This is the trail that all other trails will be measured by.
We had just come off the Ashton to Tetonia trail and had planned to ride the Right-of-Way trail because the two trails were so close. With Ashton, Idaho being somewhat “central” to these two trails and with Ashton being 351 miles away from where we live, we decided on a twofer!
June 22, 2020
The lesson we learned is to avoid trails that allow ATV use. For those that are feeling the desire to become offended, please don’t. We don’t mean to insult or offend. But, the fact remains that a motorized vehicle with all that power does not leave a trail in a condition that will suit most cyclists. Just sayin’.
If we were ever to do this trail again it would be on a fat-tire bike with front suspension at a minimum. And still even then…the trail is rough. Our gravel-grinding bicycles were not suited for this trail. Not to mention the trailer I was pulling. In researching this trail and viewing the over-head satellite visuals we could find; we knew we’d be rough-camping the night between the ride up and the ride down. We took a few “nicesities” with us (like two tents, sleeping pads my DSLR camera (a brick indeed) and other extras) thinking that the trail would be similar to the Ashton-to-Tetonia Trail. It was far from it.
Ridding from south-to-north is the way to tackle this trail. It has a 1,614 foot change in elevation from 5,326 feet at the Warm River Campground to 6,940 feet at the northern most point of the trail at the Idaho-Montana border. I like to start rides (since the Weiser River Trail) from low to high and ride back high to low. Think of it like a rubber band: I stretch the rubber band on the way up and enjoy “popping” the rubber band on the way down. It’s like eating your veggies and then the cake…you definitely will not like the veggies as much if you eat the cake first.
At the northern most point there is an area that opens up but there is NOTHING there at all. I would not risk parking a car there and then ridding down to the Warm River Campground. The camp host at the Warm River Campground let us park our car there and pay the “day-fee” for leaving it there. We camped the night before and didn’t have to pay the day-fee for the day we camped. The morning we left up the trail, we paid the day fee for that day and the next day (just to make sure). We camped on a Sunday, left our car there on Monday night and was not sure what time on Tuesday we’d be back. So, we paid the fee for Monday and Tuesday. If I remember right, it was like $8 bucks.
Most all the information I can share is in the videos. I had said that this trail was a “one-and-done.” But, I may would consider the trail again if I were to have a fat-tire bike with front suspension (thought full suspension would make the bumpiness better on the bum). I would lean-and-mean it. No extras. I still would bring plenty of water and a water filter. There are no services along this trail. But, with so many other places to ride…I’d have to ask myself “why?
Finally…if you really want to try it…here’s my suggestion: Make a trip to the Warm River Campground and ride the trail to the Tunnel and then on to the cow fields. Once you reach the area where it is sandy, just turn around and enjoy the trip back down the hill. Truth be known, that was a ton of fun. You can get some good speed going down that hill (especially past the tunnel).
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Video Index Video 2
00:00 – Introduction
00:22 – Found Another Railroad Spike!!
00:37 – Trail Montage
00:58 – Trail Commentary
01:11 – Trail Montage
01:45 – Grinding it Out a Mile at a Time – Getting BOGGED DOWN
03:53 – No 4G – Where Are We?? (Using the TrailLink App)
04:34 – Trail Montage
04:45 – Trail (and Life) Commentary
06:00 – Lunch Time – “Is There an Ant on my Butt??”
07:52 – Rear Tire View
08:35 – Where are the Gloves?
08:58 – From 5 Stars to 1 Star – Travis Is Struggling Physically and Mentally
09:48 – Bumpy and Lumpy!!
10:16 – Trail Montage
10:25 – Now a Head Wind!!
10:33 – Trail Montage
10:40 – So Tired I Can’t Read
11:03 – Passing by an ATV’er
11:37 – We’re Out of Water! And Trail Commentary.
12:16 – Found a Map!!
13:41 – On Our Way to Henry’s Fork River! Trail Montage
14:07 – Four Miles to Henry’s Fork – The Plan
14:36 – SO GLAD I did not run over this!!
15:00 – Trail Montage
15:08 – So SOFT! One and Done!
16:24 – HENRY’S FORK! Sea Gulls…I Can’t Resist!
17:44 – Filtering Water out of the Henry’s Fork
18:49 – Leaving Henry’s Fork and Heading on Toward the End of the Trail – Maybe…
19:04 – Bogged Down! AGAIN! Commentary. Getting Doubtful.
19:35 – He’s Thirsty. Explains the Difference Between a WATER FILTER and a WATER PURIFIER
20:30 – Passing by an ATV’er
20:48 – WAIT! It is 34 miles and NOT 32 Miles
21:19 – WAIT! It is not 34 Miles…It is Closer to 39 MILES!! Sprits are Down.
22:28 – Trail Montage
22:56 – At a Point of No Return. What’s the Plan??
24:10 – Officially at 34 Miles – Where’s the Finish Line?
24:41 – Grinders’ Pow-Wow. What is the Plan?
25:24 – Trail Commentary
25:49 – Trail Montage
26:11 – So Tired I Can’t Even Ride Over the Cattle Gate
26:23 – Trail Montage
26:38 – The Trail to Compare All Future Trails By
26:56 – 34.9 Miles
27:28 – Large Rock
27:35 – Drop on Both Sides (the Camera Does Not Do the Scene Justice). Testing Fate.
27:55 – End of Part 2 of 3 (Watch Part 3 of 3)
With that being said, here’s the link to get you over to Video 3: https://gravelgrindingboys.com/right-of-way-trail-3-of-3/