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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by MPS0430, Aug 24, 2016.
That does not look like KLR fun...
Looks like the only SE option is Windy gap up and around to NFD1913 on bottom right
Yeah but you could tear it up on yer 500EXC . . . . . Definitely doable on KLR, too.
Have fun ! ! !
FYI - The Naches Pioneer Trail felt pretty damn Knarly - done it both ways West>East, & East>West on Husqvarna TE 610, Intermediate + ? rider . . . .
You'll love it ! ! !
I have a similar loop - more of a 2 day camp thing - big bike A game required
Definitely bring that.....
First pic looks like Naches trail, but the last two... funny rocks? I don't remember seeing anything like that on Naches.
Sorry, my bad I should have red that better - Not Naches trail (that is easy piesy) that is 4x4 trail in Naches area (up to Quartz Mt. , as described in the rescue thread) to be more specific, what used to be NF-676:
Sounds epic, have GPX ?
Rode the 500 over from NBend to do Goat... too far for me. Was not fun for me being tapped out at 55mph.
Does look like something that would be worth trailering for
Revised super loop is 160mi + 40mi to Snoqualmie via gold cr and alpental back road makes 240mi.
Snoq - denny cr - gold cr - Whittier - Lester - Tacoma pass - Naches 4x4 trail - Cliffdell/Manastash - north to Taneum ridge - easton and back over pass
I may have Naches 4x4 marked as pioneer trail? Looks killer, thanks for the tips!
Great stuff @JONK, I'll take a close look as you have some pieces I have not done, particularly heading back to the beginning of the loop.
I am attaching a few tracks of mine that cover a similar loop, though I get back from south of Cliffdel and have few other bits slightly different. Also the NP trail is clearly indicated.
Sharing is caring, at least when it comes to logging roads. Looks like I've got some exploring to do, good thing I just hammered out all the BDR dents out of the KLR skid.
Too bad French Cabin doesn't connect lake kachees to lk cleelum or the loop could double... I'll save that for a I90 N thread
It does, but it is not fully legal any more and you need to drive on the beach of Cle Elum lake - I was able to cross the new bridge during its construction but I expect it now to be gated/locked
Here's where I was trying to loop through. You can see the 0.9mi hiker trail in the middle which would connect 4824 to 4308. I really like the west side of French Cabin - the views are epic but I rarely go up there as it's a dead end.
On Saturday I did Cle Elum to greenwater. It was all very nice, except for the section I have marked, which was way too hard for a big bike. Imagine a steep hill, with flour-fine dirt powder, mixed with baby heads. I dropped my bike about 5 times in that area, all going walking pace. Broke my mirror, bent my rear brake pedal. Couldn't get the bike upright because it was so soft and steep that the tires wouldn't grip when I would tip it upgright. Ended up having to drag my bike down the hill on it's side until I found a little traction. Very sweaty and hard work, I'm pretty strong and I was at the limits of my strength.
I found a way that worked pretty well descending in the tricky parts, I killed the engine, leaving it in first (engine off), and modulated the clutch to control the rear wheel as I duck walked down the tricky parts. Absolutely no way I was keeping my foot on the rear brake.
If you are interested in doing a similar loop, I think you can bypass the tricky part I did on FR 675 or FR 1701. I didn't ride them myself, but they looked promising.
Best to head a little farther South to 1701 and come out at Rock Creek or near WJ'S The jeep trails up there on Manastash Ridge can get anyone into trouble. Cant imagine doing those on an big adv bike
Anyone check the snow level lately? Snoq pass is looking light on the WSDOT cams
Still too much - about 3 feet above 3000 feet on the FS roads...
Going to have to mount the plow to the front of the KLR