1. BlackdogADV

    BlackdogADV Long timer

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    I tried to make it all the way but was stopped by this gate. I was tempted to leave the bike there and hike the rest of the way but I had a bunch of guns and ammo with me. How far is it from the gate to the lookout?

    I could have easily gone around, maybe I should have.

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  2. JP4

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    If I remember correctly, you were there. The gate right below the tower has always been closed every time I've been there before, but it's been years. I always remember parking down there and walking a short bit up to the tower.
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  4. BlackdogADV

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  5. JeepDawg

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    Maybe you should carry guns and ammo to protect the valuables? :-)

    Whats with the tailight on the 701? or is that a rear facing LED light?
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  6. El Pacifico

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    I've ridden right up to the lookout, must've gotten lucky on the gates.

    From that article, yes, the road is in terrible shape. We want it to stay that way.
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  7. peterman

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    I seem to remember that exact same location from a thread posted here about 10 or more years ago,,sure of it!,,exact same gate.
    In that post, there were pics of the top and the lookout.
    I don't remember if they walked up or rode around the gate.
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  8. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer Super Supporter

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    Shoulda walked the almost half mile to the lookout. The view is always worth it, and it's IN the Wilderness, that's why it's gated for the last bit. They rent that lookout out to overnighters and they always treat visitors friendly!
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  9. BlackdogADV

    BlackdogADV Long timer

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    Whats with the tailight on the 701? or is that a rear facing LED light?[/QUOTE]
    Stock taillight.
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  10. brokeassloser

    brokeassloser I'll do it!!!

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    I got some real funny looks the time I rode my softtail up there. Especially from the quads I passed on the way up because they were going way too slow. it’s a nice ride.
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  11. bubbastew

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    Don't think they still rent the look out which is a bummer.
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  12. BlackdogADV

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    E9D5D2BF-0D24-4587-919F-E5C62F389673.jpeg We drove the truck up to the gate yesterday then walked the dogs up to the lookout. It’s more like .2 miles from the gate to the top. The lookout was closed up and we didn’t see anyone on Flag Point Road. It was 70 degrees when we left home and 36 And snowing on top. The road is big bike friendly even for the most timid rider. Scenery is stunning.
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  13. throttlebody

    throttlebody Boregonian

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    The Forest Service opens the gate for the Native American huckleberry harvest that happens in mid to late July. Lots of traffic for a couple of weekends...
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  14. soyanarchisto

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    I rented that tower two years in a row for Christmas after my mom died in '94. As you can imagine, that time of year required a long (around 9 miles) ski in with a full backpack. Getting my golden retriever into the tower was challenging but he was fine after the first ascent of those stairs. I recall a couple folks on snowmobiles riding up to the base while I was there but they didnt stick around after they saw me. I had a wonderful time and highly recommend it if they still rent it out but I had heard they don't anymore.
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  15. JP4

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    Years ago, my wife at the time, who had previously worked several years in the Hat Point tower out of Imnaha, took the watch at the Flag Point tower for a friend who needed a day off. I drove up there and did some of the observations and radio reports with her, rode my mtn bike down to 15 Mile Creek and did a lap of that trail, and then rode back up to the tower ( I was in a lot better shape then!). Fun day.
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