The Durr Toll Road.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Macadam Drifter, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    The Durr Road is an old toll road built in the late 1800s that connected Ellensburg and Yakima. Supplies back in those days came up from The Dalles in Oregon and supplies places like Fort Simco, Yakima, etc.

    I had read about this road when I was at the library. Anyway today I decided to check it out. This road crosses the Manastash and Umptanum Ridges west of the Yakima River Canyon. The bike I used on this trip was my old faithful TW200 which I prefer to use when exploring new routes for the first time solo (because the bike is light and easy to muscle around).

    Anyway here are some pictures from today's ride.

    A view of Mt Stewart from the Kittitas Valley
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    Nice farm house just about 3 miles before getting on Durr Road. A little mirror action though its hard to see Mt Stewart is behind the mail box.
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    First homestead on Durr Road.
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    Mt Rainier from Durr Road on Manastash Ridge.
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    Durr Road looking north towards Mission Ridge.
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    Umptanum Creek a small creek crossing and rest stop.
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    Start of the climb up Umptanum Ridge.
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    AND the road goes up and up!
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    Summiting Umptanum Ridge. The little TW200 does it again!
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    A view into Selah Valley and Mt Adams in the distance.
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    The ride home was via SR 821 the Yakima River Canyon Road.
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    MkD
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  2. dopra

    dopra Been here awhile

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    nice photos
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  3. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    Do you need a permit to get through the Wenas Wildlife area or is the road open to any traffic?
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  4. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    cool pics, no permit needed. id like to do thaat road in the snow sometime.
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  5. BusyWeb

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    :clap
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  6. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    Here is a better pic of the TW200

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    Stewarts and Windmills in the Kittitas Valley from Durr Road

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    MkD
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  7. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Very good.
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  8. GB

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    Nice ride! What's the amber doodad on the front of the bike? :ear
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  9. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    That's a short stubby wind screen!

    Another picture so you can see it better.

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    MkD
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  10. Dekay

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    How many miles roundtrip? I live in West Richland, I would like to ride that route one of these days. Only problem is that I am old and slow! Do you live in the Yakima area? Thanks for posting!

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  11. Macadam Drifter

    Macadam Drifter Explorer of the Backroads

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    Dave

    I'm old and slow too-:shog .

    This ride is no problem-but there is one spot on the south side before the main climb where the road is a bit rough but you can find several good lines. Water run off has caused much of the road damage here.

    The Canyon Road is a good backhaul route.

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    I live in the Kittitas Valley and the one way distance of the Durr Road I estimate to be about 35-40 miles.

    MkD
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  12. Dekay

    Dekay Adventurer

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    Thanks for the info! I am kinda new to this ADV thing, but I love it. I will have to try and find some time and ride it. Looks like a fun little trip.
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  13. danceswithcages

    danceswithcages Been here awhile

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    I love riding the Yakima River Canyon and I've camped in there several times over the years.
    I never knew of the Durr Road though.

    May have to go looking for it now :D
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