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Old 03-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #3106
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The Tunnel

So about a week ago I heard about a ministry 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. 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 is that it 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 .................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.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:37 PM   #3107
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Good Job JJ. Motorcycles make great tools for finding these hidden sites.

Looks like there's more history to that old rail line as well...hmmm....tressels.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:40 PM   #3108
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Awesome!!

Have to turn it into a group ride sometime, to check that out. Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:05 PM   #3109
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The Tunnel

One caveat.....................it's a half hour hike from the road in. Not something that you'd like to do in motocross boots.
But I would like to go back in there sometime in the next few days and walk all away through to the other end.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:54 PM   #3110
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One caveat.....................it's a half hour hike from the road in. Not something that you'd like to do in motocross boots.
But I would like to go back in there sometime in the next few days and walk all away through to the other end.
Any chance the other end is more accessible? Looks like it's on the other side of "That main road".
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:14 PM   #3111
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I checked out the roads on the north side of the highway. A lot of dead end logging spurs. I think anyway you look at it, its going to be some hiking in some thick woods.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:17 PM   #3112
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Found the tunnel

I see you found it. It stills exists then. I kinda thought by now it would have fell in on itself. I think you might have gone the hard way in though. I used to just walk down the logging road and then hang a right on the old railroad grade. Sorta kinda. Ride this saturday? I think I am off. I have a little work to do to the old beast I ride. I think I can get r done by then.

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Old 03-13-2013, 01:11 AM   #3113
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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). 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.
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.
So I'm snapping a few more pictures and Al yells,,,, never guess what I just found!!!!

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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,





so, I guess it's going to be one more installment to this adventure.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:33 AM   #3114
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #3115
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Can you go Thursday or Friday?
I gotta work. Saturday is only option. I have some bearings to pick up at Columbia River Honda. So I figured I would grab them and then go for a look around above Scappoose.

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Old 03-15-2013, 12:09 PM   #3116
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I work this Saturday... I have until about 4 today but have laundry going as I had no takers.

Prolly too soon for me anyway...
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:00 PM   #3117
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Ride Saturday

My Saturday is going to poopy. I won't probably get time for a ride. Mainly cause I have been to busy at work all week to get anything I needed to do done. I will post up if I am going at all for any late takers.

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Old 03-15-2013, 10:29 PM   #3118
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:41 PM   #3119
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:36 PM   #3120
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Wish I could - Got called to work this weekend and ITS REALLY PISSING ME OFF! Keep posting up, and if you do go, grab some pictures and have some adventures.
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