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Owyhee Tunnel

By RonS - Posted on 22 March 2022

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  • Site # 23
  • GPS Coordinates: N43 41.416 W117 12.206
  • Elevation: 3100 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 60
  • Benchmark Coordinates: E2
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


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Visited April 2, 2022.

Posted by crimson_mass on 2022-04-03 08:55

Leaving Guerber Park, I headed west on State St through Star and Middleton, grabbed some fuel at the Sinclare station south of Farmway, then headed west on HWY 26.  After cruising through Notus, I got on HWY 95 south through Fern, then Headed west again on Red Top Rd. Crossing the OR/ID border, Red Top turns into OR 454/453. 

I followed 454/453 to the T-junction with OR-201; turned south, and proceeded about .4 miles to a dirt road on the right with a green BLM gate. Closing the gate behind me I had nothing but sandy jeep trails and short rocky sections ahead of me until I got to the Owyhee River. Things went smoothly until they didn’t.  I found myself on the east side of the Owyhee river with a 50-yard ford between me and the Owyhee Lake Rd (pavement) that would take me to the Challenge Site. 
Since I was by myself and had no idea how deep the water might get, I decided to clutch the bike across while walking beside it. The deepest area was just above my knees, but that was about three inches higher than my boot-tops.  Boots full of water and feet freezing cold, I exited the ford, put the bike on its side-stand, removed my boots, and tried to rub some feeling back into my feet. Failing at the warming attempt, I got my gear back on and headed south on pavement to Site 23 – the Owyhee Tunnel.

Posted by KaptSlow on 2022-04-23 17:04

I gathered up my posse and we trailored our stallions to the enterance Snively Gulch Road just blocks south of Adrian. A few miles in we split off to head to the checkpoint (which isn't actually at the tunnel). There was a lot of sand to get stuck in, as well as some grapefruit sized rocky sections. Silas (7y/o on TTR50) wiped out 3 or 4 times but had a good attitude about it. Even me on the DRZ400 got a little washy in spots. Peyton (11y/o, PW80) handled it like a champ.

Once we got to the road at the checkpoint we headed North on the pavement for a wile. As you start to leave the canyon there is a chance to get back on dirt which took us back to Snively Gulch Rd. We saw a few snakes along the way, one of which was pretty big. Pretty sure Silas ran it over. Overall it was 25 miles or so. As always, contact me for a GPX file.

The Crane crew is unstoppable! If a 7 year old can make it you can too! Of course we like to take the back way in if at all possible.

Posted by crane550 on 2022-05-18 20:16

 Beautiful ride. 

Posted by Trent on 2022-07-08 08:21

Went for a ride after work with Trent H and Shannon M.  Damn GPS took us all the way to Homedale before going North to Adrian, OR.  Owyhee Canyon was a beautiful ride in and out.

Posted by gmountai on 2022-07-10 19:50

Special Ed @ Owyhee Tunnel

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