Where are we riding this time of year? Locations, road names or GPS files welcome

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by SportsGuy, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    I seem to be enjoying the KTM more recently - actually finding time and weather cooperating enough to manage some quick runs out the Middle Fork Road.

    That said, it's the only place I know of, so its where I go - and while enjoyable, some variety might be nice.

    I've been trying to collect GPS files, but man are they hard to come by for any trails around WA state. That or I'm simply looking in the wrong places. I do have a copy of Sound Rider's DualSport rides for Western WA, and just ordered the GPS files to match those rides, however.

    Question is, am I missing something obvious that's handy-ish to the Kirkland area? Anything else out towards North Bend I should check out? Anything on the backside of Woodinville? Maybe out towards Duval, Carnation, etc.? Or do I need to head out around Goldbar, Startup, Index, etc.?

    Obviously some trails will be snowed in this time of year, but that's fine - I can always turn around and explore again some other time. ;)
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  2. 81forest

    81forest ADDRider

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    Ditto, I'm in Redmond and also wondering where people are riding these days. I am hoping to head to Tahuya or Capitol Forest this weekend for lack of anything that is closer than an hour away. :ear
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  3. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    I suspect we won't see any responses, sadly...

    I can understand, why for a varieity or reasons, people are reluctant to share this information here. Makes it tough to learn where to enjoy this sport, but such is life - all part of the excitment of exploring I guess...
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  4. RicksterCDN

    RicksterCDN n00b

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    I'm in the RedmonRidge area and was looking forward to anything posted that wasn't an hour or more away. My KLR has seen way more paved road for my first year of driving it. WalkerValey ORV and capital state forest has been the limit of it's exploration with my younger son. Had to trailer in as he's on a CRF80.

    I'm more then happy to share anything I hear of on the east side up this way. Guess it will take some time. Maybe when the weather warms up a bit again we can organize a bit more of a co-exploration.

    Rick
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  5. El Brad

    El Brad Leave it long on top

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    What I did, bought a Benchmark map book for my state and started exploring.
    If you are unfamiliar with Benchmark Books you can find them at Barnes & Noble
    or other book stores/sporting goods stores.I prefer them over Gazetteer.

    http://www.amazon.com/Washington-Road-Recreation-Atlas-Benchmark/dp/0929591836

    Not sure about WA state but there probably is a thread going that is more specific
    to your area, try posting there.
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  6. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    IMHO, the Washington Atlas and Gazetteer is better. However, this time of year, try the Moses Lake area, Mattawa... all more than an hour away.
    if you want to head over, PM me... especially during spring and summer!


    1911fan
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  7. K7MDL

    K7MDL 2015 Tiger 800XCx, Jeep Wrangler

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    Answers will be limited because at this time of year there are so few decent dirt options that are not under snow or have some length to them. The key is to find lowland options and they are few and far between near Seattle. At least for public roads like forest and state lands which occupy more eastern and higher elevations, the low stuff is private. There are several paved routes however that are still worth a winter ride, I would not classify them as Dual Sport rides though. For example up to Big Lake on 9 and west over the the water, up any local hilltops, Whidbey Island, detour out the small roads that follow the beaches - both on Whidbey as well as Kitsap and mainland of Puget Sound. Look for road names like Marine View Drive, every area seems to have one of those.

    If you are interested in paved routes, the world is bigger this time of year.
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