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kootenaycat
06-27-2007, 10:41 PM
Zukkin came out from Alberta for a weekend of quadding, lucked out and had good weather both days. Could of used a bit more sun, but at least the rain held off! :)

Saturday we went up the C&W Railbed, haven't been up there in a while. A good place to take my little one and scenic route along the Lower Arrow Lake.

First of 3 trestles
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Syringa Provincial Park campground
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Cool old culvert running under the railbed.
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And lots of nice rock work all along the grade. Amazing what they did over 100 years ago. The railbed runs from Castlegar to Christina Lake and it was started in 1898 and finished 2 years later.

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Made it down to the Lake a few miles before the Bulldog tunnel. Community of Deer Park across the lake.
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Another view of Deer Park, this one high above on the railbed
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Parked just outside the 1km long Bulldog tunnel
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The Bulldog tunnel was finished around 1900 and before it was done the steam engines pulled 1 or 2 cars at a time up a series of switchbacks on one side and down the other.
Pretty cool inside the tunnel, that speck of light in the middle is the far entrance
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Rick coming through the tunnel
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About 2 miles past the tunnel there is the original Lookout road that crosses the railbed. We dropped down to Dog Creek to check out the bridge. Still ride-able!
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Almost time to get her own quad!
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Saw this grouse on the way back to the trucks. Must have had young ones close by, it was almost getting agressive. Didn't run or fly away like they usually do when you stop. I could almost touch it a few times.
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Sunday Rick and I headed up behind my house to Beaver mountain. Got to ride the ridge and dropped down to the Pend D'Oreille valley where the local atv club was hosting its first ATV poker run. Lots of riders, we were happy to not be part of the ride as it was really dusty.

Archibald creek, the starting point for the quads.

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Lots of cool little quad trails to follow up there. This one leads to an old trappers cabin.
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Stopped for lunch at the old club snowmobile cabin
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Then we followed an old mining trail up to the ridge. Hard to believe we were up here snowmobiling just a few months ago on 6-7' of snow!
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The ridge trail leads to the old Shaw repeater building, this time the snow blocking the road 2 weeks ago was melted enough to get the quads on top
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The ridge trail leads on past the building up to the old fire lookout site.
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View from the top of Beaver mountain at 6400'
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After dropping off the top of the ridge we finally found the right road into the Pend D'Oreille valley. This substation is not far from the 7 mile dam and generating staion, one of many in the area
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Rick coming down from a cabin on the old Dewdney trail.
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jeeper
06-27-2007, 10:44 PM
Incredible pics as always !


Your gonna have to watch out for your daughter -Her face looks like it has a permanent smile :) Looks like she was havin a grand time out with Daddy !

TWOZEROFOUR
06-27-2007, 10:48 PM
been a while since we got a good post from ya, Excellent pic's.... Can't wait to live out there... Amazing views love the Kootneys!!!

Mud Slinging Dumb Fawker
06-27-2007, 10:50 PM
sweeet pics[36] [36] [36] [36] [36]

Taxidermy
06-27-2007, 11:06 PM
sweet pics [cheers]

Mukaluk
06-28-2007, 12:12 AM
I always love looking at your pictures Kootenaycat! You go to the most intresting places!!!

Those tunnels remind me of the Othello Tunnels in Hope... have you ever seen those? I don't think you can drive your quad through them but they're still awesome to walk through!

Again... amazing pictures!

Truckstuff
06-28-2007, 04:39 AM
[36] Excellent, as always....

nykoma
06-28-2007, 04:55 AM
great picture there kevin[cheers]

Burge
06-28-2007, 05:27 AM
once again you made me want to take the quad out insead of going to work!

gavman
06-28-2007, 06:32 AM
Great pics there, almost on the trip with you seeing those pics.
Makes me wanna get a quad even more...

F150HULK
06-28-2007, 06:38 AM
Nice ride! great pics!

Fuzzydog
06-28-2007, 06:49 AM
Once again you've made me homesick. I recognize all those places. Used to take my motorcycle up the C&W railbed, (before it was a 'railbed' and was still a 'railway', back when they still ran trains on it :eek: - I used to work for CPR at the time so I knew when trains were scheduled.

Also been up Beaver Mtn and all through the Pend O'reille valley.

Thanks for sharing your trips.

northernman
06-28-2007, 06:50 AM
drama Awsome job good story.[iagree]

redman
06-28-2007, 07:40 AM
sweet pics an area that i would like to explore some day

Jeepnut
06-28-2007, 08:31 AM
That part of the KVR is a nice ride Ive made it just a little pass the paulson bridge[not sure if thats how you sell it??] Are all the trussels fenced now Kev?????

Flashless
06-28-2007, 08:59 AM
what great shots!!
beautiful area!

kootenaycat
06-28-2007, 10:51 PM
That part of the KVR is a nice ride Ive made it just a little pass the paulson bridge[not sure if thats how you sell it??] Are all the trussels fenced now Kev?????

All of the tressels are fenced and the ties have been covered with planking, took all the fun out of riding over them! :D

I liked them better when they were like this.

Hammbone
06-28-2007, 11:12 PM
looks like a cool trip
I'm jealous

yota90ca
06-29-2007, 08:46 AM
Man that just makes me want to take my quad out and go places. I have been thinking of doing the rail grade from castlegar to Christina lake. The girl friend wants to do it on the bikes, but i think i can convince her that we should use the quad.

Dirty Girls
06-29-2007, 08:50 AM
That looks like a wicked time I really like the scenery pictures!

Zukbuilder
06-29-2007, 02:02 PM
Beauty Pics.

[cheers]

lizard
06-29-2007, 04:44 PM
we still cant get to higher alt's because of snowpack still hanging around

kootenaycat
06-29-2007, 08:58 PM
we still cant get to higher alt's because of snowpack still hanging around

It's been really weird here in the Kootenays, if we go north of Nelson the snowpack is still there, couldn't get above 5200' in the shade 2 weeks ago up Lemon creek. Last weekend we were at 6400' above Fruitvale and a buddy who was south/east of Nelson hit 7300'. There is a distinct border where the snowpack really lessened the more south you went. At least you guys won't have to worry about water restrictions this year! :D

kootenaycat
06-29-2007, 09:02 PM
Man that just makes me want to take my quad out and go places. I have been thinking of doing the rail grade from castlegar to Christina lake. The girl friend wants to do it on the bikes, but i think i can convince her that we should use the quad.

If you want to make it all the way to Christina Lake you better take the bicycles. There was a huge slide that took out the railbed around Coryell, about 15km or so this side of Christina lake. Bikers fixed it but it's so narrow you have to walk a bike through. A buddy has seen it and no chance of making it wide enough for a quad, the bottom just dropped out of it and cut down to bedrock. :( That side of the railbed is always dry/dusty and hot anyways.

If you head up there on quads, let me know and I can give you some directions to a few great trails accessed from the railgrade.
rks442@hotmail.com

lizard
06-30-2007, 09:49 AM
wrong.........

water restrictions are on now..... go figure?

kootenaycat
06-30-2007, 11:49 PM
? Government.go fuck yourself

highwaystar
06-30-2007, 11:56 PM
great pics.