The Tunnel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by jjdun7, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. p0wn

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  2. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    The Wilcott tunnel is an easy find. Glad you guys had fun. That's a great canyon to explore. :clap

    " but I'm wondering if there will ever be another goldmine like this one." I'm working on that right now. Goldmine? Oregon's loaded with them. But that's off-topic. :rofl
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  3. smeghead

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    Funny... I was just figuring out how to minimize the "hiking in motorcycle boots" necessary to get to Enright :)

    I am out of town this weekend unfortunately but next weekend is fair game :evil
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  4. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    You're on the right track. Pun intended :lol3
    As far as power lines, that's the starting point, you head north from there. As far as I know there's only one tunnel. It's called the "Nehalem divide tunnel".
    you guys seem to be finding all the correct information. If you follow this link it'll give you some more clues.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21035583&postcount=3172
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  10. smeghead

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    Found Enright, and added to the map! If we'd have gone much further west we probably would have run into the still-operating portion of the railroad. No new tunnels, but abandoned rail cars, track-laying device, water fill tower, several bridges, some fun single track and lots of sweat.

    We didn't leave the tracks to explore the rest of Enright. There were no marked roads anywhere and it seemed particularly private.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/58694348@N00/map?&fLat=45.6908&fLon=-123.4811&zl=12&order_by=recent

    Btw, timely article:
    http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/153771-rails-project-could-link-columbia-county-to-coast
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  11. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    Well it looks like I've got some scrambling to catch up with smeghead and p0wn. So after a very late start I headed on out Cochran pond and started riding the tracks. :ricky

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    Things are getting pretty overgrown through here. And of course as usual I forgot something. No, I remembered to light this time. I meant to grab a machete. Oh well. :cry

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    So I made my way through the first tunnel and started heading for the trestles and another tunnel.
    On the way there were a few interesting items. I got to ride a crossed a couple of little bridges. And a lot of natural takeover.

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    And then finally the first major landmark.

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    .......And the trestle. :clap

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    And on the other side, another water tank. There are several water tanks along this line. As this was one of the steepest grades through the Coast Range, these old steam engines would go through a lot of water.

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    Well after some more natural disaster I came to the next tunnel.

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    These tunnels are in surprisingly good shape.

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    And directly after the tunnel was another amazing trestle.

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    All along this route there is remains of old railroad memorabilia which helps to make it an even more interesting Adventure.

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    Well as I got over late start I'm quickly running out of daylight so I decided to start working my way back out.

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    and one final shot of Cochran pond before I hit the slab and get on home.

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    Well I hope you enjoyed this installment. I think there's only one tunnel I haven't been through yet. So I guess it's going to have to be one more outing to see and write. See you next time. :clap :thumb
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  12. Nick MN

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    I always like to see your new pictures, thank you so much for all of them!
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    Nice as always JJ. Lots of cool history there.
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    Thanks Scott. Looks like you guys had a great time on the Barlow. Looks like it's time for me to get back over in central Oregon. :ricky
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  15. smeghead

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    Nice job staying on the tracks out there. There are a few places where it is a real workout ! p0wn'd and I actually hiked most of that section. I don't recall what it was that stopped us - maybe we just needed a break from the spine jarring the RR ties dish out :baldy

    Btw, Enright is quite do-able from the west side. We didn't try the eastern approach because it was going to be just too difficult to get the bikes through the mess west of beaver slide. I am guessing that is where the last tunnel is though?

    It took nearly 2 hours to get home from Enright on the DRZ (30 minutes of that on RR track). Not looking forward to that seat for the ride out and back again :hmmmmm

    If/when you head out towards Enright shoot me a message. I am keen to ride that last bit that parallels Foss Rd. On the GS.

    -smeg
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  16. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    Yes that was definitely work. But well worth it. I'm getting better at getting in and out of the tracks. That XRL seemed to be getting heavier and heavier each time I had to pick it up. :lol3 I must be getting old.
    Yes I wanted to do Enright. But I didn't get out of town until after three o'clock. You bring up an interesting prospect that I hadn't thought about. How far can you ride from Foss Road to the coast? :evil
    I don't know, I need to get back into my multi-day rides.
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  17. jjdun7

    jjdun7 Been here awhile

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    Okay, I know it's been a long time since I've added anything to the story. But I've been on other adventures. :evil (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=902765) So when I last left off I was only missing one or two tunnels. Getting a late start, that seems to be common with me, I headed out to Foss Road where it crosses the Salmonberry River. Right from the beginning it's very very overgrown. But in a short distance it started to get more reasonable.

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    I soon came to my first little bridge. The Salmonberry River is a beautiful little river that runs through the Coast Range with crystal-clear waters.

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    And then, it’s into the lush green tunnel. :huh Well okay, it's not like you think it is but you know what I mean.

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    And that's just a sample of how overgrown it's getting through here. As you'll see it get worse. But the next thing I come across is little bit bigger bridge.

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    Onward down the tracks. Sometimes between the rails. Sometimes alongside the rails. :huh And sometimes right through the bushes. :eek1 Whatever it takes, this is after all an adventure,,,, right. :lol3

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    So if anyone has played around with Google Earth, which is a great place for adventure ideas, if you zoom in on the Salmonberry and start following the river. You can actually find several interesting items along the way. One of which is a bright yellow item that really stands out in the satellite view. Of course when you zoom in you can't really get very much detail. So here's your detail……

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    As I continue on I come across another bridge. Notice the debris up near the tracks and how far down it is to the river. If you go back through some of my older photographs in the story you can tell that they get a lot of storm damage through here. This whole canyon seems to be a storm magnet. That's why they finally shut the whole line down. It became too cost prohibitive to keep fixing it year after year from all the storms. :cry

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    So I continue my trek down the tracks.

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    … And I come across another old relic of history. At one time this line had several of these tanks along the way. Being a very steep grade these old steam engines went through enormous amounts of water.

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    Well with obstacles like this it's obvious I had to park the bike and I'm now on foot. This little tree was growing on the riverbank and completely up rooted and fell across the tracks. But it is still very much alive.

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    I know I know. What tree? :huh What tracks? Well if you look real close you can see the train tracks going right into that big mess. Now going back to Google Earth, zooming in, you can see some sort of metal structure. Very long. Sitting alongside the train tracks. I didn't know what that was until actually getting out here. It is several log hauling flatbed train cars.

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    Well after seeing all these train cars; I knew I made it to my first goal of the day. The old logging community of Enright. All that's left now is a few little cabins. I didn't get to take a very good look at them as they're all on private property. :(: But they're all in very good shape. And it looks as though they're used for weekend getaways. One of them, judging by the close hanging out on the clothesline, was occupied.

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    So the other main goal of this trip, yes there's a goal remember, tunnels. Yes, remember the title of the story? :deal Well there's at least one more that I haven't gone through. And almost in view of Enright I came to what I thought was the last tunnel. :clap

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    And like most of the tunnels on this line this was in pretty good shape to. But definitely on the short side.

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    And on the other side of the tunnel looking down on the river I noticed some old track. It's amazing the water can rip this out and take it downstream. The power of mother nature.

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    So looking at my GPS, I'd put down that there was a possible tunnel just a little bit farther up the line. So I continued hiking a little bit farther. You know, motorcycle riding gear isn't really the best thing for hiking. :hmmmmm Oh well I walked for a little ways and what to my surprise,,,,,,,

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    You guessed it. Another tunnel.

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    Well, one last look at the river and I think it's time to start heading back out.

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    As the sun is starting to go down and I have a 1 1/2 mile hike just to get back to my motorcycle. And then it a 4 mile ride back down the tracks. Shaking my bones and rattling my teeth out. I was in a hurry to at least get back to pavement before dark. So I didn't really shoot any more pictures. But, if you really want to go with me,,, you can just go backwards through the whole story. :deal :lol3

    So I think this concludes the story of “The Tunnel”. :mully It's been a long but very exciting adventure. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you have any questions or want to know anything about the whole adventure, feel free to ask away. :thumb I learned a lot on this adventure and I enjoy talking about. So like I always end these things,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    "Get out and explore"
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  18. TheAdmiral

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    This thread has been very interesting, not just the tunnel's, but all the old bridges, trestles, railway cars. Wonder why they left all the rails and logging cars and such, when they decided to abandon the tracks? Did they someday plan on returning perhaps? Really cool stuff and have enjoyed this thread a lot. Thanks for sharing.
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  19. Xanthophyll

    Xanthophyll Dirt Roads of MN

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    What a great thread! I don't know how I missed it before now. (and sooooo very jealous you have such great destinations to ride to!)
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    I'm loving this thread and pics. Any theme is suitable for exploring though I have to admit I gave up tunnels and caves long ago. I don't want to be an enabler but PM me your add'y and I'll send you one of my many spare little flashlights you can keep in your riding jacket pocket:D
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