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6 Mile-Lemon-Crusader-Slocan

250ccforme

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Might as well break this out of the Pedro Creek FSR To Hwy 6-3 intersection thread.

Dug up the track to refresh my memory. It's Bettina not Breatrice Creek one goes down to Springer Creek. Max elevation is around 1920 meters. With the amount of snow we've had who knows when it will be clear. For reference, the other day mountain biking I saw a clearcut (at about 1700 meters) across the valley still snow covered, south-east exposure. The mill in Slocan is shut down so I doubt anything is being done with Springer Creek FSR. Any attempts at this ride should be treated as an adventure that might involve turning around and retracing one's track. When I did the ride in mid July '08 there were still a few patches of snow about if I recall correctly.
 

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LetItRoll

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So how much easier, if any is it to just go up 6 mile and then out lemon creek to get to hwy 6 sooner, and avoid the crusader/springer portion? Not sure if the elevation is any lower that way, but what is the road condition like that way once the snow has cleared?
thanks again
 

250ccforme

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You'd be missing all the fun stuff. :) But with all the snow it might be the better plan.
Once you hit Lemon you'd have summitted just south of Lemon; max. about 1120 meters. Heading to Hwy 6 there are a few ups/downs but it's basically all down Lemon to the paved. There are a couple of creek gullies that have washed out in the past. Barring washouts it's fairly good logging road. I wouldn't call it two lane so be sure to keep right, lots of limited visibility twists and turns. If you were to do that as an out 'n back it would be fairly easy on the novice, a total of about 60 km of dirt (a short bit of 6 Mile is paved heading to Lemon).
 

LetItRoll

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Finally got a chance to do part of this ride this last Sunday, went in from the Lemon Creek side up to the Sasquatch Lake intersection, then down 6 mile to Nelson. All in all a very good ride with great weather and good scenery, the pickup traffic was a little heavy being on the weekend but we slipped through without any problems.
The Creeks were all awesome.

 
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250ccforme

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My gf and I did Passmore - Applegrove - Passmore on Sunday and returned to Nelson via Springer Creek - Crusader Flats - Six Mile Lakes. All trails are in good condition. Never saw another bike all day. The latter part of this ride makes a nice loop from Nelson if you go over the Pedro FSR.
Three of us set out from 6 Mile to head to Slocan City 9 AM Aug 27/11. DENIED!! Slide is blocking the road at Dayton Creek, so close to Slocan. There were some tracks over the slide but we decided it was too iffy, too much to lose if one of the bikes were to tumble toward the creek. BC Backroads showed something that connected to the north side of Springer but the GPS Backroads chip didn't agree. We didn't see anything promising so we went back the way we came. We had intended to return via Pedro - Smallwood. We went up to the Meteor Mine on the outbound leg. Ended up with a real nice dirt (lots) to pavement (little) ratio. :)
 

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Johnny Casino

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Sorry, should have mentioned the slide and been more specific on our route. We crossed Springer Creek and headed up Ottawa Hill towards Algiers Creek and crossed back to the Springer Road at Little Tim Creek.
 

250ccforme

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So there is a connection across and back, good to know, I'll check the map(s). You wouldn't happen to have a GPS track?? Did you take the track south that runs near (but well below) the Meteor Mine or the one further east (Bettina Creek, which we took) to connect to Crusader? Did you know about the slide before leaving Slocan?
Had you ridden around there enough that finding the alternate route was no problem? Forgive all the questions, we could have used you as a guide instead of my three year old GPS track.
With the mapbook and the GPS info not the same we felt we could have spent a lot of time hitting dead ends. In that case about all the GPS would have been good for would have been to keep us from going down the same nowhere twice. :)
 
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Johnny Casino

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Actually came across the slide a few weeks before doing the loop mentioned in my initial reply. I've explored the area a bit and had enough fuel so we just started poking around on the other side to get down to Slocan. It worked out so we did it in reverse the next time around. I prefer it over the Pedro or Lemon Creek routes back to Nelson from the Valley. I have a GPS track that I'll send you via PM.
 

250ccforme

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Wow, so that slide has been there quite a while already. I thought they were being casual about cleaning it up due to the Slocan Mill being closed but one of the guys I was with was surprised stating they like to keep the FSRs open in case of fires.
Nice to have another route. Lemon gets stale and Pedro dropping down to Hwy 6 is tedious (haven't done it up yet).
 

250ccforme

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Friday June 15 2012 recon

Friday June 15 2012 recon

After checking out the 6 Mile Rd closure due to slides from the north end I figured while I was in the neighbourhood I'd see how the slide at Dayton Creek looked.
Having ever only done the ride from east to west I missed a turn and ended up crossing Springer Creek. Not right. Stop and push some buttons on the GPS. Alright, good to go again. A short backtrack and I'm off to Dayton Creek. While merrily going the wrong way I found out that the "mighty" horn of the KLX will (at least this time) scare a big brown bear off the road. Phew!
The slide is still there. ATVs have made a track up and over. Not sure I'd want to tackle it on my bike. The picture doesn't show how steep it is.
Just as well we didn't try to muscle our bikes over that last year, it may not have ended well.
After a brief stop in Slocan for a coffee and a slice of pizza, my little pony sped me back to town.
Oh yeah, on the way up here I went through a police check stop on the south side of Winlaw. An officer got to admire the legit DOT sticker on my helmet. :p
On the return the police were gone but a towtruck was hooking up to a nice looking newish pickup truck. No license? No insurance? Who knows.
 

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