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I've been pretty lucky to live near a couple of sweet bike shuttleable rivers. Durango for 15 years. And now Alberton Gorge with a 3 mile flat bike ride for 4 miles of class 3 pool drops. Everybody knows about the Kokopelli trail for Westwater. What else is out there?
 

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Numbers/Fractions, Slaughterhouse, Boulder Creek, Eagle, Upper Clear Creek, Crystal, Greys River, SF Clearwater, Upper Stillwater and Lower Flathead are ones I've done. Tried the Madison but it was snowing too hard so I hitched. If you like narrow highways (I don't) the list is huge.
 

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Theoretically? Most everything. Tho a lot are better on a dirt or street bike!

If you talk about sweet, absolutely dynamite single track, I would put at the top of my list the N Umpqua. Fing amazing, and there will be kings lined up at the base of the dam at Toketee Falls! The N Fk Am also has single track shuttle that you don't want to use up all your energy before. The play run on the Kananaskis has a nice trail for shuttle too. The last time there it was closed because of blowdown so got caught in a shower on the longer hwy route.

Bikeability of shuttles is a big criterion when on exploratory road trips with only one truck. Thought we would do a 3-4 stretch of the Kicking Horse but they were working on the hwy and the narrow construction would have been V+ on a bike (maybe 6). Did an easier stretch. One rapid sounded like a freight train...not because it was that hard but because there was a train going by.

When researching bikepacking found that there was a single track next to part of a fork of the Willamette we did years before.

Ah, boatin an bikin road trips, nothing better. Great to burn off the adrenalina spinning back up to the truck. Clear Creek of the Klamath was cool because we saw a bear, but then it was CA.

Would like to hear of others. Come on people, don't bogart!

I guess other runs on my radar wouldn't work. Like the Happy and Charley in AK, fly in. Cheers, happy dreaming. Leroy Boy.
 

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I've been pretty lucky to live near a couple of sweet bike shuttleable rivers. Durango for 15 years. And now Alberton Gorge with a 3 mile flat bike ride for 4 miles of class 3 pool drops. Everybody knows about the Kokopelli trail for Westwater. What else is out there?
The more I think about it, the more it seems like most of the runs I've done are bike shuttleable. I mean if you can drive a car between take out and put in...

Multi-day stuff less so, unless you budget time to do a long day or even overnight ride back.

First few that come to mind = everything on the Poudre, Taylor Canyon, Lake Fork Gunny, Dark Canyon, Cross Mountain Gorge, All the Vail/Eagle stuff, all the Glenwood stuff...

Looking forward to spending time in Wyo next summer, where many of the runs on our radar require hiking in and out.
 

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LSB, we didn't do Alberton on our summer trip this yr because I remembered the shuttle to be not that bikeable. Must be a better way?
The whole run is not bikeable because of the freeway. Only the top half is. But you can't get a raft out there. I did a bunch of solo OC1 runs this summer on it and am totally stoked to have it as my home run. All my River time anymore is rafting or kayaking with the kids or sneaking out for a couple hours on the spur of the moment so it's a perfect fit.
 

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Bumping this thread for more stoke.
Warming up with a bike ride back to the put-in is so much more enjoyable to me than driving both ways.
Hoping to brain storm more gravel/single track/back roads

This year enjoyed:
Ruby Horsethief- Kokopelli trail ftw!
Lower Deschutes-Macks to Buck Hollow gravel ride.
 

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Thanks for the bump Mog. After rereading I should clarify that, for me, "bikeable" means dirt or otherwise uncrowded by cars. I'm terrified of traffic and avoid biking or even walking on a busy road at all cost. I reckon I was hit by a car in a previous life.
 

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I've run a number of shuttles and biked a few. Some highlights were a couple of solo laps on CCOTA (short section, easy run), Gore, and Pine Creek through the Numbers. I biked the shuttle on Bailey once and miss-timed my return. Biking on 285 at enight without a bike light was pretty terrifying!
I wish the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas had a singletrack trail. Someday, Lower Clear Creek will have a paved bike path alongside the river.
I think the Selway would be amazing with a casual 50mi jog at the end.
 

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I've run a number of shuttles and biked a few. Some highlights were a couple of solo laps on CCOTA (short section, easy run), Gore, and Pine Creek through the Numbers. I biked the shuttle on Bailey once and miss-timed my return. Biking on 285 at enight without a bike light was pretty terrifying!
I wish the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas had a singletrack trail. Someday, Lower Clear Creek will have a paved bike path alongside the river.
I think the Selway would be amazing with a casual 50mi jog at the end.
From my time in Scummit County I enjoyed bike shuttling laps on the Blue above Green Mountain Reservoir and Glenwood Canyon before all the crazy landslide activity.

Riding the Ruby/Horsetheif shuttle this summer was a game changer and now I'm actively planning bike rides into my river trips.

Any reports on bike shuttles for the Grand, Gauley, John Day, Owyhee, MFS, Salt, San Juan, Selway or Hells Canyon.
 

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Bike shuttle is the way to go for the Little Grand Canyon of the San Rafael - easy good dirt roads.

Doable for the Chute on Muddy Creek, but there is a bigass hill. E-bike is nice for that one.
San Raf has been on the list forever and I was actually in position to run it this spring with bike in tow.
Hopefully S. Utah gets a better snow year.
 

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I’m of the view if I can drive it, I can bike it. And bike it I have, all over Washington State. Popular runs with easy (paved, flattish, low traffic shuttles):
Middle Fork Snoqualmie (“Middle Middle”)
Middle Sauk (White chuck to Clear Creek)
Upper Green River Gorge (less flat)
Add traffic:
Wenatchee (add ALOT of traffic on this one)
White Salmon (all stretches)
Skykomish (11 minutes bike shuttle, but narrow bridges)
Less popular runs usually mean less traffic, too.

Save fuel, get exercise, have fun!
 
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