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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by TigerTanker, Nov 23, 2017.
Hey @TigerTanker , how did you like that little hill ?
Here is a vid of a group of us doing it:
Awesome! Man, that Eric.... You and I have tackled that waterfall the same way! I've only done it once, and I'm not sure I'm going to do it again. If you fail, there is a good chance of serious bike or rider injury. My business partner busted his case there and had to push his bike all the way back to the river! Crazy Alvin was there after Thanksgiving and had some great footage of a 99% made, go backwards and damn near kill himself...... @alvincullumyork post up your waterfall vid from Mattawa please.
You're probably aware that Haebeck Hill at one time was part of the course when they held the Desert 100 in Mattawa. They did two laps going down the hill.
I'm headed back to Mattawa with Crazy Alvin tomorrow and Saturday to specifically work on hill climbs. Haebeck's, here I come...
1983 Desert 100 at Mattawa...
Is your business partner's name Peter Biddle?
Nice, if you stage out of R road there are some good climbs that are easily accessible.
The entrance to the canyon trail has 2 options: Go in via the sand or go over the rock hill to the right.
If you go via sand, try to climb the dune on the left as high as you can go and set a mark, way fun.
On the Canyon trail there are a number of steep climbs with short run ups.
The way out of the canyon trail at the very end has that short run up hill climb that is loose. The best method there is to go up that hill on the right , stage there, then pin it. That one hill wiped me out the first time I was there. The second time I hit it and conquered. Not pretty but I made it.
Where do you kids stage at when your there?
Great video, 6:27 shows your hill descent. Mmmmm....Desert 100....I swore that off last year...or did I?
Tomorrow will be just off the highway next to the river. 10:00
That was me doing the dirty work. My biz partner did the climb on his fe350 and got almost the entire way up. He has rekluse and the bike went backwards and landed on the brake pedal, and then she spilled her guts!
That was part of our trip where we fought off the cannibal bugs...
In this vid, you see the plague of Mormon Crickets. Apparently they got so bad that this year some local property owners got helicopters to drop poison on them. Since the bugs are cannibals, they further the poison. These damn crickets are huge, they're as big as Jumbo Shrimp, and I'm thinking if you're really hungry..... butter, garlic...
LOL, when it "rains" in Mattawa it's typically less than 1/10th of an inch. The soil conditions out there right now are AMAZING! Moisture in the ground, not too loose. During the summer it's very loose and a fair amount of dust as you'll see in my flesh eating video. Pretty nice place to ride all the way up to about 85 degrees. An added benefit of Mattawa is the awesome conditions in Spring for us West Side folks....can get over there in March and April and get 70-85 degrees and feel like you're stealing summer days.
Oh, it is notable that if you have an ADV bike or bigger dual sport, there is plenty of fun riding to be had at Mattawa. The kind of place where you can also veer a bit off the beaten path and test your skills on a bigger bike and not be fully committed to trouble.
The good crash is at the end.
Thanks for the good info, @TigerTanker
A few more questions if you don't mind, as I am not able to find much online.
- Is there camping available at the staging areas?, and how is it (fire pits, vault toilets, etc.)?
- Trail map or gps tracks available? I found this online, is that it?
http://www.where-to-ride.info/0-maps/BLM-West Saddle Mountains.jpg
That is cool. I love the sound effects you get on the slow motion - you can actually hear the piston ignition and can tell exactly when the gas was let off. I'm guessing the last guy stalled it? He was SO close. That's why you wear armor.
Sand Hollow about 4 miles away and directly on the river next to the Dam is a fantastic and well maintained camp area, and as far as I could tell it was free. Bathrooms, fire rings etc and you are a very short ride or drive to Vantage on the other side of the river.
The area really doesn't need a map. It's a huge rectangle shape and is pretty simple to figure out. A fun part of the place, is to just simply explore and be a kid... The cliff side, farthest to the North is the top of the grade and you can't go down the cliff, but there is a very steep and bumpy jeep trail that is 2000 vert and quite fun to go up and down. Going South from the top is a gentle and long grade that eventually takes you to the end of the property and to the hwy that takes you to Mattawa about 1 mile off of R road. A great way to scout this is to just use Google maps.
For me, to avoid getting lost, I use a free app called alltrails
here is link to my tracks from the last visit. If you change map overlay to "sattelite" you can very clearly see everything. This app, you just turn it on and it records where you are going etc. If you get lost, at least you got a nice bread crumb trail back to your truck. I use alltrails all the time and I can pull up an old map if I get lost in the woods. Highly recommend having this or Avenza etc.
I've done most of that stuff. Fun and challenging! Also a different kind of riding compared to the typical riding places in Washington. I'm hitting this place up so I can get really good at hill climbing and then take those skills to the Snake Pit on SoCal this spring...
Thanks for all the good info!