Lake Chelan splorin?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by n16ht5, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    Where's some good fun roads to splore around Lake Chelan? Going over there for the wifeys bday and looking for mellow logger roads to plunk around on.

    Chelan-Cooper Ridge-Twisp best option?
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  2. T.Low

    T.Low Been here awhile

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    Christoph, here is a link to my route from Bellingham to Chelan, via Winthrop. You may have to hit refresh or get directions or something for the actual map to show up. It's a better route than what the WBCDR uses, but a lot longer (much more time consuming).
    This link screws up my map somehow, but the gist of Winthrop to Chelan should be good.
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    Plenty of side spurs for good lunch spot views.

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    I wouldn't recomend peddaling in the last 25 miles on a 90 degree July day and telling your wife you'll meet her in Manson, but I'm positive you wouldn't be the first one to do it. (It is certainly NOT all down hill from that point )

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    It may be 100 miles or so, be freshly fueled.

    Loops from Chelan;

    Cooper Ridge is a cool little destination and a cool little route.
    From Chelan: You could do an out an back utilizing 8200 to 8210, but I would recomend a clockwise loop using 8200 all the way up to 117 thru Oss Peak and Parrish Peak, then on down to Cooper Ridge and back to Chelan via 8210. 117 is kinda primitive and a little more fun to charge up I 'spose.

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    That could be one decent day (for most of us anyway, not so sure it's enough for you though).

    Was a little too much to be wheelieing and sliding the Gas Gas all day.

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    Another nice day is Chelan to Pateros, using 8200 to 8210 (may as well take the short side spur to Cooper RIdge and back again ) then 4010 to Hwy 20, then to Pateros for lunch and fuel, then head back the same way.

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    We tried 8140 down to Alta Coulee but the farmers wouldn't open the gate and then sat there to make sure we didn't. John Deere & Massey Ferguson 1, Gas Gas & Husaberg 0 :puke1 )
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  3. michaelyogi

    michaelyogi Been here awhile

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    When you coming over? Weather here is gettin' cold...
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  4. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    you rock, T Low. thanks !

    Im coming over tomorrow,saturday
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  5. bricaud

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    Any snow reports for the lake chelan area? planning on doing some riding over the long weekend. Where is the snow line in the hills around the lake?
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    If you make it over there, please report back on snow levels.
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  7. EntiatRider

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    You can make it up Johnson creek to the top of Forest
    Mountain and over French Corral towards leavenworth. Spotty in places in the shade. Can't make the summit road yet. Lots of roads open. Enjoy.
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    Did you use FS 5800 from Mad River to French Corral?
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    T.Low Been here awhile

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    We wanted to camp at Foggy Dew next weekend and take Twisp RIver Rd, to Twin Lks Rd, to 4300 to Gold Creek to 8200 (Grade Creek) to Manson, stop for fuel and chow, then over 8210 and over tp Pateros via Cooper Mtn, then hwy back to Foggy Dew.

    All the Ranger District desks that i spoke to recommend against it due to snow, but they don't actually know for sure.

    Have you laid eyes on any of this route this season? Word on the mountain is...?

    Thanks.
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  10. EntiatRider

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    Jabberwocky. Yes. But we stopped at the summit road due to snow. This was almost 2 weeks ago. Lots of trees in shade to keep the snow
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  11. EntiatRider

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    T. Low
    You can see the peaks, but I doubt you can make it over grade creek. I'll ask my forest service buddy tomorrow who works in the chelan district.
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  12. iJabberwocky

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    Ok thanks. I made it to the top of French Corral about two weeks ago but from the Leavenworth side. I will have to head up there the weekend of the 9th just before the Dirty Face.
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  13. sirloynz

    sirloynz Puny Human

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    Do you know if the 5800 or 5808 are thawed enough for bikes to make it from Lake Wenatchee to Ardenvoir. Can't wait to sink my teeth into a Super Duper Cooper Burger! :drif
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  14. EntiatRider

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    My buddy on the trail crew says they have most of the upper mad river trail to camp 9 completed last year, but the FS still lists it as closed. Be fun going down from the upper end in July, if open. On 250's anyways. I'll ride up French Corral on the 9th too. There is a road below sugarloaf that leads back into Indian Creek back to French corral that's a nice loop if open.
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  15. EntiatRider

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    Not sure if the dots can be connected over the summit. I'll let you know after I ride it tonight
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  16. Granparacer

    Granparacer Old but not dead

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    We should plan a campout at Goose Creek soon.
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  17. iJabberwocky

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    Oh yeah....FS 5270? I can't remember. Anyway, I rode the lower Mad River trail for the first time on my 250 last summer. That was awesome, those switchbacks weren't too bad but still a blast. I can't wait to ride Lake Creek trail again...I did that for the first time last year too....what a great ride.

    EDIT: I meant 5270 being the road below Sugarloaf btw....; )
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  18. bricaud

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    Over the long weekend my buddy and I made some morning runs on the roads around Chelan. Saturday we headed up Grade creek from Wapato Lake and made it up to the top of Copper mountain on roads 8213, 8210, and 3107. We got stopped just before the summit, about 100’ of snow blocked the last of the spur road right at the summit. The snow out in the open was melted, but in the trees there was still 2 to 3 feet of hard pack. I would say the snow starts to hinder riding just around 5800'.

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    This was the highest point we made it during the weekend, and I’m sure with a little more effort we could have found a way around the snow. Im not familiar enough with the surrounding area to know how this snow would affect the other roads and connecting routes. I really look forward to returning to the area to cover some longer distances later in the summer.


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    Be sure to consider both ends as the far end may be blocked. I like to go up to Cooper Mtn Road and Grade Creek each mid-June for my ham radio VHF contests and there is a snow chute just south of the South Fork Gold Creek road intersection that takes a long time to melt out. It is 31 miles to Chelan and 11 to South Navarre Campgound and 14 miles to Methow at the intersection.

    http://sdrv.ms/LK0DE3 Signpost at intersection
    http://sdrv.ms/Mc62tl Picture of the Snow chute June 11, 2006
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  20. T.Low

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    Valueable information, there, amigos, keep it coming.
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