple years ago, or maybe last year, can't remember. She needs to get out more!
 

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Crutcher's Crossing, I wonder if that were some of my ancestors that resided there? My last name is Crutcher.



Great pic's, If I ever get to ride up there, I'll have to give it a go just to say I've been there! m.
 

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Great pics! Dogs love quads and Tdubs....
 

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awesome trip! and for the first time i recall we see the admiral! georgie's always there, your lovely wife second.... but never the chief himself!
 

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Crutcher's Crossing, I wonder if that were some of my ancestors that resided there? My last name is Crutcher.



Great pic's, If I ever get to ride up there, I'll have to give it a go just to say I've been there! m.


Whenever I go to a "named" place like this, I try to find out a little background information to add to the story. After a brief internet search of Crutcher's Crossing, I got nothing. Got some history, just not how it got this name. I'm just not a good searchologist. No doubt it's named for someone from the Crutcher family tree. Just don't know which tree or branch!
 

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Great pics! Dogs love quads and Tdubs....


Yes they do, but have a funny story related to this ride. If you get to close to a tree branch along the trail, Jessie Dog will bite and hand on to a branch dragging her off the ATV. Jessie Dog did this a couple of time on this trip. Georgie is smarter than that, but does bail off at the first sign I might be tipping over!
 
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