State of Jefferson Trade Route

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  1. shasta650

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    b.JPG "State of Jefferson",aka far norther,Ca. /southern Oregon (trying to secede from the union) I read about a proposed OHV route from Yreka ,Ca. to the coast near Smith River,Ca.,, named the "State of Jefferson Trade Route" found a map at (scorr-usa.org )" Siskiyou County Off Road Riders " site and after much map study a friend and I decided to check it out on our legal dual sport bikes, a dr650 and drz400. On the map the route is about 225 miles one way,using mostly dirt Forest Service rds in various condition ,some pavement for,gas /stores The route covers a very remote special area of Norcal, So.oregon. We live in Mt. Shasta and did some of our own variations to hook up with the route west of Yreka
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    coast1.jpg Left Mt.Shasta,cool perfect morning,We've had huge thunderstorms lately ,no dust. Mt.Shasta, over 14,000 ' buried in the clouds
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    I'll summarize the route while I figure out the pic thing,,, it worked a couple days ago? SCORR marked this rt. using USFS maps, Klamath and Siskiyou maps We went from Mt.Shasta up over Scarface ,rd to Fort Jones (gas,etc) and intercepted the rt. west of Yreka in the Scott Bar mtns . Rode down to the Scott river, some pavement to the dirt up to Lake mtn in the Marble mtns. This all burned last year all the way to Happy Camp,thousands of acres, Due to the fires and recent t- storms we hit some tricky mudslides on our way down Walker crk to Seiad (gas etc) continued on to Happy Camp. Largest town on hwy 96 along the Klamath River. Wandered various awesome dirt rds. up to Page mtn on the Oregon border, We camped next to a beautiful creek surrounded by huge cedar trees. Took off in the cold morning fog to O'Brien Or. on hwy 199 Gas food etc. next followed the historic Weimer rd. to the N.Fork of the Smith River crossing, spectacular riding and views!!.. Next onto High Divide rd to Rowdy crk and into the Town of Smith River THE COAST!! , beautiful,,, hung out at the mouth of the Smith River ,watched hundreds of seals waiting on the Salmon run to start It worked !!! 235 miles Spectacular route. Thanks Siskiyou Off Rd. Riders for your mapping efforts
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    7a.jpg 003.JPG Cross the Scott River and head up into the Marble Mtns over Lake mtn. Skipped the side trip to the Lookout,,Raining[​IMG]
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    coast3.jpg [[​IMG][/ Last years raging wild fires,and recent heavy thunderstorms created this fun rocky Goop. Walker crk drainage heading down to Seiad Valley
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    mud.jpg mud1.jpg View attachment 595557 [ It made for a long afternoon ,had to navigate thru about 6 of these mucky ,rocky , log infested, fun puzzles. Success,,,on to Downtown Happy Camp...Food Beer ,Gas[​IMG]
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    CoastalTrip2.jpg [​IMG]Marble mtns,Scott River drainage , gonna get wet
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    coast4.jpg [​IMG]After some poking around ,found an awesome camp site near Page mtn ,just into Oregon,,Fog ,big trees(Port Oroford Cedars) and water,,,,nice !
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    coast9.jpg [​IMG]Headed out in a cool morning fog towards O'Brien, Or. Wandered Down a beautiful 2 track rd into Takilma. Many Pot Gardens in this part of the world, it's the economy stupid ! Some pavement to O'Brien on the Redwood hwy for gas etc. Got on the "historic" Weimer rd ,up over Oregon mtn towards Smith River country !
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    coast5.jpg [​IMG]Looking out over the N. Fork of the Smith River, huge wildfire here some years ago .I think this is the only major undammed river system in Calif , I was lucky enough to have kayaked this incredible ,pristine, section down to the Main Smith in the Redwoods, water so clear its like flying over the river bottom.. Nickel Mining companies are trying to get approval to strip mine here ,so much for Salmon and Steehead if it happens!
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    coast6.jpg [​IMG] Traveled up out of the Smith River drainage out High Divide rd. , Dropped down thru some Redwood logging areas out to some pavement to The Mouth of the Smith river at the Pacific coast !!! Hard to believe we're here !,Awesome route,and no issues. Rode about 80 miles from last nights camp for a trip total,Mt.Shasta to Smith River of 230 miles
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    046.JPG [​IMG]Ahhhh the life! ,seals hanging at the river mouth waiting on the salmon to show up. we enjoyed the sights and sounds of the coast for awhile before figuring out how to head back. It was late afternoon ,,we decided to slab back to OBrien on hwy 199 thru the Redwoods, then take the Grayback rd,to Happy Camp for food ,beer ,gas and camp on a friends property on the Klamath River
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    062coast8.jpg [​IMG] Next morning headed north out of Seiad valley to explore the proposed "Siskiyou National Monument". We.ve done overnite rides thru this area several times, Seems to be a very little used part of our world,considering it's a proposed national monument. We follow F.S. roads north to Siskiyou Ridge for a roughly 50 mile ,very scenic ridge ride east to the summit of Mt Ashland, This route sort of follows the Pacific Crest Trail, incredible views,terrain etc.
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    coast7.jpg [​IMG]Looking north into Oregon, special spot called "Alex's Hole" ,Cascading springs into the valley below,,like to camp here next time
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    21a.jpg DSCF0598.JPG [​IMG]Always visit the Dutchman Pk Lookout, Pleasant Forest Service lady spends fire season here and likes bikes ! Amazing views in all directions of course
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