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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Feb 2, 2015.
I want pictures if you put a Cooler with even a single Bear in the back of AJ's sag wagon..... It would liven up the party.
I ride a 500 exc and have ridden the north route several times. It is an easy return - really. Detroit to hwy 26 is mostly narrow, winding, smooth pavement -- in other words fun - on FS 46 and 42. From there it is a relatively short run on US 26 and 35 back to Parkdale. Less fun, but not bad. Bottom line, it can be done in less than three hours and it doesn't suck.
Take it from a guy that despises pavement on dirt bikes. And yes, I trailer to Parkdale to get started.
Thanks for your answers, guys!
The ride back from Detroit to Parkdale can be as easy as three hours on EMPTY forest pavement roads, some one-lane paved sweeties for miles. These are good paved roads, no shit. Mix it up with some faster dirt sections and still spend just half a day getting back to Parkdale. The CDR does a lot of NOT straight and narrow path, zig-zagging it's way through the forest. You can ride right through the middle pretty quickly without ever going over 55 mph.
If I wanted to get to Parkdale early, I'd bust the beautiful pavement from Detroit, part of which @oldmonkeybut had a part in paving, all the way to Hwy 26. 2-1/2 hours of sweet & easy no-stress twisty forest pavement. Even on an EXC.
Then,... I'd do Bennett Pass (again!) on the way back down the hill to Parkdale
And remodel the inside of the sag wagon!
We're planning to truck from Bend to Parkdale Thursday, for the Apple Jam North Ride (my other half will drive the truck back).
I've been looking at the OBDR route 3 / final CDR route. And pondering Sundays ride back to Bend via NF2047 from Detroit to Big Lake then Old Santiam Wagon Rd to Sisters, Sisters to Three Creeks, NF4606 home to Bend. Anyone familiar with this route? I haven't totalled the milage but it looks like 70-80mi?
I'm plan to ride part or all of that stretch from Bend to Detroit before the group ride in July.
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I have a map of what you described, the part from Big Lake on south. Or close to it. It might be on some early page of this thread. Or I can link you to it.
Edit: try page 27, post 539
That's the best way home from the Roaming Rally!
The three creeks route towards Bend is a very good bad road. On my list of favorites, and I felt fortunate to get to ride it all the way from Todd Lake last Summer! What's left of the Santiam Wagon Road is a sandy, whoopy, nasty,...and excellent bad road! Just don't take that right turn just to the East of the Wildrness on the old original Santiam Wagon Road. Your GPS will show it, but it don't go through anymore (yet!). I got stuck out there for a few hours a few years ago.
You will find these and more great bad roads on 97707's new South CDR, to be posted in approx. June this year.
When is the earliest the CDR is doable? From memory, seems like most of the route is lower than Gov. Camp elevation, which suggests it could be open if no new snow for a few weeks. I guess Mud is never to be underestimated, too.
not yet.....at least a couple points reach 6000 feet on Bennett Pass, and the back side of Olallie is always late. I'm working on something more DS that rides the very Eastern edge of the Cascades...I'll letcha know soon.
If I still lived up there, I'd love to do it on my Versys-X 300. Perfect size bike for that route and comfy for the paved portions.
I still remember that trip we did a couple of years ago with that really awesome campsite we had for two days!
You've know that you've got free rides for the Roaming Rallies this year, Oh domain keeper...
Started at the North end. Road was really clear, great riding, but there's a loop around a butte, right where 17 intersects 44, and that loop was completely blocked by snow. No problem, we stayed on 17.
There are a couple of patches of snow in the shade, but no problems at all until the last uphill section towards Eightmile point. Snow covers the road in increasing patches starting just before the intersection of 4420 and cold springs road.
We missed the turn to 2730-230 (which would connect back to 4420) but got 100% blocked at fifteen mile campground. Previously snow was in sections, but at fifteen mile it looked like it was solid from there south on cold springs road.
Given the amount of snow on cold springs at 1400m, and the snow we encountered at 1600m near the summit of Eightmile point, I can't see getting through to high prarie at over 1800m yet.
There was only one blockage from trees in the section we rode. I think it was on 4400-130, but we rode around it. Even on an r1200gs and a Versys 650, it wasn't too difficult to circumvent. You only have to be bold or good.
The first CDR Rider of the year
Thanks for the update!
This is the alt route for the ORBDR