Goldendale to Simcoe Mt.

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by XB12R, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. XB12R

    XB12R Long timer

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    I needed to go from The Dalles OR to Zillah WA. I make this trip twice a week by slabbing it, this time though I wanted to be a little more creative. I decided I'd take The Dalles Mt. road to Goldendale (a road I've taken many times) than Cedar Valley Rd to BIA Rd 292. It looked easy and it was only an inch on the map, (ha, ha). It was a nice easy blacktop road to Cedar Valley. I passed some old homesteads and stopped to see the AJ Bolan monument.

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    Cedar Valley was rough but doable. At the top of Satus ridge I found this vacant building. I think it was a guard house that the Indians used at one time as this was the entrance to the reservation. I made a right on 292 and began my ride to highway 97. This is were things got interesting. The road deteriorated rapidly, I ended up dropping the bike several times on the baby head sized rocks. I knew I was close to 97 so I pressed on hoping and praying I wouldn't have to back track on that road. I think I made it to Simcoe Mt as my GPS said I was over 5,500 feet. Then things got worst. I was next to a snow field and the melt off made the road impassable. I KNEW I was really close to the slab so I pressed on. I made it another mile or so until I got so stuck it took over an hour to get the bike turned around. I was soaked with sweat. I had no choice but to turn around.


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    I made it out without dropping it. I stopped at the AJ Bolon monument again to rest (I'm 73 you know). The marker stone said that Bolon was killed by Indians 4 1/2 miles from their, since I was so close I plugged that into the GPS and went looking for his grave. That road proved to be a bitch also but I made it. I never found his grave but I did find these old buildings.

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    I'll try this route again later but next time I'll start at Ski Lodge road on Satus pass and see if I can make it to Goldendale.
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  2. Pro_Marinero

    Pro_Marinero Carbon Sasquatch

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    Cool trip and report. I've wondered about that area and what hassles a non-Yakama might have in the more remote corners of the rez. From what I understand there are some areas that are locals only.
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  3. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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    :clap That is adventure! Must keep you young, your still at it. :wink:
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  4. XB12R

    XB12R Long timer

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    I THINK 292 is OK . The road is open you just can't go North of it. I passed an Indian truck and we both just waved. I believe 90% of the Indians don't care anyway. I worked on the rez for 5 years (Fort Simcoe). I was probably on forbidden land before but never had a problem.
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  5. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    I think you're right about the idea that 90% don't care.
    The one that did care was driving a big blue Tahoe.

    Those sweet dirt roads look awful attractive,
    but that $125 fine told me I don't belong on the dirty roads of the Res.
    But please, keep telling me stories about your rides up there!!
    You, doing this at your wonderful age,..... sure gives me hope for my next 25 years !:clap:clap
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  6. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Blast from the past. Love these pictures XB12R, I will have to get up there.
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  7. Dorian

    Dorian huge carbon footprint

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    Bravo! On street tires no less. With hard panniers. I have the same model GS but I'm not too keen on taking the big girl on rides like that alone. But I'm a wuss that way :D More off-road-worthy knobby tires probably would've made all the difference.

    Inspiring! I hope to still be out there exploring for the next 20 years.

    Thanks for the report and pics!

    - Dorian
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  8. dhally

    dhally Hammerhead

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    Oh yeah, the rez has all the best untracked roads! Mid-week is best...

    One time I made it from near Bickleton all the way to the Klickitat River along the ridge. There were a couple of tracks heading down towards Goldendale but they looked jeep-ish.
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