WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Roonie, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. knuckledrager

    knuckledrager Adventurer

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    Out checking snow levels last weekend on section 1. Lots of snow still.
    Couldn't quite make it to the turn off for Takalaka Lake on FR23. 20210523_094456.jpg FR21 about 15 miles up from highway 12. Ran the other way in a week before so about 3-4 miles left of deep snow. 20210523_094604.jpg This is the route where it crosses 5603 between Walaput and Takalaka Lakes looking north towards Walaput Lake. I came in from Randle up 23 to 21 to 5603. 20210523_094651.jpg The route where it crosses 5603 looking South towards Takalaka Lake.
  2. Mototrent

    Mototrent n00b

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    Me and my buddy are planning on the week of the 14th just all depending on if the snow melts to do the whole route
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  3. cteunuch

    cteunuch Been here awhile

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    I’d think the snow would be gone by July right? Which way are you guys headed?
  4. Humpzilla

    Humpzilla Been here awhile

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    I can't comment on current conditions regarding snow levels (although I'll be attempting Chumstick Mountain and the surrounding areas this coming weekend), but in regards to the washouts, I'm assuming you're referring to the 3 washouts near Beehive Reservoir on section 3? I did them with a group of 4x4's last summer (3 Land Cruisers, a Tacoma and an F250 Super Duty Longbed) and while it can look a little intimidating, it's really not that bad. None in our group had any issues .... and that Super Duty was BIG. I suspect that it has been smoothed out somewhat since 2018, as I understand it was extra sketchy that year. I wouldn't be too worried about it.
  5. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    @Humpzilla I’m headed up that way in a couple weeks. Let’s us know what you find.
  6. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks knuckledragger for the snow level check. I'm thinking to do Sections 1 and 2 as we missed some parts doing this run in 2012. We ran into deeeep concrete dense snow at Adams Crk, just a mile or so N of Takhlakh Lk, on our trip in the first week of August of 2012. It isn't the highest spot but the heavy timber prevented any solar gain. We were blocked by a tree filled avalanche on Lone Frank pass which likely would have melted but for the debris covering the snow. Know your ride around routes. DD
  7. Humpzilla

    Humpzilla Been here awhile

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    I'll report back after the weekend!
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  8. WSobchak

    WSobchak Long timer Supporter

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    About five years ago we did the WABDR over the 4th of July weekend and had to re-route around snow.
  9. tigerpit

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    Anyone been up on Bethel Ridge yet or any of the section 2 high points?
  10. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    yo. What was it like up there?
  11. knuckledrager

    knuckledrager Adventurer

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    I was up there 3 (?) weekends ago and ran into deep snow on the first switchback below the radio towers. Tried the easy bypass (1500) and it still had a foot of snow as far as I could see, from the top.
    Backtracked down to Highway 12 and took FR1400 in to the other side of the tree section on 325. Only ran into a couple deep drifts near the top on the way down to 410.
    Most of it should be gone by now with the warm temps recently. I'd bet 1500 is runnable already if not you could always take the 1400 around the trees. It's longer and had miles of washboard....
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  12. tigerpit

    tigerpit Adventurer

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    Thanks for the response, very helpful. We will be trying to get through on the 22nd, so still some good opportunity for melt off. Appreciate the tips on workarounds!
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  13. ski-line900

    ski-line900 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Section 4 last year.

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  14. JP4

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    Took a shot at Section 1 yesterday. Weather was ok at first, with off and on rain and temps in the 50's. Dirt was perfect and all the early parts were snow free with some really fun giant puddle slalom in places.
    We started running into snow at about 4k' and it started to be a problem on 8810 just north of Sleeping Beauty where we encountered a Volvo sedan high centered in about two feet of snow. He had a buddy with a truck who was able to pull him out after they found a strap. That was about half a mile before the intersection with 23.
    By then it was raining pretty hard off and on with temps in the low 40's.
    It all came to an end just short of Takhlakh Lake with some pretty extensive snow. We may have been able to work though it far enough to continue on 23 to Packwood, but by then we had been riding in the cold rain for a few hours. A burger in Trout Lake was sounding better than camping in the rain, so we diverted to the sunshine in Trout Lake and dried out at the cafe. After burgers and coffee, we took a nice sunny and windy ride through Conboy Refuge and down Fischer Hill Rd to Lyle on the way back to Hood River. It wasn't what we planned for the day but it ended up being an excellent ride of almost 200 miles.
    You can see where we turned around in the photo. Our track is green and WABDR is red. Probably only another week or so until section one is clear.
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  15. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    Sections 4,5,6 are clear
  16. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    DO NOT go down the jungle from the top. It’s super rough with huge loose stones and it’s blocked with a ton of dead fall.

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  17. twolf

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  18. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark Supporter

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    Does that usually get cleared out in June-July, or do you think it is a season-long blockage? I'm hoping to ride in late July.
  19. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

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    The ol jungle burnt a few years ago and it’s done until/if the FS wants to clean up the mess. Trees are all over the trail some big and small. It’s impassable so just keep on the main road and it all connects up.
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  20. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    The FS doesn't do a jack shit! It usually gets cleared byt the 4x4 crews camping at Chelan during the 4th of July weekend. There were years when some of the very large deadfall went down and they were not able to clear it at all (some you could ride under). It was cleared the year after.
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