Route Suggestions: Wenatchee Wa to Kalamath Falls Oregon

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  1. WSobchak

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    Destination changed... my training is actually going to be held in Cottage Grove Oregon, not Klamath Falls.



    So my employer will pay me to travel (on my KTM690) from Wenatchee Washington to COTTAGE GROVE Oregon but I have to leave Wenatchee sunday morning and arrive by 6 pm Monday in kalamath Falls.

    I'm on a KTM 690 with a pretty comfy seat and a windshield so super slab isn't preferred but its doable. A little dirt, a lot of twisty 50-60mph roads and nice scenery/corners would be great.

    Give me a route and if you really feel generous a GPX file! :D


    aaannnnndddd GO!
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    Hwy 97?:huh

    it's really an awesome road,,at 110 mph.

    otherwise,,,well , you know.
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    Oh,,and it's Klamath Falls,,home of the mighty PELICANS!:clap
    Do a google map search,,destination,,tell it to avoid main highways,,turns a 6 hour ride into almost 12,,,depending,,
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  4. dhally

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    US 395 from Pendleton down to Burns has some nice twisties. South of Burns not so much. Highway 97 is thick with tourists this time of year.
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  5. Sethro303

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    I'm not that familiar with Oregon, but as far as Washington goes, what about......

    WABDR from Wenatchee to Ellensburg, Starting Up Number 2 Canyon Road then pick up the track south from there

    HWY 820 - Canyon Road through the Yakima River Canyon

    HWY 97 towards Toppenish, then HWY 22 towards Mabton

    Glade Road (Mabton-Bickleton Road on the Google Map) South all the way to Goldendale. Really nice road, I ride it all the time. Bluebird Cafe in Bickleton has great burgers.

    Should put you in Oregon in the early evening, probably 260 or so miles to get to Biggs Junction.
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  6. WSobchak

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    Thanks for the ideas... just a reminder I'm heading for Cottage Grove OR now, not Klamath falls.

    I like the idea of doing some of the WABDR on the way down. I rode it last year and it was a blast. Mabton-Bickleton Road looks good to.

    I can't find Hwy 820 or Canyon Road but it sounds pretty twisty and very interesting.

    Please keep ideas coming.
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  7. Sethro303

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    Canyon road travels south out of Ellensburg along the Yakima River Canyon. It starts at I-82 exit 109(?). Also, it's Hwy 821.....sorry.


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    follows the river thru the reservation,,,wonderful road! Years ago,,you could fly!,,now,,,:huh

    DO NOT SPEED ON THAT ROAD!,,,unmarked res. cops will nail you!
    lookout for a light grey Dodge charger, but they have others too! They won't hesitate to follow you, and match you turn for turn,,and it's their road,,you won't shake them!:deal
    This is FUN,,until the red and blue starts flashing.:lol3
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    Canyon road isn't reservation, but it is very well patrolled by LEOs. Just stay somewhat close to posted speed and you won't have an issue.
    Once you meet up with Hwy 97 out of Yakima then you are on the Yakama Reservation which is patrolled by Tribal Patrol as well as WSP and YSO. That stretch of road is pretty straight so just keep to the posted and you won't have any problems at all.



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  10. WSobchak

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    Thanks for the warnings... I'll be sure to watch my speed through there.

    Any ideas for Oregon?
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  11. wsmc831

    wsmc831 Been here awhile

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    With only two days you are really limited. If you had a week I'd suggest down obcdr5 to Prineville, west on 4 to Sisters and down the best route, 3 to Cottage grove. Did the 4/3/2/5 loop 2 years ago on my 690, fantastic ride.

    97 is the worst road in the state for riding, at least the section from Bend to KFalls.
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    Wbedient - how was your ride and which route did you end up taking?
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    It is next week/ weekend... still looking at options for routes. I think I'll have to settle for enjoying the ride on pavement and forget about taking much dirt in the interest of time.
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  15. Sethro303

    Sethro303 Master of Disaster

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    Yup, lack of riding time is something I can definitely relate to :puke1

    But if riding time suddenly becomes available, don't forget about the Wallowa Valley Adventure Jambo.
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    Air_Bob Been here awhile

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    I don't know if they are snow free, but they probably are. I've ridden most of this route and really enjoyed it.
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  18. WSobchak

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    GPS route loaded, bike packed and getting ready to head out a little early so I can enjoy the ride. If you see a 690 with bags and an ADV sticker give me the ol' ADV Salute!

    :fyyff
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    Enjoy my route. :-)
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    So Friday I Left the house and ten miles later I was soaked in a downpour. Then did highway 97 to Wenatchee and the wabdr to Ellensberg. that was great. Next day I shivered my way along the GPS route and got a little wet. Windy and cold. Goldendale to Oregon was great weather and a good road. Went into Oregon and my GPS route stopped working. Went back and met some advers that told me about the black dog rally. Camped there and took a different route the next day. It rained and snowed on me along the 35 highway and got soaked through my rain gear. Dried off in Madris then went to Redmond. Cold and windy again. Up to sisters and over the pass on the 126 and got drenched again. Rained all the way to the hotel. Standing water on I5 and probably the hardest rain I have ever road in. Teeth chattering, soaked and shivering I made it to the hotel.

    Probably the worst bike trip I have been on but still had a good time.

    Skipped the forest service roads by govt camp because locals said it had a bunch of logs down and I Had a tight schedule and no GPS track or decent map. Maybe the trip back will be better.
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