Washington Backcountry Discover Route: WABDR Part 1 Stevenson to home in Leavenworth

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  1. ADVNCW

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    It was great!:D

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    Mt. St. Helens. On the approach to start the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route at Stevenson WA.
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    Mt. Adams from Trout Lake WA. I have skied that long south slope on the right 35 times as of July this year!
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    Mt. Adams north side.
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    Big trees. Old growth Douglas Fir in the Gifford Pinchot NF near Mt. Adams.
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    Bigger trees! Old growth Douglas Fir in the Gifford Pinchot NF near Mt. Adams.
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    Descending from near Mt. Adams to Randle, Mt. Rainier in view!
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    Cliff on Bethel Ridge, ascended after crossing White Pass to the east slope, the Wenatchee NF!
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    Camp on Bethel Ridge. Mt. Adams in view.
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    Dinner. Chicken en mole, rice, corn, red peppers.
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    Rimrock Lake and Mt. Adams from Bethel Ridge.
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    Mt. Rainier from Cleman Mountain.
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    Down into Wenas Valley.
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    Near Lion Rock on Table Mountain above Ellensburg. View to the north of Mt. Stuart, tallest peak of the Wenatchee Mountains- my home!
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    Haney Meadow. Our family camps here many times per season. Two summers ago I noticed a lot of dirt bikes and 'adventure' bikes passing when we camped. Then I learned of the WABDR, which passes here.
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    A view into Devil's Gulch, Mission Creek that flows into Cashmere WA, near my home in Leavenworth. Home soon for a rest day on Labor Day!

    After a day off, continuing to the north.
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    Roaring Ridge north of Leavenworth on the Entiat. I think these are the last nine trees of the late successional reserve on the Entiat...:huh
    Hundreds of thousands of acres of the Entiat burned in '70, '88' 94. Ten thousand ares are burning in the Entiat country today.:cry
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    Heading up from Lake Chelan after a burger.
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    North of hwy 20 up Loup Loup Cr. Nice shelter and camp at Rock Cr.
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    A proper coffee break. Starbucks coffee, sugar, milk in a 12 oz. Nalgene from REI:huh
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    Loup Loup Creek.
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    Cow and calf moose in a pond on Loup Loup Cr.
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    Nice country below Ruby.
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    Scotch Creek.
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    Scotch Cr. Nice ranch!
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    Good burger at the Tamarack Saloon.
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    Climbing up from Conconully, back in Western Larch country. Western Larch is commonly but incorrectly called tamarack.
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    Lone Frank Pass 6712.' The high point of the WABDR.
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    Loomis State Forest.
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    Little Chopaka Mtn.
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    Lunch on the mountain.
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    Descending Chopaka Grade. Similmakeen R. valley below. Spectacular!
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    An old cabin on the border.
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  2. Mike In Spokane

    Mike In Spokane Adventurer

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    grew up in wenatchee and worked at wenatchee cycle center when roberts owned it. I miss riding in that part of the state. Nice job.
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  3. ADVNCW

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    Thank you.:1drink

    Sadly, there are fires near Haney Meadow and on Mt. Lillian right now. The firefighting efforts are -correctly- directed at the fires threatening homes and property, so the high elev. fires seem to be on their own for now.
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    Great RR....awesome pics!
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  5. Maxacceleration

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    Very nice RR Rob. :thumb
    Your bike looks set-up nicely. You ride the _____ out of it. :evil
    Shame the fires in our back yard. Glad you took me through some of it just recently.
    Thank you.
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  6. Nomomo

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    Very nice report ADVNCW, thanks for sharing.
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  7. ADVNCW

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    Thanks bud! It is the motorcycle, I think folks do not understand...I am more stoked about my little and misunderstood CRF230L, the more I ride it. This video shows why one would ride a bike the size of a 230L- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK9F_6ND3k4&feature=player_embedded#!

    For the WABDR new tires, D606 really changed the character of the bike. Wow. Better by far on asphalt and on dirt or gravel compared to the Trail Wings. The front D606 new with sharp edges was disconcertingly busy back and forth on gravel; but it settled in nicely with some wear. Those tires stick, the extra width compared to the stock tires is great. Just think, on those fat knobbies my bike *loaded for WABDR* weighs 310lbs. think of that compared to bikes weighing 100 to 200 lbs more on dirt and gravel on about the same amount of rubber....Again, I like my small moto!

    I am happy to have done the WABDR in the time between fires:huh

    I have been studying the fires in the Yakima Complex- http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3256/ This includes Haney Meadow and Mt. Lillian. There are 95 confirmed lightning fires, size estimate total 202 acres. Probably not so bad depending on where the 202 acres are located.It will be a matter of the fire behavior/ weather whether the high-elevation fires grow.

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    Thank you and I am glad that you like it!
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    ADVNCW Banned

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    Thank you. Nice country and route, for sure!:D
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    Nice Ride Report. Love the coffee cup, can I ask where did you get it?
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  11. ADVNCW

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    Thanks. I bought that mug at the Conconully General Store. I love it, I had over a decade in EMS and more than that as an RN, so I like the sarcasm...

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    When my family was at Long Beach WA that design was on sweatshirts with 'Long Beach"- I think it is currently popular:D
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  12. eakins

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    awesome! thanks for sharing.
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    http://www.facebook.com/BackcountryDiscoveryRoutes
    WABDR UPDATE: Effective today September 12, 2012, Section 3 of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, from Ellensburg to Cashmere, is closed to entry due to active fires in the area. The Wenatchee River Ranger District and Cle Elum Ranger Districts have closed all of Table Mountain from Reecer Creek to Cashmere, including Blewett Pass and Liberty. If you enter the forest in Section 3 you will be turned back. The duration of this closure is unknown. Additional route information is available here: http://www.wabdr.com/Map
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  14. ADVNCW

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    You are welcome, thanks! It was fun. Kinda grows on ya- wanting to go cruise dirt roads through the Forest. I rode up singletrack to Chumstick Mtn. and back down roads at sunset to take a look. Nothing but smoke to the south, no view of anything. to the north. I could see a lot of fire north of Entiat.

    Cashmere schools were excused early because of smoke today. This valley has unhealthy smoke levels and ashfall. No relief in the weather forecast, this could continue for weeks (again...).
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  15. pdxmarcus

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    Thanks for the pics and RR!
    It's great to see more WABDR Folks on smaller bikes - and going solo. Sounds like you had a grand adventure!
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  16. ADVNCW

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    Thanks. Yes, I enjoy the small bike, my HondaCRF230L. Loaded with my gear for WABDR it weighs about the same as a DR400 or the new CRF250L. It has downsides, but so far those are more acceptable for me than the alternative larger motorcycles. I rode a two-stroke GT750 in 40+ states and to Alaska on the gravel (then) AK Hwy and down to Baja. As well I owned a couple of powerful dirt bikes that I enjoyed, but do not need that for this type of riding. Size of the 230L makes it easy on dirt, the power characteristics as well are an advantage- I go plenty fast but the rear wheel roosting/ fishtailing is limited, and acceleration on the dirt roads is not so much as to get me too far into corners, on the edge. Just smooth traveling, skill involved is in being smooth and keeping momentum as opposed to big acceleration followed by hard braking. I use MTB techniques on the little 230L such as prejumping water bars and sailing right over without being thrown up, I prejump and hop over potholes and rocks. With that small motorcycle on the dirt and gravel I am comfortable with rear wheel drift, front wheel drift, both wheel drift- totally controllable. I got 73 MPG on the WABDR. I did not carry extra gas beyond the 2.3 gal stock tank.

    Solo in the mountains is something I enjoy; I have a lot of days in the mountains to hike, ski, MTB. motorcycle. I do trips with wife and daughter (not motorcycle trips) and some with friends. But solo in the mountains as I have all of my life is very peaceful.
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    Glacier Peak viewed from Chumstick Mtn. above my home in Leavenworth.
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  17. blokkies

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    That's so awesome you saw a moose and calf on the ride,. I had no idea there were any in WA state? Looks like a great ride - can't wait to ride it myself one of these days.
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  18. tmak

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    This one is close enough to home that I may have to make a long weekend of it. That is if the air ever get cleaned out, man its bad in your neck of the woods.
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  19. ADVNCW

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    Yes, I am a smoke refugee, away from home now 2 weeks! Heading back tomorrow.

    I have been riding the 230L Adventure from mountains to coast, slab, gravel, jeep trail, singletrack, today about 25 miles riding along the sand by the surf on the Pacific coast:D. With my camp (back packing gear + a few luxuries) and gear that adds 40 to 50 lbs, my 230L is still lighter than most any dual purpose motorcycle. I rode some single track yesterday, loaded, and turned on an 18 inch wide trail by running the front wheel up the high side and backing about 6 times. Try that with a heavy bike- would be a lot of work! Camping and hoteling. Family drove to Rainier NP and joined me for some hiking. The smoke 'does not bother' them. 230L has had 5800 miles put on it since I bought it last May! No worries, strong running little bike. pin it at 65 MPH for 70-100 miles between stops.

    But I confess, I long for something smoother that can pull 70 MPH. Also, I worry that my little 230L will be weak on the CD next year in the Rockies. So I test rode a WR250R:clap ME WANT!:lol3
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  20. BanhXeo

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    Great trip ADVNCW! I think I'm going to try and make it up there next summer. I'll be in touch with details as the time approaches. Have a good friend in BC, so may ride as much dirt as possible going up, and come back down the coast. Would like to meet up and see your neck of the woods. Happy trails to ya my friend :thumb
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