Naches, Funny Rocks, Moon Rocks, Wagon Trail.

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by gentry, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. gentry

    gentry For Reasons Unknown...

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    I think a Dakar would be just fine. There are some good places to meet along the way on 410. I've gotta check. I might go on a recon ride this weekend if I get time.

    Cheers

    Chad
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  2. das Rider

    das Rider Professional Hobbyist

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    I was wondering how I was going to get riding gear for two days, street clothes and personal effects on a thumper and run the mountains with it all. Now the flood gates are open. My 4x4 quad cab pickup, Lance camper, and 7x14 enclosed trailer MIGHT hold all the stuff I'll need for two days, if my wife and boys stay home. I might even bring multiple bikes.

    So back to my original question; if we are going to ride from and to the same trailhead, can I make this ride on an unlicensed (no plate) WR250F, or will I need a license plate? Are these Forest Service roads or ORV trails you are planning to ride? Will you be breaking out onto roads throughout the day?
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  3. gentry

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    Officially its DS but Ive seen non plated bikes around. Im waiting a bit (not much longer) to finalize plans depending on who comes with what bikes.

    Its looking like KLR/DRZ/GS group stuff.
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  4. soulbooty

    soulbooty gentrywife

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    I've done a bit of research and calling around for accommodations. Whistlin Jack's is booked out for that weekend, though I found this place by accident.

    http://www.silverbeach.biz/

    $49.50 + tax for motel room

    All the cabins are booked out but the motel is still open. Looks pretty alright..and for those who would rather camp - it's all there. They have a restaurant too!

    Dunno if it's a good location - you'll have to let me know what you all think...

    For all the ladies out there who aren't riding and want to come along, we could go for a hike or lounge on the beach while the others are out. I'll keep you posted on more options if I find any...
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  5. gentry

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    Wot?!? My better half scare everyone off??

    She may have her own wheels by then.... :D
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  6. GSguy

    GSguy Here's a quarter.

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    Naw were just pm'ing her, she's way nicer :rofl
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  7. gentry

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    And better lookin'...... :D
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  8. das Rider

    das Rider Professional Hobbyist

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    I'm planning on making that ride for both days. I'll camp unless we find a place to accommodate everyone with soft beds and hot showers. I'll bring the GS and ride what I can plus I'm hot on the trail of something single track oriented.
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  9. gentry

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    Ill lecher know. Recon ride planned for saturday...
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  10. Guaglione

    Guaglione Country mice

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    Chad, as big as you are, I think she is probably your better third....
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  11. gentry

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    Yeah, she's a decent sheila. I think Ill keep her :evil











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  12. gentry

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  13. gentry

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    OK,
    The recon ride showed that there were four types of trail conditions around naches at the moment. Probably due partially to the cooler, wetter weather this year.



    - The lower trails headed off of "Little Naches Road" which are usually dry, dirty and fun as well as being easily run by a GS are a soupy quagmore of bike-destroying proportions. It made Reiter Pit look easy.
    Experienced riders only
    Thumpers or Insane GS' riders only
    Mud-holes up to 3 and a half foot deep in places
    Slicker than snail-snot
    Tree Roots, Rocks & Dirt as well as the mud
    Semi-aggressive to aggressive tyres required
    Bike armor recommended (human too!)


    - Higher trails above "Little Naches" road
    Most are easily run by a thumper and the "good" rated trails could also be run by a GS. Singletrack and not much room for error. Think "Roller Coaster."
    The trails that Tony and I apparently didnt notice were marked "Difficult" were quite a hoot. Tight single track with roots, rocks, dirt, puddles and steep uphill and downhill climbs with switchbacks. Experienced riders only. Damn good chance you will go down. Little bridge-crossings too.
    Some parts are corrigated for runoff and can pose an intimidating scene. Liberal use of throttle advised.
    Lots of fun
    Thumpers only
    Semi-aggressive to aggressive tyres required
    Experienced riders only
    Bike armor required (Human too!)

    - Fire roads above Whistlin' Jacks and around Naches
    Fun for all!


    - Roads and trails above Milk Pond Road
    Fire road parts are fun. Several "shortcuts" including a long, steep, rocky and quite gnarly uphill dash over roots and gouges. Involuntary wheelies quite frequent. Heavy Jeep Traffic on the fire roads.
    Entering the higher parts of the ridges the views are utterly spectacular. The main fire road enters into and off-road trail that is GS/Thumper friendly. However it soon results in an uphill that Tony and I aptly named "Talcum-Powder Hill." At first glance it appears as a steep uphill climb with three trail options. However upon commitment and making it up a third of the way we noted that several inches of apparent "dirt" were indeed slick powdery dust. Hence the occurence of DRZ and KLR "uprightedness" and a subsequent retreat to the bottom for a regroup.
    This hill is tough and I for one woud not try it on a GS.
    Above the hill is a trail covered in sharp rocks up to a foot high. Tough on tyres, armor required. Dont fall off....it would bloody hurt!
    Next section is "Government Meadows." Beautiful and fun and leads to Funny Rocks and Moon Rocks. We too the "Funny Rocks" tour, watched a Jeep catch on fire and then proceeded back down. Talcum-Powder Hill was a bitch going down too....
    Dont even think about doing this one on anything bigger than a KLR IMO.



    Thanks to Tony for towing the bikes in luxurious comfort there and back. Normally I would be embarrased that I did not ride there and back but im so damn sore and the bike needed a good inspection before road riding that I am more than grateful. Plus that trailer is badass. I want one.

    I have had Steel Pig Barbeque and Xingu's. Advil + Bed

    Thankyou and Goodnight.



    :thumb

    PS: Tony's go the pictures. I took a short video too. Dunno when Ill get it on the interweb.
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  14. Gremlin9340

    Gremlin9340 Been here awhile

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    I've been following this ride planning and was trying to find a way to meet up with you guys but wasn't sure if it was going to happen. Then I read the recon ride report and Gentry's commentary on a GS not being able to make it...Damn the gauntlet has been laid down. What is the final word on lodging? I couldn't figure out if you were staying at the lodge or camping? If I could meet you early on saturday morning 2 hrs from Portland, I am definately in!!!!

    Oh by the way I will be riding an GS1150 :evil

    Hey we need some other guys from the The Peoples Socialist Republic of Oregon to go. Road Rash? Anyone?
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  15. gentry

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    No more than it is for me. My main reason in saying a GS "wont make it" is that I dont want anyone to get messed up. By all means be my guest. Iver ridden an 1150GSA on many of those trails in the past. I dont have kids n stuff to feed tho'....... I just try to look out for the group.


    Come one, come all!


    You can lead for all I care :lol3
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  16. gentry

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    It would be damn smooth to meet some of the Oregon crew too :thumb


    What's your beer preference?
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  17. GSguy

    GSguy Here's a quarter.

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    I think Road Rash is still wanted in the state of Washington :D I've been thinking I may have a chance to run up Saturday and hit some of the easy trails with the training wheels. :lol3
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  18. Stosh23

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    Dale,

    Keep me posted - I will make the run with you.
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  19. GSguy

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    yea I was going to start sending smoke signals your way as we got a little later in the week. Right now I stand a firm maybe and just some of the flat land stuff because I don't think I'll get time to put tires on the ride yet.
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