Friday, June 10, 2011

Tour the Pioneers by bicycle

Ride will explore the Little Wood River landscape

Express Staff Writer

Itching to get out and bicycle through some of the most scenic landscapes Blaine County has to offer? If so, plan to head over to Carey on Saturday, June 11, for a ride through rural lands surrounding the Little Wood River, which sees far fewer visitors than its more developed cousin to the west.

The Idaho Conservation League and Wood River Land Trust are hosting the bike tour through the southern foothills of the Pioneer Mountains. Riders will have two different rides of varying length to choose from. These are unsupported, free-admission rides.

The all-dirt rides will begin in Carey at the 93 Express Café on Main Street. Participants are asked to meet at the Carey fairgrounds by 9 a.m.

The longer of the two rides is a 38-mile loop that will begin by heading up Road Canyon northeast of Carey. From there, riders will descend along the South Fork of Muldoon Creek, with expansive views north into the higher peaks of the Pioneer Mountains. Finally, the ride will connect with the Little Wood River, passing the Little Wood River Reservoir before finally arriving back in Carey.

Bicyclists who select the shorter, out-and-back ride can go anywhere from five to 15 miles. The ride will follow the valley of the Little Wood River.

The Idaho Conservation League and Wood River Land Trust are engaged with the city of Carey through the Pioneers Alliance, a coalition of ranchers, conservationists, farmers, local residents and agency officials. The coalition is working to sustain the natural and cultural values of the combined Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon region.

Call the ICL at 726-7485 for more details.

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