Favorites in Washington, Idahoe, Montana, Wyoming, etc.

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by Asphalt Assault, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. Asphalt Assault

    Asphalt Assault Been here awhile

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    I'm in the early stages of route planning for a trip from Southern California up to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North/South Dakota and possibly as far east as Minnesota/Thunder Bay if time permits. The trip is loosely scheduled from August 22nd-September 22nd, 2016. I'll depart with a buddy in Southern California who will be with me for the first 3-4 days as we make our way up north.

    I ride a BMW F800S and pretty much have everything set in regards to the bike and packing setup weighing in at less than 30 pounds including all camping gear and misc. items. I'm an experienced rider who prefers a minimalist packing approach and enjoy spending the majority of my time riding technical backroads at a fairly decent pace.

    My initial plan for this trip is to rotate between easy 300 mile'ish days and the occasional 400-500 mile slabbing where absolutely needed in order to keep a schedule. My goals are to hit all the major "bucket list" national parks all throughout the northwest and upper midwest states. I recently purchased the annual national park pass and shooting to hit Lassen NP, Crater Lake NP, Mount Rainier NP, Olympic NP, Glacier NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Theodore Roosevelt NP, Badlands NP and possibly make it out to the Aerostich store in Duluth, MN and Thunder Bay if time permits.

    Given that information - I am naturally a terrible planner. I have no experience using a GPS but possibly looking to pick one up for this trip. I have been researching twisty backroads and sights worth seeing through the Pashnit website maps and also experimenting with Butler Map's Rever online mapping platform.

    I do plan on using the tent space thread as much as possible along with general NP camping. If anyone has done a route similar to this and has any recommendations or sample routes I'd certainly appreciate the help and/or suggestions. I'd love to ride with some locals as I go who already have their favorite backroads and riding spots.

    Thanks!

    -Scott
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  2. mfaoro

    mfaoro Been here awhile

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    Wow. 30 pounds. How do you do that? I'm an ultralight-gear obsessed freak and my moto kit for an extended trips is twice that. No food? No tools :)

    A gps might be a friend on this trip. Gps tracks can be had for trips all over the NW in the making tracks section of this website as well as several others.

    I might also check out the Backcountry Discovery Routes website. You could do all or parts of the Wabdr, OrBDR, etc.

    Check out Bestrest's NW passage route.

    I am leaving tomorrow for a 9 day trip in MT and maybe BC. If you are still looking for help when I get back I will be glad to help where I can.

    Trip reports are another great place to look for ideas.



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  3. Carl Stark

    Carl Stark Adventurer

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    Scott, we will be home during that time frame so plan on staying here in Sheridan, Wyo. Just give a shout a few days in advance. You definitely want to do Beartooth Hwy and Chief Joseph Hwy when you are around Yellowstone Park!
    Carl and Jonnie
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  4. Asphalt Assault

    Asphalt Assault Been here awhile

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    Thank you mfaroro. Both my girlfriend (well, wife one week from now and one week after my trip begins) and I are avid hikers and generally try and do one big international trip a year. She would always bring a ton of crap that I would end up having to carry anyway so I finally committed to getting my weight down to the 30-35 pound limit for hikes like Half Dome, Mount Whitney and other 15-20 mile hikes. I find that the packing list for motorcycling is not far off from my hiking list with the exception of basic tools and extra protective gear which I generally don't count.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...our-bike-please.237723/page-460#post-29472107 is a link to what I've played around with. Since this post I have purchased Hepko & Becker's soft side bags which carry my stove, fuel, cooking supplies, tent and sleeping bag in both panniers which are 22 liters each. Sleeping pad goes in a Wolfman bag on the backseat which keeps the weight down and lightweight shoes/daily items/minimal clothing in the top case. I'll give you more details when I start the official ride report to break down everything I'm brining, the weight and how it is packed down.


    Thank you Carl & Jonnie. Right now I'm shooting for being near the park between August 27th, 28th and/or 29th. I'm still working through the details but will certainly reach out to you as we get closer. Thanks so much and really looking forward to riding out your way!
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  5. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    Update on the North West Passage Route across Washington... I rode the first 2 days of the route last week. Trail was in good condition; here's a few re-routes you'll need to take.

    Day 1 itinerary the road coming down from Cooper Mountain (FS 4330) has a road closure at the intersection of NF-225. Go right (south) on NF225 and it will bring you down on McFarland Creek Road and Highway 153.

    Day 2 itinerary the road from Loop Loop Pass (where trail crosses Highway 20) to Conconully was closed by the Forest Service. Looks like a permanent closure. Reroute by going west a few miles on Highway 20, and turn north on Loop Loop Canyon Road. This is actually part of the WABDR. Follow that road north until you come to a T-intersection (Peacock Mountain Road to the left, Ruby Grade to the right)

    If you're a good intermediate rider, take the right fork and go down the Ruby Grade to Salmon Creek Road, then north to Conconully where you join the NWP again.

    If you're bothered by steep downhills and rocks, take the left fork and wander east on Peacock Mountain Road (FS 2048) and go to Conconully where you join the NWP again.
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  6. PNW Buttercup

    PNW Buttercup Dancing with dirt roads...

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    For some Montana tracks -- Check out the BOM in Pacific Northwet Region.
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  7. RainRider45

    RainRider45 Been here awhile

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    Update on the North West Passage Route across Washington..

    So is it my POS work laptop or are there no GPX tracks attached to most of the threads in...
    Favorites in Washington, Idahoe, Montana, Wyoming, etc.

    ThX
    RR
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  8. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have discovered that just because the title of this and other similar forums have the word "Tracks" in them, there is no reason to believe that most people will actually post their tracks here. I don't get it either.
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  9. Sirby

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    David and I have been working to revise the GPS tracks for the Northwest Passage ride and will make them available soon. Here is a link to the BestRest Products web page where you can order the 2015 edition of the track files. You will need to sign in as a customer and put the GPS tracks file in your shopping cart. There is no charge, they will be emailed to you. This way your contact information will be used to notify you when the updated files are ready if you still want them. It truly is an "Excellent Adventure" to complete the NWP. Go for it! You can also go to the bestrestproducts.com website and enter "GPS tracks" into the search box to find the order box.
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  10. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    And if you can't be troubled to get the GPX tracks off the BestRest website, here's a direct link to the 2014 tracks on our Dropbox file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bxtks6mvx6lp5jd/Northwest Passage 2014 Tracks MaxPointsRev 012115.gpx?dl=0

    If your computer doesn't like that download, or if it automatically converts the GPX track into another format (some do), then send me a private message and I will send the tracks by email.

    As Sirby said, we are working on a set of updated NWP tracks. We've marked all the re-routed sections, added comments, etc. I'm working on the daily itineraries and maps now. It's a good winter project.

    David Petersen
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