Riding Around the Hood

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Apple Jam, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. liftedlimo

    liftedlimo PNW Stump Jumper

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    Do I have to get the KTM colored orange duct tape? Because my BMW Dakar took special BMW farckled duct tape or else I would get laughed at by the other BMW guys quoting wind speed velocity tear resistance numbers and such:D
  2. asrvivor

    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    Well if the obdr is in your future, you'll need the orange 15mph max tape. We didn't go faster than that. Although you could always double wrap the 10mph tape and make it really tuff. In all reality Jeffs bike owned the obdr. It was the beast that could. With all the little dings and dangs it kept running like a tank. So 990 is highly recommended in my book. Plus it carries enough gas to go from mexico to Canada.
  3. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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  4. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    Got a question for ya, Still Creek Rd. 12/2612 from Rhododendron up to Trillium Lake, is it open? Just looking for a route to get "CrashClays" KLX 250 off HWY 26 for as long as possible. Trying to put a ride together over Lolo Pass and then down the Barlow Rd. and out to Maupin.
  5. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Last time I road 2612 near rhodody, the very beginning part had a major washout. I had to detour a bit, I took still cr/nf10/marion to nf2612.
  6. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Rode it a year ago, & just passed by it yesterday, wishing I had time.
    A year ago tells you nothing about a possible washout,
    but it was a good gravel road with just a few bumps early last year.

    The FS2613 road starts from Still Creek Rd near Trilliam Lake and rides the North border of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.
    It goes in about 20+ miles back to a small but pretty Kinzel Lake.
    It's an out-&-back road only, but borders the S-H Wilderness most of the way, so it's very cool.
    Good dirt-only road with a few rocky sections, but nothing like Bennett Pass

    PS: PM Squishy, threecows and mtbdemon about Still Creek Rd.
    Chances are very good one of these FFs have ridden it very recently.
  7. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    I sent a message to Squishy and have not heard back yet :huh, starting to think we might have to do a well fare check on that boy!
  8. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Fookin Teaser !!
    I couldn't stand it anymore, ya bastid.
    Ya just HAD to make me ride Bennett Pass Di'nt ya....

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    It was a bit darker, when I was up there last night,
    and the cell phone pic is definitely a bunch crappier,
    but I just had to get a shot on that rockslide roadcut.
  9. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    If any of you FFs go ride Bennett Pass Rd, that borders the West side of the Badger Wilderness,
    you MUST take the time when you get a view of Jean Lake below you,
    to climb the 100 feet to the top of the shale rock hilltop above you.

    From this vantage point void of trees,
    you get to see Mt Hood IN YOUR FACE,
    Mt Jefferson,
    The Three Sisters,
    Mt Adams,
    Mt Rainier,
    and St Helens.

    If you get there right at Sunset (and forget the good camera),
    you can get a sequence of shots like these.....

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    Then,
    if you zoom the crappy digital zoom on the crappy cell phone camera to the max,
    you can get shots like these:

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    And,
    just to prove you actually rode there,
    you gotta get yer bike in a shot, too:

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  10. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    You need to stop breaking your bike so that you can buy a camera Jeff! :rofl
  11. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Nice shots non the less aj! Beautiful location :clap


    If you happen to have your good camera with you and you want that shot of the sun and the mountain set your f/stop as low as it will go (big number) and play with the shutter speeds until you get that nice sun burst effect.
  12. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    AJ, you're having way too much fun on that big bike. Those Bennitt pass area pics bring back a lot of memories. My buddy worked in a warehouse back in the day so he would fill up his truck bed with wood pallets and we would drive up to Bonney Butte via bennett pass and build these big ass (non-indian style) fires. Followed by a good open flame steak and potato dinner. I can taste it now...

    Road a loop last weekend up behind bagby HS on NF-7010 going up and over into the mollalla drainage and found a new washout from this season:D. Pretty steep down and up into the pit but borderline doable with a little bike, the alternative workaround for this one, coming from the bagby side, would be 40+ miles.

    the potential washout on still cr is a non-event either way. The workaround was less than a 1/4 and no pavement involved in the workaround. I would wager it's fixed by now given the location next to the hwy.


    ** edit added approx map link
  13. dale2011

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    Still Creek Rd. is in great condition. You could do it in a car with no damage.
  14. XB12R

    XB12R Long timer

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    I procured some great info on Suicide grade and the Upper Mill Creek Community. I have maps of the community including home sites and graves. I have all the names of the residents. If you interested in getting a copy let me know. I'm in TD every week.

    Also, I think McCrudy has the most capable bike (640 right?) to try Suicide grade, I think he should give it a try and report back.

    That's all.
  15. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    AJ is going to have to show me where it is first! Then I let you know.... :wink:
  16. XB12R

    XB12R Long timer

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    I'd do it as I'm married and have little to live for, I just don't want to destroy my bike. :rofl
  17. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    All this talk about it makes me want to take my WR250 up there. I'm sure I could make it. :D :evil
  18. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    I have a book, written back in the 70s, about the old Mill Creek community and sawmills that existed at the turn of the century.
    But no map, except a small hand-drawn-ish map in the book, drawn by the author, from one of the old residents' (likely fading) memory.

    The map would be a bonus to my book (autographed by the authors!!)

    There were still two building foundations up there, when I was up there last, maybe 8-10 years ago.
    I had to walk my mountain bike up that steep-ass deteriorated grade then, but the ride at the top was fairly flat atop that ridge.
    It'd be a fun trip, again.

    Let's GO!!!!!
  19. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    AJ, perhaps you could post up a quick gpx file with a waypoint or GE my places map with an approx location? Sounds like it might be a cool place to visit with the little bikes. Or would this be giving away the receipe for the tribal secret sauce?
  20. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    http://oregon.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,1,fid,1156999,n,suicide%20grade.cfm

    Out Mill Creek rd, just South of the end of the pavement,
    is a little non-descript dirt road heading East, down to the bottom of the valley.
    7152 Mill Creek Rd is the last house on the pavement, where I grew up.

    You'll ford Mill Creek right off the bat, and it should get funner as you go up the other side.

    Come down to Mill Creek from Ketchum on that grade we stopped for a view that day, and you'll have a good rough ride.

    When you coming out our way again?