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jjdun7 03-17-2013 09:59 PM

The Tunnel
So about a week ago I heard about a mystery tunnel. So last night curiosity got the better of me and after some time on the computer I came up with some coordinates. Sitting around the house board I decided to go in search of.I headed on out Scappoose and then up the highway to Vernonia. So getting close, or so I thought I parked and started hiking. After about 15 min. my GPS said turn right. Turn right there's a canyon on my right . oh well they do call this an adventure,,, right,,,right? so I headed down what looked like a deer trail.....................

and after slipping and sliding on my butt, more than once, I came to this............

Well,,,,,, the GPS says in the middle of that. So much for GPS coordinates. While I am standing there looking into this abyss, it looks like there's been other people down here. :wink: So I followed what looked like, a trail,, kind. After traipsing through the bushes, getting stuck with thorns and slapped in the face with branches. I look up................................................ .................

Eureka :clap:clap is that it :huh well it got sloppier and the brush got thicker. But I finally got to this..................................

So it really does exist. That little dot in the middle of the picture is the other end of the tunnel.

well unfortunately I forgot to grab my good light and all I brought was a little tactical light. So I decided it was time to head back out. I'll have to come back another time with better light.

So after climbing and crawling, slipping and sliding. I made it back up to the fire road. I looked back down into the canyon of trees and wet underbrush. and I decided !! YES !! this was an adventure :clap:wink::clap:D .................but it's not over..................... I still need to come back with a better light and walk all the way through to the other end of the tunnel. :evil:evil:evil

jjdun7 03-17-2013 10:15 PM

The Tunnel
So like I said, this tunnel thing has gotten the better of me. So I decided to make another attempt out there and find the West end of the tunnel this time.
Just a side note. GPS is a great tool. But it's like any other computer,,, garbage in garbage out. If you don't have good coordinates to put into it. It's not going to get you there.
So my starting point is about the same place as going to the east end of the tunnel. Only this time a buddy of mine decided to drive out and hike with me. I don't think he knew what he was getting into.

And just like last time it started out the same way. GPS said turn. So we did and after slipping and sliding again on my butt. Through the bushes and lots of thorns (Blood was involved). :eek1 After several hundred yards he excitedly yelled “get over here I think I found it”. So I hurriedly got over to where he had been standing. And found myself standing on the adage of a small cliff overlooking,,,,,,,,,,,,

So I look around. And I find him, he's already made it to the bottom can you find him all the way down there……….

So I jumped in the creek and headed down to catch-up with him.

Except just around the corner gravity took over so I had to find her way around that obstacle.

I finally caught up…..
So this time I have someone to give a little bit of reference on just how big this hole in the ground is……

He wouldn't go in side so I decided to go in a ways.

And from this point I could actually see a small opening that went through to the other end. :clap
So I specifically brought a better flashlight this time. The only problem is I,,,,,I left it at the bike,,,,,,,,,, all the way back up the road. So once again, I think I'll have to come back and considered going all the way through the tunnel. :thumb
So I'm snapping a few more pictures and Al yells,,,, never guess what I just found!!!! :lol3:dog

So I'm sure some of you out there have been in a situation where you were working and sweat and struggling to work to climb a hill on your bike. And you get allllllll the way to the top,,,,,,,,,,, just to find a really nice easy road.

yeah you guessed it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:lol3

so, I guess it's going to be one more installment to this adventure. :rofl :D

jjdun7 03-17-2013 11:19 PM

The Tunnel (continued)
So in keeping with the theme here of tunnels, I went out riding today in search of,,,, another tunnel. Fortunately I didn't have to go thrashing through the forest, slipsliding down embankments and slopping through the mud.:eek1:eek1:lol3 I took the easy way. I drove to the train tracks and hiked in. :lol3
(Not very far)

Once on the tracks they were,, shall we say,,, A little overgrown. :arg After walking for about three quarters of a mile.

I glanced down the tracks to see the proverbial…… ‘black hole”.

Well as you can see this is definitely a much bigger hole in the ground than the last tunnel. This one seems to be in considerably better shape. But then again they, only stop using this back in 2007.

This is only one in a series of about seven tunnels on this one line. Will I get all of them? Well probably not this year. This is the easy one. Most of the rest are going to take quite a bit of hiking and bushwhacking. :huh :shog

Oh also in keeping with the theme of tunnels,,, I guess I'm also staying with the theme of no flashlight. :becca I left it back at the bike. Fortunately this tunnel short enough I could see the other end.
Inside the tunnel walls were in great shape. For the most part you could see all of the beams.

There were some areas that it looked as though they had blown concrete on everything and one point in the middle some rather large chunks had fallen from the ceiling.

Getting closer to the other and they had used a lot of concrete.

Couple the shots looks like something out of Disneyland.

So once through to the other hand I went back through the tunnel to my bike I did just a little bit of exploring in the area on my quick ride home.

Hope you enjoyed it I had a blast. :thumb

Apple Jam 03-18-2013 01:55 AM

Nice journey, jj!!

A rail, that needs a trail.
Sounds like a mission

Ladybug0048 03-18-2013 03:52 AM

Interesting theme you have going there. :thumb

fallingoff 03-18-2013 04:02 AM

i love tunneling/ lol

Desert Dave 03-18-2013 04:23 AM

I think you need to get the flashlight thing figured out first :lol3

Cool stories. I think a lot of guys miss these adventures along the way because they don't get off the bike and explore a little more. I enjoyed your "Discoveries"

jjdun7 03-18-2013 10:36 PM

The Tunnel (continued)
So off on an adventure to explore another tunnel. :D This one is part of the train line that the last tunnel was on. And as usual it looks to be another Iffy day in the Northwest. But I got a go for a ride. :ricky
Now I know you're going to notice this isn't my signature WeeStrom. No I haven't sold it, just decided to grab one of the other bikes. So after fueling up and slabbing it out to the woods. I got some twisties in.

Then on this nice fire road......

in search of…………..

My starting point today is a place called Cochran pond. Back in early 1900s this was a logging pond.

So from here I started riding down the tracks. :huh

Yes it looks a little overgrown. This line hasn't been used since around 2002 and is currently in the middle of the normal bureaucracy of converting it into a “tracks to trails”. Hopefully within the next five or six years this will be a hiking and bicycling trail. Running from Banks Oregon all the way out to Tillamook Oregon on the coast.

So after a mile or so of……………

And some nice views along the way…….

……… Yes I think that's it :clap

Like the last tunnel, this one seems to be in surprisingly good shape.

One difference here is that you can't see the other end. This tunnel is on a curve. :hmmmmm

And then finally,,,,,, the other end.

oh yes,, you'll notice,,,, in my left hand,,,,,,,, what's that :eek1

yes I remembered to bring a flashlight this time. :lol3 :lol3 :clap

and then back out the way I came.........

so ends another fun adventure. :clap :lol3 :wink:

till next time. :wave

jtb 03-18-2013 10:48 PM

Nice work. Wish we had stuff like that around here :clap

Tarka 03-19-2013 06:55 AM

Fascinating stuff,brilliant photos.

Why didn`t you ride through ??

The camo Strom looks cool.

jjdun7 03-19-2013 01:24 PM

The Tunnel (continued)
just look around. There's cool stuff everywhere. Sometimes we have to get off our bikes. Yeah, I know, we don't like to do that. But it all adds to the adventure. :nod :wings

Why didn`t you ride through ??

I had planned on riding through but there were so many saplings in the way and I was getting tired of cutting them all out with my Leatherman. I just parked the bike and walk the last couple hundred feet. :nod

Maybe I'll ride through the next one............ Oh yes there is a next one. :evil :nod

Tarka 03-19-2013 04:06 PM


Originally Posted by jjdun7 (Post 20985591)
Maybe I'll ride through the next one............ Oh yes there is a next one. :evil :nod

Good news.....we`re waiting! :deal

chrish4ku 03-19-2013 11:00 PM

Sweet - wish I could ride those tracks..

jjdun7 04-02-2013 06:21 PM

The Tunnel (continued)
So here I go once again, in search of another tunnel. :ricky Today I'm heading out into the Salmon Berry area just east of the huge metropolis of Timber Oregon. :poser Hopefully I will find three tunnels today. One of which some of you have already been to.
It's a beautiful day out here in the Northwest.

I get to my starting point today and I came across a very nice campsite that someone's created. This site must have a fantastic sunset view. :kumbaya

I'm heading down into a canyon that I haven't been into in over 25 years so I don't really know what to expect. Some of my maps say that there's a road here :deal,,,,,,,,,, but then again some of my maps say there isn't. But that's the adventure with maps. You just never know. :evil

Well eventually I got most of the way down to the bottom and the so-called road, ended. :eek1 But wait,,,, is that trail? :nod Well in a very short distance it became apparent I wasn't going to be able to ride the rest of the way down. Too many fallen trees and little landslides. :cry

So it's park the bike and start hiking.

With some beautiful views along the way.

I can actually remember driving down this road. Yes this was a road. :nod

Well at this point I'm checking my GPS and realizing that I have more than a mile to go and that the next two tunnels should be much simpler to get to. :wink: So I decided to turnaround and go back up to the bike and head over to my next destination. And along the way grabbed a few snapshots of the area.

So finally I make my way back over to the top of Beaver slide road. For anyone who hasn't been down here this is a great little road. It's about 2 miles of nonstop downhill switchbacks. :ricky

Well I finally made it to the bottom. And I'm sure some of you will recognize this tunnel. As this is one of the easiest tunnels to get to on this line. :thumb

Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Well I decide to ride through it because I've heard from other ride reports that there actually is an ATV trail at the other end of this tunnel. :deal

and sure enough just pass that pile of brush is the beginning of the trail.

And in a very short distance I come across my first bridge. In amazingly good condition.

And then just around the next corner is another bridge.

Someone had a nice little campsite in the bend of the river right there. :kumbaya

Well a little further down the line and,,,,, lo and behold,,,,, there's my next tunnel. :clap

Well as I approached it was very obvious this was the end of the line for the motorcycle. :cry

As I hike through the bushes and down to the creek,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, just one more of the many reasons why I come out and do this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:wings

So I hike on up the other side,. back up to the tracks.

Once again the opening to another tunnel. Ahhhh,, but this one has a surprise. :huh

What’s that pile in the middle of the tracks? Must have come from somewhere. :eek1

You guessed it. The ceiling is caving in.

Doesn’t look that bad from this end.

And what's this,,,,,, another surprise,,,,,:clap

And what creepy crawlers might be dwelling in this little box. Well a prudent person wouldn't even open the door. :huh Prudent?

Well I continue on down the tracks and I come across my next surprise of the day.

A tepee? :huh Well, kinda sort a. Someone had built a really nice little campsite.

I looked on down the tracks a little further ahead and decided enough was enough for one day. :knary The next tunnel is over a mile up the canyon. So I decided it was time to start working my way back out. Snapping a few pictures along the way.

Well I finally made my way back to Beaver slide road and on up to the top. Then stopping to take a break I realize that it was much later than I had expected so I just hopped on fire road and headed for home.

And so ends another adventure. Hope you enjoyed it. I sure did. :clap :ricky :clap

Bruce H 04-02-2013 07:33 PM

That was WAY NICE! Looks like some interesting stuff.

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