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Our plan for the day is to ride and see Coffee Pot Crater at Jordan Craters, Hole in the Ground Ranch along the Owyhee River, and a stone corral somewhere near Jordan Craters on our return. We would see much more in-between!

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Google of Jordan Craters Lava flow. About 26-27 square miles according to the www


Some of the flow below Coffee Pot Crater


Coffee Pot Crater. Hard to see but there is a path leading to the bottom.


The riders at the crater


Collapsed air pocket. Pictures make things look small






More lava flow away from the crater


We then bomb across some rolling desert sagebrush towards our next destination.

Starting our descent into Hole in the Ground Ranch. About a 1,500 foot descent from the canyon rim to the ranch.


Owyhee River


Rest stop next to the river




Petroglyphs. The reason we stopped.


While rather remote, Hole in the Ground area see's it's fair share of recreationalists, hunters, M/C & ATV riders, and rafters. I hope they appreciate the ancient artwork and don't vandalize things.


We make up our own story from some of the petroglyphs. I'm sure we're not right on all of it!


We proceed to the Hole in the Ground Ranch.


We're the only one's here today and it's very peaceful at the ranch along the Owyhee River. BLM now owns the place.


What we see are two houses. One older than the other. (Courtesy Bill Crowell website:Ranching began in 1901 when Riley Horn was granted a homestead patent for 160 acres;)


(Courtesy Bill Crowell: The Hole in the Ground Ranch was acquired in 1917 by John Kiernan of Portland for $51,000 and then by Frank Davis of Ontario in 1919 for $26,000.Davis and his second wife Leroa Blanton Davis resided there in a board and batten house into the 1930s, when he sold the ranch to son, S(cott). Conley Davis and his wife, Stacia Hall Davis for $10,000.)

Frank Davis




Well, we weren't all alone!


to be continued
 

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In 1944, the Davises sold the ranch to H.T. Morcom, who later sold/gave to his son in 1962 Jean Morcom.


(Courtesy Bill Crowell: The Morcom family kept the ranch until 1972. Subsequent owners were the Cutler brothers, who raised cattle, and Marty Rust, who bought the place in 1980, planning to convert it into a dude ranch. In 1985, a large fire destroyed most of the ranch buildings. The remaining buildings give little sense of the size of the original complex, and the cottonwood trees shown behind Conley in the above picture are completely gone. The BLM bought the ranch in 1993, and it is now part of the Lower Owyhee Canyon WSA.)


Most of the ranches had water wheels to lift water out of the river to irrigate the land. This ranch had a canal system from a rock dam upstream.


According to research listed on Bill Crowells website, almost all of the ranches along the Owyhee River were moonshiners during prohibition, including this ranch.

The "new house" had sidewalks, couple nice fireplaces, and apparently electricity. There was a light bulb in the bathroom and a hot water heater. I'm guessing all run by a generator but could have been a propane hot water heater.


Root Cellar? It's a long road down here though and they didn't make many trips to town. In the early 1900's ranchers would only go to down in their wagons once or twice a year.


Wood bridge across what used to be the canal on the old main entrance to the ranch


This was a nice place once upon a time. When the Morcom's sold the place they moved to California and had a citrus ranch.


New house left, old house right.


Great view




We then ride upstream a ways. Some of the trail we now ride was in the old canal


We encounter minor turbulence


Mrs. Admiral stops for some photography


Across the river is Rinehart Falls. Rinehart Ranch is above the canyon rim


The road dead ends at the irrigation head gate. This is where the rock dam was located. The old dam serves as a rapids for rafters now days.


Heading back along the river from the head gate towards the ranch




End of Part I



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Well all I can say is "Wow" too.... what a great ride report. That terrain is so different from here but would love to explore places like that. Thanks so much for taking the time to snap and post those pictures. We are having a rain / wind storm here on the north coast so our bike rides are over for a few months sad as it is. Rain, wind, cold is here till end of March now so its always good to see where other TW owners take thier bikes!
 

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Once out of the Hole in the Ground Canyon we head south to just take in some views. We have no other planned places to see outside of the stone corral close to the truck.

Owyhee River Canyon Rim can be seen in the distance. From here we turn right just following a 2 track.


And what a surprise we had in store for us. Jackson Hole which I found off the map when we returned.


Told you I was speechless


Are to top this place but we try. Again, didn't plan on it, but the road I was taking to the stone corral brought us on the edge of the lava flow from Coffee Pot Crater


Pretty Awesome


After riding around the edge of the lava flow we find the stone corral I'd been looking for (BTW-I hit a rock very hard with my left Footpeg jolting my back, elbow, and shoulder. Thought it was the skid plate until I tried to put my foot back onto the peg.)


A lot more work went into building these stone walls (thinking manual labor here-yuck) but they did a pretty good job


And that pretty much wraps up our trip.


We depart Hole in the Ground and ride over to an overlook above Jackson Hole. Gotta get here now as the bunny huggers may get their way and the area possibly becoming off limits and seldom ever seen from this vantage. We then head back east and ride around the Jordan Crater Lava flow. Cool!

As a bonus about 6 Antelope run across the road in front of me as we head back. Awesome eh?

You are now free to ride about the country. Carry on!
 

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It was an absolutely beautiful day to ride AND we made it back to the truck before dark! (This is not always the case)

The Admiral gets to pick the places we ride (I've only veto'd his ideas a couple times). Normally I'm just there to make sure he either comes home alive or in a coffin (depending on my mood), luckily for him he hasn't pissed me off enough to want him in a coffin.....yet. giggle

The info on Jordan Craters was interesting with the lava flow estimated to be between 4,000 and 9,000 years old, but there is an 18 acre flow within the field that is thought to be less than 100 years old.. that's crazy to think my Grandpa was alive when there was active lava flow in the area.
 

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Well all I can say is "Wow" too.... what a great ride report. That terrain is so different from here but would love to explore places like that. Thanks so much for taking the time to snap and post those pictures. We are having a rain / wind storm here on the north coast so our bike rides are over for a few months sad as it is. Rain, wind, cold is here till end of March now so its always good to see where other TW owners take thier bikes!
When I lived down the coast in Tacoma, Wa, I hated the winter rains. Not sure if the same as where you live but it seems yucky from September to April. Kind of lucky with a much longer riding season here. Rides like Hole in the Ground Ranch are wonderful in spring and fall so we took advantage of it. Glad you enjoy Mrs. Admirals picture taking!:D
 

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The Pacific Northwest. Best riding on the planet, and you two know how to use it. Many thanks.

Yes, we are so very fortunate up here. We hope to ride over on that side of the state one day...in the summer!:p
 

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I sure am proud of that little miss Lori!! :D
Yeah, I made a comment to Mrs. Admiral last week that a year ago we were riding to supper at 25 mph. Now she's riding up and down rock infested roads...faster than me!:rolleyes:
 

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Petroglyphs. The reason we stopped.


In this 1st one; that is not a bird. It is a warning from the ancients to you to keep a look out for the Oregon Air Patrol.

And this next one is give directions to the bathroom. You can see the guys knees are bent, squatting down; and his pants are around his ankles!




As to hitting the rock and hurting everywhere; it's nice to know that now; Lori could actually ride both bikes out if needed - and then when she got home: she could decide whether or not to send somebody out to bring you home too..... :O
 

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Really nicely done, three cheers for Senior and Señora Admiral.
Surprised at the relatively high water level in the Owyhee River for October. Recent rains or is this normal?
 

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Petroglyphs. The reason we stopped.


In this 1st one; that is not a bird. It is a warning from the ancients to you to keep a look out for the Oregon Air Patrol.

And this next one is give directions to the bathroom. You can see the guys knees are bent, squatting down; and his pants are around his ankles!




As to hitting the rock and hurting everywhere; it's nice to know that now; Lori could actually ride both bikes out if needed - and then when she got home: she could decide whether or not to send somebody out to bring you home too..... :O
Ha, we mentioned to each other about the guys big looking bottom! Too Funny!
 

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Very nice ride report. I want to come ride with you guys. Do you fish? I would have had a line in that river.
 

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Really nicely done, three cheers for Senior and Señora Admiral.
Surprised at the relatively high water level in the Owyhee River for October. Recent rains or is this normal?
It has been wetter here over the past week or so. I bet the Owyhee Mtns. (South Mtn. & Juniper Mtn.) across the border in Idaho have seen much more rain than we down in the valley. Rain from those mountains is a major source of water which feeds the Bruneau and Owyhee River tributaries.

Having said this, the actual river ford is upstream from this stop near this set of petroglyphs (there are others all along the river) near the ranch. It was much shallower there and there is a trail or two on the other side. I don't know if they are actually open because the whole area is a Wilderness Study Area (WSA) and some trails have been closed. If they are closed, the signs would most likely be on the top of the rim and not down by the river, so you could stray. However, a lot of trails are open as well so it could be. From what I saw of the river, I think I would have crossed.

This time of year there is not enough water for rafters, kayakers, or canoes as the rapids are way too shallow. This is consistent with what I saw. During the spring and early summer when the river is running high enough, many of these water recreationists camp along the shores of these old river ranches.

One more petroglyph photo I forgot to post. These were a little harder to make out as the markings were on top of the rocks instead of the side. Lots of "dots" which of course don't make sense to us non-petroglyphologists!
 

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Very nice ride report. I want to come ride with you guys. Do you fish? I would have had a line in that river.
Love to have others ride with us but this time of the year with the questionable weather we make some last minutes decisions to go or not go which wouldn't bode well for anyone traveling a great distance. Heck, even the locals would have to be on "ready alert" to go with our last me go plans.

At one point "late" last week we were still planning on camping the weekend. Then we changed it to a day ride. Then switched the day we were riding. Yeah, good weather we're a little more solid with our plans!:p We planned to ride Saturday but Channel 7's Idaho Chief Meteorologist promising warmer temperatures for Sunday, we went Sunday instead.

As it happens I don't much care to fish, so... A few years back when we rode to Crutcher Crossing way upstream in Idaho, we had lunch next to the river. We saw several fish frolicking in the shallow water. Georgie was intently watching the fun but wisely stayed out of the water. It was spring and the water level was higher. I did a google search and it looks like fly fishing for Brown & Rainbow Trout are the species of choice. My luck, it would be a sucker fish on my line!:D
 

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Had friends from Bend talk about that area for riding, they also mentioned to keep a good eye out for rattlers. I've rode the Alvord area but haven't made it to that area yet, it's on the list. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Pretty cool. I got out my map and had a look!
 
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