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kootenaycat
04-19-2008, 12:13 PM
Took the day off work Friday and decided to take the quad out for a ride. Headed to Fort Sheppard to check out the powerlines and couple of old pack trails.

This is right across the river from where I work and we watch the bikes hill climbing here all the time. A lot steeper and looser then it looks.
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Trail that leads down to the river. Wanted to try it but was out alone. I watched a quad and 2 bikes get stuck half way up here last year, lots of pushing. :eek:
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Work. Suckers! :D
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Lots of sandy play areas under the powerlines.
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Columbia river and road leading down to Fort Sheppard.
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A big hill climb that is now closed down due to the wildlife conservancy. Don't see many tracks going up and over the top.
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Conservancy boundary. Gotta stick to the existing roads and powerline access roads inside the boundary.
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Gasline trail
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Another spot closed down. Not sure exactly the reasoning behind this. When the river comes back up it wipes out all signs of tracks in the mud. And it's mostly sand right now, been dry for several months. :dontknow:
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Heading out to the flats. There is a large population of deer that live here in the winter
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Checking out an old trail

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Turns out the water was a bit deeper then it looked. And a really soft bottom too! Had it in pinned in difflock/low range and I just made it out!
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Came to a bunch of snow and decided to turn around before I was stuck, no shovel and no cell service out here!

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Waneta dam just above the USA/Canada border.
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Found the old Dewdney trail. It was built in the late 1800's and was the only mode of transportation east/west in the mining days
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Didn't feel trying out the winch, again alone, so will have to come back another day to see where the trail comes out.
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This is about as close to the border as you can drive. Still about a 1/4 km away.
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Osprey nest
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Saw this from across the river, looked like a mine, so on the way home I had to check it out.
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It was an old mine, more like some workings. Only went in maybe 8'.
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Fort Sheppard flats. In the late 1800's, early 1900's it was a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company.
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Steep hillclimb near the gasline. Didn't even bother attempting this one!
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More play areas near the entrance, lots of bikes use this area.
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Didn't climb any of these, too soft and steep, but I did come down this one.
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kwast
04-19-2008, 12:50 PM
Nice pics, looks like a nice place to play!

crazylike
04-19-2008, 12:57 PM
Brings back memories. if you follow that trail for awhile its supposed to lead to a ghost town. a few small buildings that are mostly rotten and fallen down.

factor
04-19-2008, 04:09 PM
great pics

dirka dave
04-19-2008, 04:54 PM
Awsome pictures !!![36]

Great story....

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Zibi
04-19-2008, 05:04 PM
Great stuff, guess it's a good thing you went yesterday though since it fucking snowed again this morning.

I'm hoping to do a short ride up Kidd Creek in Kitchener tomorrow with the grandfather

AbF250
04-19-2008, 05:25 PM
that sand looks like it would be alot of fun to play in!![36]

kootenaycat
04-19-2008, 07:07 PM
that sand looks like it would be alot of fun to play in!![36]

You Alberta boys would have a blast there!

Crazylike, where did you hear of the ghosttown? Only history of a settlement is near the river down on the flats of Fort Sheppard. The Dewdney trail was just a pack trail, we've been on parts of it east and west of here but I guess it would have passed farms and such.

Taxidermy
04-19-2008, 09:35 PM
awesome pics

Throttle
04-19-2008, 11:24 PM
Awesome pics!

nykoma
04-20-2008, 06:00 AM
great pictures there Kevin , i foregot i had breaky on and burn't it [9] [9] [9]

FINGERS
04-20-2008, 07:22 AM
nice shots ,thats a real beautiful area

highwaystar
04-20-2008, 08:00 AM
sweet time! [36]

Dirtybert
04-20-2008, 08:42 AM
very interesting thread, love the pics thanks kootenaycat

strokenit
04-20-2008, 08:52 AM
Nice, looks like it beat the shit out of working.

luke
04-20-2008, 12:26 PM
cool lookin place

BCHunter
04-20-2008, 04:43 PM
great pics and info!

showoff
04-20-2008, 07:11 PM
I shot one of my first bucks on that powerline and that sandy hill in the last pick take you to the power lines again right. I drove up that with my pick up. steep climb. great pics

Trouble
04-20-2008, 07:17 PM
Wow cool adventure.. I love the fact you know so much about the history of the trails and area!! I thouroghly enjoyed this thread!! Thanks :)

kootenaycat
04-20-2008, 11:22 PM
I shot one of my first bucks on that powerline and that sandy hill in the last pick take you to the power lines again right. I drove up that with my pick up. steep climb. great pics

I'd like to see pics of that! That hill is steep and loose! I think my Grizz might make it up, but with a good run, pinned and locked. If you didn't make it though.........:eek:

TWOZEROFOUR
04-21-2008, 12:15 AM
looks good,, thats across the river from trail?

Fuzzydog
04-21-2008, 10:58 AM
Holy mother of all flashbacks, Batman! Thanks Kootenaycat, that really brings me back. That's my old stomping grounds from many years ago and I still recognize some of the spots. That big sand bar that is 'closed' - how ridiculous, eh? Like you said the water comes up and washes it all away every year anyway! We used to camp out there (ok, truth be told we would party all night and eventually pass out, out there) and one time the water was just about 1 foot over that sandbar and we had a morning game of football out there. That foot of water made it a whole lot tougher to run in and a whole lot more fun. Somewhere just past the site where the fort used to be you can get onto a powerline road that goes all the way up to Rossland. When I lived there it was not maintained very much and was a really challenging route.
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showoff
04-21-2008, 08:38 PM
next time i'm in trail i'll show you . My buddys dad does it in his stock jimmy ,but then again he's about 70years old and doesn't really care how he gets things done lol.hill not that bad. gets kinda of narrow at the top but that dick all

kootenaycat
04-21-2008, 11:29 PM
next time i'm in trail i'll show you . My buddys dad does it in his stock jimmy ,but then again he's about 70years old and doesn't really care how he gets things done lol.hill not that bad. gets kinda of narrow at the top but that dick all

I'd have no trouble trying it in my stock Chevy, I confident it would make it, but on my quad if it gets squirrelly, it would roll a lot of times on the way back down! :eek: At least in the truck if you don't make it, you can usually keep it straight.

And 204, yah it's down the river from Trail, but technically still on the same side (as downtown and Cominco). :cool: