Naches Recon Ride

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

  1. gentry

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    Holy mother of god....good riding. Tech 8's are missing a chunk.... DRZ is missing chunks..... Tire Iron straightened out Tony's KLR..... Need some new riding gear....thank god tony had some tape!

    Beautiful day, weather was good. Deep mud, slick mud, roots, rocks, big rocks, pointy rocks, insane uphills with big roots and rocks and insane downhills with the same...

    Spectacular views.

    Talcum-Powder hill.....ouch.


    More later. Need beer now.

    Cheers
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  2. gentry

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    Stosh - we missed ya but to be very honest I doubt there was any way that GS would have made it....

    I hope the bike is running well!
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  3. Stosh23

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    Holy New Tyres....

    Well I am glad I ate breakfast, had coffee and went the Green Valley Rd route.

    Enjoy
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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.





    PS: Tony's go the pictures. I took a short video too. Dunno when Ill get it on the interweb.
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    I was going to try and make it out on Sunday. Will you be doing GS-able roads on Sunday, or the real gonzo shit??
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    Holy Gonzo Shit HERE I COME! whoohooo

    maybe I will drive the truck down hahaha....
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    I can tell you the new trailwings and the beast are staying home for this one.

    Just more beer for the b-day bash. See you there !!

    Enjoy
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    Gentry:

    I sold a bike to a guy who lives in that area. Naches is his home riding area. I forwarded your trip report to him and have asked several questions about trials and camping in the area. Maybe he will have suggestions about where to ride. I've also asked about enforcement of licensed vehicles, i.e. do the locals ride dirt bikes there. I have his work address so won't hear anything until the week starts.

    Did you learn anything new about lodging/camping?
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    Locals ride all sorts of vehicles around there but the local forest service guys are tough and they set up checkpoints sometimes. So everything must be street legal.

    I'm thinking of turning this run into a possible one-day event because of the likely exclusion of the GS riders etc. Many of the trails I had taken my GS on some time ago were just muddy bogs pits at the moment.

    At the moment a day's full riding in that stuff would be enough and Im wondering if getting down there saturday afternoon riding FS roads etc and then camping out for the night and riding all sunday on the gnarly stuff is the best idea. Particularly with Luca's friday party. That would also mean guys Like Stosh & Luca could meet up and take off into the FS roads etc if they wanted to (well worth it) on sunday as well.

    Whaddya y'all think? Im starting to lean towards a saturday campout off of 410 somewhere. There a ton of great locations near the "American River."

    Anyone thinking of bringing their wives/girlfriends?

    Cheers

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    Its DRZ heaven :thumb
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    If this becomes a 1 day-er, I would like to get a Roll Call going so we can see about carpooling or riding down in a group.

    I can drive my truck down with 1 other bike (and room to spare for gear) if someone feels like splitting gas costs or I can split gas with someone else if they have room for me and my bike and my gear.

    I am not totaly opposed to the idea of riding the bike down but for security's sake I would like to have a vehicle to store my camping equipment in while I am riding in the dirty bits.

    I would like to be there for 2 days but one is good enough.
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    I think a roll call is a good idea. I'd be interested in two days for sure. I'd recommend caging down as well as both my bike and Tony's took some damage. At this point I'll plan on the wife stayin' home.

    So far (?)

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    MAYBE:

    davidovich
    Stosh23 (?)
    Guglione (sunday)
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  13. das Rider

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    I'd like to study my maps of the area, gazetteer, atlas, Forest Service, TOPO! with USGS coverage of Washington. Where exactly are you talking about going? Tell me how far down what Highway you go or the towns you pass through, where you plan to park/camp. Or give me geographic coordinates from a GPS.

    If it's camping, fine by me, I'll have a truck camper, fully self contained. Plus a 7x14 enclosed trailer for the bikes, so there would be room for other people's gear to be locked up. I might even be able to offer someone a ride down. I'll also have a generator and lights for night repairs.

    My rig, so you can recognize me. Bikes subject to change.

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    If it is FS roads and Medium to difficult GS stuff I am IN. If it is the 3 foot mud pits with boulders the size of Luca's nads I am OUT.

    I will come up Saturday and depending on how many go the route my GS needs to go - I may stay or bail. I would prefer to stay round the fire....but we shall see.....

    Enjoy
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    Hi,
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    Suggestions welcome but I'd figure we could stay at "Kaner Flats" which is 4 to 5 miles west of Cliffdell. This is a nice place from what I hear and it would allow us to head off to Whistlin' Jacks in the morning for Gas etc and then head into the hills. I would like to do the ride back up to Government Meadows/Funny Rocks/Moon Rocks and then head over to the Monashtash ridge area. I havent checked yet but I believe we can pop out east of our campsite and head back. This would not be GS'able.

    How about we do this ride all day saturday then spend the night and have a leisurely time exploring above cliffdell? That would be something the GS riders could come on.

    Thoughts?

    :ear
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    I'm all for sitting around the camp fire and would prefer to be with everyone else. As long as the truck can make it down the road/through the trees I'll be ok. It's 4x4. Keep me in mind. I'm open to just GSing it on FS roads if there are other GSers who are coming. And there is a chance I will have found a thumper by then.
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    Yeah, Im all for a good time. We didnt go to that campground but I believe you could get to it. I'll try find out more. It would be good if the guys on the GS's could ride at least a day. I swear that trail wasnt that bad last time! :lol3 Some of the crap Tony and I rode yesterday was so rutted and sheer that a GS clutch would last all of five minutes and above all I dont want anyone to get hurt. By GS I mean BMW 11xx bikes because of their size and weight.

    I will look around to see if there is a bypass route around the "Talcum hill". I think the GS riders could get up there if that one obstacle wasnt there. I know for sure there is an alternate route to the east further but I am not sure. It is an alternate route to Funny Rocks. There is a dirt road off of 410 that you can take. Its been four years since I did that one though so Im not sure what shape it is in. I guarantee a GS could run it though if it is still open.



    Ill get more info as the week progresses.

    Tony has Pix somewhere that might be helpful but I believe he's busy working on a KLR today.

    At the very least the fire roads give view points second to none and it is always a good time out there.
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    fixed :D
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    Nice!


    I learned yesterday:
    - Tony is faster downhill
    - Tony was a mud-virgin and I got to pop his cherry
    - KLR's do not like mud + root comninations
    - I am faster uphill
    - Tony runs into and through stuff (bang)
    - I run over and off of stuff (crash)
    - DRZ's tend to become airborn quite easily
    - Need to carry tape in the future to keep pants on (thankyou Tony)
    - Need to get bigger coffee and sleep more than 2 hours before embarking on such a ride. (zzzzzzzzz)
    - Should have eaten cheeseburger when Tony did before ride. I felt like a Snicker's add. (tree? What tree?)





    :thumb
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