Baja to Canada - Along the Pacific Crest

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Maniac28, May 19, 2010.

  1. Maniac28

    Maniac28 Been here awhile

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    So I would like to do for the Pacific Crest Trail what the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (that you guys often call the CDR or CDT) did for the Continental Divide (hiking) trail.

    Basically, I'd like to string together a network of dirt and gravel roads from Baja to Canada, following along the Pacific Crest Trail as close as reasonably possible. The idea is the same as the great divide route - ride border to border on a beautiful route that gets you off highways and into unspoiled backcountry areas. It should be navigable by a 650 class bike or even a GS or vstrom with a brave pilot.

    I will be working on it and testing it out this summer. No promises. But if I can pull it off, I will share with everyone, free of charge.
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  2. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    Already been done, Search for "Pacific Crest Quest".

    I also have Mex2Can.com through the Great Basin.

    I also have severeal ways in the Statewide Motorized Trail System (SMTS.Info) for California and Nevada plus the Oregon Back Country Discovery Trail tracks posted on GPSXchange.com
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  3. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    Best of luck and sounds good. I live in Ellensburg, WA and have played with multiple routes and as Maniac28 pointed out there is a good RR from a group who came up from California that will be a good resource.

    Are you planning a Cascade Route east or west of the summit or ?.

    I believe there is a good eastern side of Cascade Mountains route that starts south of Nighthawk and west of Oroville that will drop out at places like Winthrop, Chelan, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Ellensburg, Mt Rainier Park, Trout Lake and the the Columbia River.

    Also as already mentioned the Oregon Back Country Trail would be the next logical pick up.

    Looking forward to your Ride Report.

    Enjoy your trip

    MkD
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  4. Maniac28

    Maniac28 Been here awhile

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    OK. I have read the ride report from the PCQ (thanks guys!). I have also downloaded and looked at their GPS files. I have an atlas for each state and am trying to map out some alternate routes along the whole way, in case of closure, too rough conditions, etc.

    So anyone want to go with me? Leaving san diego area around July 10th or so is the current plan. I don't know whether to take the KLR or the GS.

    If this ride doesn't pan out for me my other option is to ride mostly pavement through CA, OR and then head to MT for West Fest and the Montana 1000.
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  5. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    If/when or should you get to Washington state, PM me I might be able to ride along for a bit. Depends on when you get here. Good luck on your plans.

    The Pacific Crest goes almost right by my house.

    MkD
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  6. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    the best of luck my friend!!

    damasovi
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