IDBDR: 2023 Riding Season Route Updates
Updated March 21, 2023
Updated March 21, 2023
March 21st, 2023
Important Notice – Winter Snowfall may delay the 2023 riding season
The west has seen a record-breaking season of snowfall this winter which could impact the start to the riding season on many of our routes.
Section 6: The Blue Cabin
A sign has been posted at the blue cabin that use of this structure is prohibited between SEPT 1 and NOV 19.
Remember this is private property and the owners have asked that riders respect this and do not expect to stay there and plan your trip accordingly.
Sections 4 & 5: Expect riding challenges/construction delays – Lolo Motorway and Magruder Corridor:
USE CAUTION: Lolo Motorway and Magruder Corridor are currently more rutted, rocky, and washed out than normal from earlier rainfall and flooding.
The US Forest Service is beginning construction starting AUGUST 8th and delays are expected. We have heard reports that they may let motorcycles through any closures, but DO NOT count on this.
These sections are rugged and remote, and if you get halfway in and the trail is closed, you’ll need to ride all the way back out.
Always CARRY EXTRA FUEL if you don’t have full confidence you will be able to backtrack and reroute if required.
From the U.S. Forest Service: LINK HERE
Lolo Motorway #500: Work on the Motorway is currently scheduled from August 8 through October 30. Delays of four hours or more should be expected between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (PDT) Monday through Friday while crews replace culverts, improve drainage, complete full depth reclamation, and spot surface the road. Work will take place between the 500 Road’s junction with Pete’s Fork (FSR #104) and Saddle Camp (FSR #107). There will be no roadwork or delays over weekends. Saddle Camp to the eastern end of the Lolo Motorway will be unaffected.
Magruder Corridor #468: Work is currently scheduled to begin August 1 with an end date to be determined. Delays of four hours or more should be expected between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (PDT) Monday through Friday while crews replace culverts, brush out the road, improve drainage, and spot surface the road. Travel will be impacted for 34 miles on the west end starting at the road’s beginning near Red River. There will be no roadwork or delays over weekends.
Section 2: Road Washout south of Lowman
We have received reports of a road washout on FR-312 on Section 2 just south of Lowman, see map.
Currently the recommendation while riding the route heading south to north is:
Sections 6: Culvert Reconstruction Prior to Grandad Bridge
Basin Road is intermittently closed due to multiple culvert reconstruction(s) and road work along the southern part of section 6 just east of Grandad Bridge.
It is possible that this will lead to prolonged logging operations and this reroute will become permanent, check back for updates.
Currently the recommendation while riding the route heading north is:
NO LONGER GAS AT BURGDORF HOT SPRINGS
We have been informed that Burgdorf Hot Springs does not have gas at this time.
An alternate for fuel is Secesh Stage stop only 4 miles down the road.
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