Lost Coast Loop

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  1. KSO

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    My wife and I are headed to Shasta Lake in May for an RDL seat on our K1600gtl. Is that loop worth it? I read that certain portions are rough. Potholes maybe some gravel and that they are or are getting ready to do some paving. So what do you think.

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  2. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    You want to ride Usal Road on the K16? :eek

    By Loop do you mean coming in through Mattole at the north (Honeydew) then along King Ridge to the Shelter Cove road, then continuing south on Usal? Many portions of King Ridge and Usal are rough.
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  3. KSO

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    Ferndale following the Mattole Rd south to Honeydew and over to 101.
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    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    No problem :thumb
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  5. avejoe

    avejoe Been here awhile

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    One of the bestest loops ever!

    A few miles before you hit 101 one the south portion of your loop is the Rockefeller Forest. I highly recommend taking at least 30 minutes and walking around. A few miles past that is Founders Grove. Don't miss that. Lastly, take Ave. of the Giants south of Founders Grove. These three places represent some of the very best redwood examples. IMG_0624.JPG
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  6. TwilightZone

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    >"Many portions of King Ridge and Usal are rough."

    Might depend on how 'experienced' the pillion is.
    You gotta be prepared to dodge the potholes and slip-outs.
    See what the winter brings !

    IMHO: Best ride is North to South. (Start at Ferndale).
    For a longer ride... Ferndale/Honeydew/Ettersburg Road/Shelter Cove/Chemise Mtn/Whitethorn/Briceland/Redway.
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  7. Foot dragger

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    I pinch flatted out by Petrolia on my DR,the potholes are pretty darn big. A person would want to know how to miss them on a nice streetbike.
    While I was fixing the flat I was talking to a guy who had crashed his Goldwing bouncing out of one pothole and into another,dented rim but he rode on after waving off the ambulance.
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  8. Andrew

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    If anyone ever gets the chance, stop in at the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department and give 'em a handshake, or a beer, or $20. Those guys drop everything when the call comes in, and haul ass over roads and beaches and trails to get to people who need help. Some of the very best people you could hope to meet.
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  9. Foot dragger

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    Nice. The locals in Petrolia came by and helped whilst I fixed a flat in the market parking lot,I had a small pump they brought out a big compressor,some cardboard to put under the wheel,then found me a patch after a while. Nice folks.
    Ive heard the food is good at the restaurant just out of town. Lost Coast is for sure a really scenic nice loop,taking it easy on a big streetbike is the way to go.

    (Usal is not a Big Streetbike road,Im sure it could be done but would suck heavily)
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  10. TwilightZone

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    >"Ive heard the food is good at the restaurant just out of town"

    Food is good at the 'Yellow Rose' restaurant in Petrolia... but a little bit expensive.
    The Yellow Rose was recently for sale. I dunno if it sold or if the food has changed now.
    Might do a little run down there and see if it's still ok.

    IMHO: Best food is at the 'No Brand Burger Bar'... on the
    west end of the Honeydew store. (If it's open.)
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  11. oldoval

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    Just my opinion, but Mattole road on a big touring bike two-up would suck. Just too rough for the payoff you get. I did it on a Super Tenere solo last year and I still thought it was a ball buster.

    I loved the Avenue of Giants. Albee Creek Campground off Mattole is a pretty magical place to spend the night.
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  12. Foot dragger

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    That's what I think also,its too beat up,too slow a going. Hard to miss every sharp edged pothole.
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