any info on easy wide fs roads to take the wife?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by snojammer, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. snojammer

    snojammer Adventurer

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    We live in lacey and I want to teach my wife how to ride. we both just bought two tw200 and really just want to check out the scenery and ride some nice wide easy fs roads. I'm getting conflicting reports on rock candy. Any info on fs roads near Olympia would be appreciated.
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  2. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    You can ride nice fs roads from Skokomish delta [near Union} all the way to US 101. FS 23 will take you all the way to
    wynoochee dam, then FS 22 [aka Donkey Creek] all the way to 101 just north of Humptulips, where there may be gas. Lunch tastes pretty good at Lake Quinault Lodge, a ways north on 101.

    Lots of nice views off 23 and 22.

    A short hop off of 23 will get you to High Steel Bridge, about 420' above the Skok River.
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  3. Vincenthdfan

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    I've ridden extensively from Waddell Creek side in Capitol Forest on both my DR650 and my V-Strom 1000. I would probably rather ride from that side than Rock Candy if I were teaching (taught my wife on a TW200 as well).

    Problem is, there's an extensive amount of traffic on Capitol Forest roads until you get away from the lower areas. So you definitely want to stay to the right on corners and ride single file so you don't turn into a hood ornament.

    There are really good Capitol Forest maps available to keep you from getting too turned around if you go out that way too...especially if you bring a GPS with you.

    Then there's Gifford Pinchot....literally tons and tons of gravel logging roads up there for a little while longer anyway. They're going to be under snow here before too long due to higher altitude. Theres the 21 road out of Packwood and the 23 and 25 road out of Randle...theyre currently working on repairing a wash out area on the 23 a ways up.

    Another option I've been wanting to explore, is in the Shelton area.

    Talk to John, the owner at Dirt Cheap Cycle in Shelton. He's selling annual membership for access to several hundreds acres of sawmill owned company land that is behind locked gates.

    You pay your $100 + $30 for insurance and get a key and pass with annual access rights.

    The pics I've seen look like nice, glacial till type soil with wide open riding areas and they're clearing trails out there all the time.
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    robdogg turnip truck driver

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    or head out Hwy 12 to Oakville, then get on the Brooklyn Road and soon it turns to gravel and you can ride it all the way out to hwy 101, usually not much traffic, and a couple of view spots along the way... easy motorhome type road the entire way
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  5. robdogg

    robdogg turnip truck driver

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    also some of the roads around Greenwater are fun to explore, take an all day ride up to Suntop (only about the last ten miles or so are gravel), and view Mt Rainier from like 10ft away.. you could park just off 410, and do a 25 mile loop or so (rough guess) up the 7400 road along the White River and hit Suntop, then ride a little bit of hwy back to your rig..

    other possibilities: gravel roads around Carbanado, Wilkeson, the road out to Mowich Lake, Scott Turner Road out of Eatonville.. Greenwater area (FR 70 will take you all the way to Little Naches via dirt) lots of options really, but time is running out for this year.. general hunting season starts next weekend, so many of those areas will be teaming with elmer fudd and friends
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  6. K1200LT

    K1200LT Been here awhile

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    I like to ride Capitol forest roads. We can chat over coffee, just send a PM. Closest to Lacy for learning. I used to do work up at Capitol peak so drove most of the roads back then.

    Steve
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  7. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    I read on my snowmobile page that FR70 is still closed from the forest fires.

    They have a Forest Ranger posted at the road head stopping folks. This is primarily due to all of the equipment they still have to get down out of the hills.

    They're saying most likely closed through the end of this month unfortunately. But, all the other roads up around Whistlin Jacks have re-opened.
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