Granite Falls - Forest Road 41 - where does it go

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by jackariah, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. jackariah

    jackariah Been here awhile

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    Hey Cob, Gentry, GSGuy, ATony16...

    I love to ride out in the Granite Falls area, but have not really found a lot of open (non-gated) Forest Roads to ride and the Mt. Loop Hwy is closed.

    I see the Forest Road 41 goes fairly deep into the woods... is it any good? Are there any other roads? Has the Mt. Loop Rd. been made open and clear? How about Monte Cristo?

    Thanks guys.

    This last weekend, Saturday I headed out to OSO and went to Lake Cavanaugh the back way and tried to get up to Day Hike Lake (or something like that) but many of the FR's were blocked. I noticed on the very S.W. corner of Lk Cavanaugh there looked to be a very peaked little mountain with a bunch of switch backs going right up the side... I would suspect that the view up there would be great... Any idea as to what this mountain is? I did not have time to investigate as I had to get back.

    Thanks and hope to ride with you all soon.

    Jason

    PS: It looks like last Sunday ride was a little wet... Saturday was was ok with only a bit of threat of rain.
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  2. Davidovich650

    Davidovich650 KLR-ista

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    I've been out FR-41 a few times in the "cage" - there's a trail head at the end that's used by climbers to get to Three Fingers. I don't remember seeing too many spurs leading off 41 - one towards the end that headed west and down - in SNT it looks like it heads towards that freaky Navy Base up there.

    No loops on the Mtn Loop Hiway any more, but plenty of riding still if you don't mind lots of dead-ends. And a trip out to Monte Cristo is sooooo tempting!




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  3. gentry

    gentry For Reasons Unknown...

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    Hey, what are you riding?
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  4. Johnny Drunkard

    Johnny Drunkard Raggamuffin Super Moderator

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    The Mt Loop is still closed past Barlow. The FS are planning on repairing it - the proposal is open for public comment until 6/15. Make your voice heard: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/projects/flood-damage-roads/index.shtml

    I've been wanting to check out Day Lk myself. Looks like you might be able to get there via FS 17/1765, but dunno if its gated. The Green Trails map seems to indicate the area around Day Lk as private land.
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  5. jackariah

    jackariah Been here awhile

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    Gentry... I was the guy that pulled up next to you at the light a few weeks back when you were out exploring FR18/17 with aTony16 on your new DRZ... thanks for helping me find this forum. I had a chance to ride with aTony16, GSGuy, and Toothiegrin a few weeks back... what a blast.

    This is my first dual sport. I had sport and standard bikes in the past. I always found myself going too fast and decided I should try something different.

    I told my friend that I wanted a dual sport but that they were too unconfortable for road riding and thus not an option for me. He suggested that I look at the KLR. I had never really heard of it before and started my investigation... it was perfect for what I was looking for...

    The KLR is a mule on the single track, but I have been impressed with where I have been able to work that sucker into the woods.

    I ride my father in laws XT225 and it feels like a BMX bike with a motor... nice and small and light.

    I hope to ride with you sometime soon.

    jason
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  6. gentry

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    Im on a DRZ400s. Drop me a line if you want to ride sometime. Im hoping to pick up a trailer this weekend so I can get farther afield to some trails with it. Not quite the highway bike the KLR is...
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  7. GSguy

    GSguy Here's a quarter.

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    Now David, the only way to get back to Monte Cristo is still that road back that is closed to motor vehicles but you can hike or bike back right? :ear
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  8. Davidovich650

    Davidovich650 KLR-ista

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    Hey, I'd never suggest riding around a gate - thats-illegal-and-could-get-you-in-trouble!!!:evil Yeah, you can hike & mtn bike up to Monte Cristo. There's a really incredible valley beyond the town that's a great backpacking destination, if you don't mind getting your car vandalized at Barlow Pass.

    Monte Cristo had residents up there the last time I went up there - they were able to drive their own vehicles into the town - they had keys to the gate - but I don't know if they can any longer - several washed out bridges last time I was up there.



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  9. jackariah

    jackariah Been here awhile

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    I have never understood what is behind the gate? Anyone have any idea's? Is is it a town or abandoned place or season resort or what?

    jackariah
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    Google is your friend: http://www.whidbey.com/mcpa/
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  11. toothy

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    I'm up for a ride up that a-way Saturday (tomorrow) if you gotcher ears on!
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  13. gentry

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    And you are?............ oh, Canadian im gathering......
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    Unfair to say until you ride with us Wussies ---- and yes - where are you???

    enjoy
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    WTF? Where did that come from? Fred, I'll be in Hope Friday July 1st at about 8am on a fully loaded Green KLR. Get the keys from your wife, take the shackles off your testicles, get your bike out of mothballs, and put up or shut up.

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    I second that....thats now two challenges in the last two days...about time to amp it up
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    Hmmm, I might be up for this, if I can get things in order to leave for MotoGP on the 4th.

    Anyone else notice that Fred's "challenge" postings seem to be late-night-oriented?

    :dutch "hiccup" :poser
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  18. gentry

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    yeah, liquid courage fer sure.....
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  19. markjenn

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    FYI, a few of us were out monkeying around in this area yesterday.

    A really nice loop is to go almost to Darrington on 530 and turn left at Swede Heaven and take FR 18 over the ridge towards Concrete. The turnoff onto FR 18 is a little obscure, a climbing right turn on a gravel road a few miles after the turnoff from 530, but from there it is easy navigation. You will "tee" into FR 17 about 2/3rds into the ride; we took the right which is Finney Creek Road and goes to near Concrete. If you turn left, you may be able to head toward Sedro on FR 17, although Garmin's City Select shows it ending a few miles W and it generally has been reliable on showing which roads are passable. (More on this below.)

    Once in Concrete, you can follow the S side of the river back to near Sedro and then ride nice pavement back roads to Lake Cavanaugh and back to 530.

    BTW, we tried to find a way into Day Lake, but it appears this is all private tree farm country. There is a turnoff going NE a few miles W of the north end of Lake Cavanaugh, but it is well-gated - if you worked, you might be able to get around it, but that would probably be risky. We found an easier to bypass gate a few miles back toward the lake, but it petered out into slash/burn areas. This looks like a very active tree farm and probably not a good idea to be back there monkeying around.

    BTW, I had both Roads and Rec, Topo, and City Select loaded on my 60CS GPS and I once again confirmed that City Select just has better data on showing what roads are truly passable. Both R&R and Topo showed roads going through the Day Lake area, but their road data is so out of date, it doesn't reflect any of the current closures. City Select, OTOH, showed exactly the roads that were passable and didn't show any of the closed, private roads.

    - Mark
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  20. toothy

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    Thanks for the info. Key word: Northwest Forestroad.
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