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By RonS - Posted on 22 March 2022

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  • Site # 3
  • GPS Coordinates: N44 01.184 W115 32.186
  • Elevation: 5900 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 62
  • Benchmark Coordinates: E5
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


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Site 03 - Banner Mine

It’s only about 8 miles from Site 20, Little Beaver Creek, to Banner Mine. But that’s where 90% of the “Adventure” in today’s ride took place. First, three miles in we came to a downed tree across the road right next to a small, steep-walled stream. It was deadfall, so we were able to break the bottom branches off the top end of the trunk and carefully ride under the top of the trunk and along the edge of the stream. Obstacle One – conquered! 

Discounting some operator-induced GPS issues, our next challenge was another water crossing – the result of a missing water culvert. The County, Forest Service, or someone had prepared a nice, deep, ditch to lay a 4-foot diameter culvert in. However, no one had told the water that the culvert was missing, so it had worn a nice cutting through the middle of the ditch. It was only a foot or so deep, but it was 10 feet wide and flowing pretty fast. And, the bottom was all football-sized rocks. If we hadn’t been so close, we might have bailed. But, it was the last site of the day and we were within a mile of our goal!
I went first on my antique tractor, an ’89 TransAlp, and chugged across with less finesse than I’d hoped. The Hermit blasted across on the 990, barely getting wet. And his brother, not to be outdone, rode a wheelie from mid-stream to the top of the ditch. I’ll leave it to the local wildlife to decide if this was intentional or not. Obstacle Two – success!
Finally, 300 feet short of our goal according to the GPS, we were stopped by deep, slushy snow. Zero traction resulted in two stuck bikes. Obstacle Three – Fail :(
Not to be beaten by this setback, we left our trusty steeds to cool their heels, literally, in the slushy snow; and trudged, slipping and swearing, to the pin location and took our photos.

Posted by KaptSlow on 2022-04-25 17:56

 After hitting up Little Beaver Creek, Cliff and I continued East on 362. The road was perfectly accessible via my adventure bike, an R1200GS. After a 2.2 miles it T'd with 384, and we continued East for another mille, where we then went North on 312. Where the road forks to 385 there was a road closure sign, but we decided to continue and see what we found. Just under a mile up there was a washout and it was impassible on the bikes we were on. I might have tried the water crossing on my DRZ400, but not the adventure bike. The climb out was just too steep.

We backtracked and hit up 21 and went north just over 4 miles and took the Banner Ridge Trailhead. It was about 8 miles of semi washed out dirt roads. Accessible on the GS, but slow going. If I was a beginner rider I wouldn't have proceeded on that bike. There were a lot of water diverts to content with, and some were pretty deep. But we finally made it, and better for the journey! After snapping the photos we backtracked the way we came all the way home, only stopping for a nice dinner at Trudys.

Posted by crane550 on 2022-06-19 19:53

 Came in from 21 near kirkham   was a delightful ride with awesome views

Posted by nohvccbob on 2022-07-08 15:46

 Visited 7/16/2022


Posted by crimson_mass on 2022-07-17 08:18

 Stop 1 on our way up the IDBDR

Posted by oldtrucks on 2022-08-10 14:38

7 Sites Tour with Trent H. Stop #2 - Banner Mine (sort of).  We made it to the washout and turned around.  So counting this as Banner Mine.  Camped just down from the sign for the night. 

Posted by gmountai on 2022-08-27 20:54

Special Ed @ Banner Mine

Posted by Special Ed on 2022-09-21 18:39

The sign on the shack says "SMILE - you're on camera". 


Road in from the snowpark off Hwy 21(FS385) was 7 miles of ruts but couldn't find the cabin.  Road out on FS 542 was good shape and 9 miles down to bridge at Kirkham


Posted by oldnut on 2022-09-24 14:41

 Road closed to mine. Spent the night in the rain. 

Posted by Trent on 2023-01-05 09:17