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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Roonie, Sep 15, 2010.
Great. Just l ike there was a run on T.P., there now will be gas hoarding.
Yeah. My plan was to drive clear across the continent to do the WABDR in early Summer. The news on lack of tanker truck drivers will not help me.
These are my first world problems!
I'm hoping to make a run the last week of July. I've got 220+ miles fuel range; my plan will be to fuel up early and often.
Anyone over in the Omak/Republic area?? Just wondering if there’s snow up in them thar parts??
Looking at 4,5,6 sections
No way you can do 4. There is snow just trying to get up to the ridge, forget going around Chumstick mt. and Baldy is even higher. It was snowing there again today!
As mentioned, heavy snowpack throughout the Cascades. Depending on how fast it melts, later may be better.
I'd prefer to NOT camp along the WABDR. I'd rather not transport camping gear from New Hampshire and then all along the route. Also camping in wet weather isn't terribly pleasant.
Does anyone have lodging suggestions for the entire length of the route?
This is my buddy, Rick. I rode out to Washington in 2005 to ride with him. We encountered some rain in the Cascades. He didn't mind the rain, at all.
The WABDR route is not the same as coastal riding; it's on the edge of high desert. I anticipate my extra water bottle will be used more than my rain gear in late July.
Yup, most people- even here in the two states- don't realize that 2/3 of OR and WA are high desert.
Well, then. Perhaps I will bring my tent.
The WABDR Butler map arrived today. Very timely. Also the BDR website has some information about lodging and camping.
I will second what Siorc said..Any riding east of the cascade range is High and dry.. you will hope for rain, Have fun.
Here's a good resource for finding current snow depths. It always centers on the Sierra Nevada Mtns but I've found it to be accurate in WA/OR as well.
Don't quote me here, but I believe just north of Takhlakh Lake in Section 1 is the highest point on the WABDR at about 4700ft. Surely it will be late June / early July before all of the snow is gone. I started on Section 1 last week and ran into snow on the north side of Trail Peak (maybe 30 miles out of Carson?) as expected this time of year.
Pic is from the vista point at Trail Peak last Friday. It rained on the way up the mountain but was super nice at the top with lots of water evaporating.
Not sure but I think the northernmost leg has higher altitudes. Rode it in July/August IIRC and it was amazing. We'd left our camping gear at the campground in Conconully and rode back through the Sinlahekin Valley. Beautiful scenery.
Going to overland some of the WABDR North to South in a couple of weeks. Starting June 1st. Will pick up Section 4 in Cashmere and head south. Two questions:
Will snow be an issue for legit 4x4's? We've done plenty of snow but if it gets deep enough that my bash plates are acting like sleds the BFGs can't do much good. HA
Last time I did this section in 2018 there was a series of washouts on NF-9712 just south of the Mission Peak trailhead. One was pretty significant and very sketchy in my Defender 90. Wondering if that's been addressed at all. It'll be a different ballgame in a 4Runner instead of that top heavy Defender but still, the wife is not looking forward to that section of trail. These were the coordinates 47.2972417,-120.4458167
We'll be dropping down and doing the Oregon BDR and then exploring NorCal after that (we have 3 weeks). Any insight into those is appreciated too.
Thanks in advance!
According to the Butler map, Lone Frank Pass, north of Conconully, is the highest point on the WABDR at 6712 ft.
Anyone up for riding this North to South around mid July? Thinking of checking it out around then, my timing is fairly open, but sometime between 7/15-7/23 would be best.
Following along on this post for updated snow level info... All of that pow I was cheering for all ski season is gonna be here a while.
Planning to ride WABDR this summer as my first expedition-ish trip. Looks like I’ll have plenty of time before the roads open up for a couple of shakedown trips with my camping setup.
Anybody ever hear of someone doing WABDR on a Honda Monkey? What do you think? I’m thinking about doing it this summer.
If my ole wing can do it the lil monkey can too!