WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Roonie, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    THAT'S ALL FOLKS! I do still have the complete catalog of Butler maps incl all the available BDRs.....Pricing $14.95ea + shipping. or ask me about sets.
  2. deeve

    deeve Adventure Lite

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    Just got it in the mail. GREAT map. Thanks!!
  3. deeve

    deeve Adventure Lite

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    Anyone know if there is weekend fuel in Nile ( midway section 2)?
    If not, any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Dave
  4. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    FWIW - We ran the WBCDR last weekend. Some notes
    - We were turned back from snow Takhlakh in route 3. Not sure how another thread said it was clear to Packwood as we had busted through some pretty long drifts before we came to the end of the road and there was an untouched field of snow as far as the eye could see. Fortuantely, backing down to Olallie lake on 5601 was a good alternative and fun ride.
    - Bethel ridge was awesome and good to go
    - Lion Rock Spring Lookout make a great camping spot!
    - Road 7100 in Section 6 was closed. We had to run down past Beehive lake and ran through Wenatchee
    - Road 5200 in Section 7 was closed for logging as was much of that mountain. We eventually headed more west and keeped prodding along until we could pass the logging. I think we did 7400, 7500 and 7520 to avoid the closed roads.
    - We only ran up to Section 10, as we then were headed to Hells Canyon and trying to avoid rain, but that's another story.
    - Enjoyed the route, was fun to blast down the roads on a little bike (WR250). There was an XR650, 630TE, DR650, KLR650 and a couple of WR250R/X's. All handled the ride fine, but the KLR could have used some suspension work. A bigger Adventure bike could have made the ride fine, but if you weren't really skilled, you'd be breaking parts/picking up stuff and moving slower. We took 3 days to ride through section 10 and didn't start until 1 or so the first day.

    Have fun.

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  5. deeve

    deeve Adventure Lite

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    I have done a search and checked out some of the maps on GPSfiledepot.com. I have not found it yet, but I also haben't downloaded a bunch either. Is there a topo, or otherwise, type of map I can download to my oregon 450 that shows the number of the Fire Roads to work in conjunction with my Butler map?
  6. roostar

    roostar Been here awhile

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    Is that a Warbonnet Blackbird? Can't wait to try mine on the trail.
  7. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I used my hammock (Hennessy Ultra Light Backpacker) on the WABDR. It worked very well.

    Tim
  8. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    "Current gas situation at Nile
    <hr style="color:#575757; background-color:#575757" size="1"> Anyone know if there is weekend fuel in Nile ( midway section 2)?"

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    Whistling Jack's west of Nile on 410 has gas & grub.
  9. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

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    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

    No a topo, but shows every road. Better than Garmin maps. Routable. FREE!
  10. tommybelvedere

    tommybelvedere Adv alacarte'

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    Whistlin Jacks has fuel (expensive) and to the east Eagle Rock store also has fuel. We were over there last weekend and that was the case.
  11. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    So if a motorcycle is street-legal and licensed in another state, are you good to go in Washington State?

    My brother-in-law in West Richland said that there was some type of OHV sticker that everyone has to buy, regardless, to be able to ride off-road in WA.
  12. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    No sticker, but you will need a Discovery Pass to ride the WABDR
  13. deeve

    deeve Adventure Lite

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    Thanks! I prefer the fire roads then topo data. I will give them a look!
  14. deeve

    deeve Adventure Lite

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    Hello, I keep coming up with questions, but our trip keeps getting minor tweeks, so I am trying to figure out the best route for this two-three day adventure.

    Realistically, how long does it take to run Section 1, Stevenson to Packwood. We dont want to be humping along, not enjoying the ride.

    Same question for section 2. Packwood to Ellensburg.

    For me, this trip is to see how the Ural and more importantly I do off road. I would like to run the whole thing next summer, so it is kind of a shakedown trip to work on my GPS, Map and Off Road riding.

    Our latest thoughts are running from Portland through Section 1, spending the night in Packwood on day one. On day two running a loop on part of (or whole of if it can be done) of Section 2 getting back to Packwood. On the final day running back down Section 1 to Stevenson then back to Portland.

    How realistic is that? ANy suggestions for the day 2 loop?

    Thanks!
    DAVE
  15. roostar

    roostar Been here awhile

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    Section 1 is an easy day. If you want to poke along and take your time, enjoy the views, you should be in good shape for a full day. I haven't done section 2 yet.
  16. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    We met up in Boring at 10am, and hit packwood about 7pm. We had a couple of mechanical issues and with 6 guys there was some waiting, but we did run a pretty spirited pace while we were moving. The re-routing around snow caused a little more time wasting.

    Packwood to Ellensburg is another 3-4 hours probably, but the Bethel Ridge section may slow down a URAL, there was lots of narrow twisty work arounds. Nice thing is you can always run back HWY 12 to Portland to get back, if you make it to Ellensburg or go any further like Lion Springs.

    I do recommend picking up the paper map if you haven't already.
  17. deeve

    deeve Adventure Lite

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    Perfect! Thanks for the advice. I do have a paper map and found already that it is a pretty good thing to have.

    DAVE
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  19. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Looks like you're gonna get lots o good use outta that WABDR map...ENJOY
  20. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    I noticed on the map on the first post of this thread it shows a section of the ride (south of Cashmere) closed due to a road being washed out.

    Does anyone know how recently that was posted, and if the road had been fixed yet?