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Old 05-05-2013, 12:56 AM   #1396
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Bob called me back Friday night and we talked a bit. It was maybe legal for me to ride around the lower gate at the time but it is now posted "No motorized Vehicles" at all the gates. The lower/north gate may be opened mid-June. He told me the FS plans to armor all the waterbars up to the new tank trap at the Mission Creek/Peavine intersectionbefore they oen that particular gate. Dunno why they haven't done it; it's already dry up there and the best time (IMHO) to pack in gravel is over. Anything they lay on it now will just stay on the surface.
I asked him about the tank trap and why it was there, he told me it had been decided that the washout south of the gate made the road too dangerous to ride, due to flash floods catching bike riders unaware because they can't hear them coming- apparently mountain bikers can? And escape fast enough? Sometime in the future they may relocate the road so it's not down in the bottom of the canyon. But it probably won't ever be a road again, possibly an ORV-type trail might happen. (Unless they need to log in there, in which case there will be a nice road in about a week, I'll bet.)
SO: The workaround from Beehive Reservoir should now go through Wenatchee and west along Highway to to Cashmere.
I'm still not happy about this. I believe there was little or no public input about blocking off access to excellent riding/hunting/recreational land, maybe permanently. Bob said he put me on the notification list for any updates.


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Old 05-09-2013, 05:29 PM   #1397
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Anyone know if the section between Stevenson and Packwood is passable? Or maybe 25 between Swift and Randle? Riding home from Vancouver tomorrow. Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #1398
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We have finished the AZBDR & it was epic!

Here's your next spring ride while the snow is still melting in the high-country.

This route will also work well in the fall for a 3 week ADV tour
-up the COBDR
-west and down the UTBDR
-down the AZBDR
- ... on to Mexico, Baja and Panama for the winter

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:12 AM   #1399
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We have finished the AZBDR & it was epic!

Here's your next spring ride while the snow is still melting in the high-country.

This route will also work well in the fall for a 3 week ADV tour
-up the COBDR
-west and down the UTBDR
-down the AZBDR
- ... on to Mexico, Baja and Panama for the winter



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Old 05-25-2013, 09:16 PM   #1400
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Rode the Packwood to Ellensburg section today.

Bethel Ridge is still blocked by snow at the very top. The bypass goes. The snow is fresh stuff that just fell this week. Umtanum Ridge has a little snow at the very top and just below the summit on the north side, but most has melted. Very wet. Manastash Ridge is in good shape, other than some huge ruts.
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:03 PM   #1401
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Thanks for the update. Does the route appear to be suitable for a big dual sport such as a Tenere?
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:30 PM   #1402
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Thanks for the update. Does the route appear to be suitable for a big dual sport such as a Tenere?
Right at the start of the Bethel Ridge bypass, we came upon two riders, one of them on an R1200GS with dual-sport tires, who decided to turn around because the R1200GS pilot got tired of picking up his bike. He dumped it 4 times in the snow, apparently. With knobbies they probably would have made it.

As for the rest of the route, I'm guessing it's all about how much you're willing to push yourself and how big your balls are. I was glad I was there on my TE610 and not on the V-Strom
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:27 PM   #1403
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Packwood to Ellensburg is Clear. Don't need to reroute.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:38 PM   #1404
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Good news. Riding the WABDR from Stevenson to Concully next week. Any reports/advice on conditions is appreciated.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:02 PM   #1405
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Packwood to Ellensburg is Clear. Don't need to reroute.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:19 AM   #1406
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Good news. Riding the WABDR from Stevenson to Concully next week. Any reports/advice on conditions is appreciated.
I was up on Loop Loop pass a couple weeks ago and the snow was all gone. Should be okay there but I think you might have snow problems between Chelan and Carlton. We had some big drifts that still hadn't melted in that area last year, clear until early July.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:09 PM   #1407
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Cooper Mtn near Chelan Snow Chute Info

This picture http://sdrv.ms/12kWbsE is just south of Gold Creek on Cooper Mtn Road half way up Lake Chelan. Taken this same day in June 2006. The snow chutes on the north exposures take some extra time to melt out. Had to go back down Gold Creek road to Carlton and go to Chelan via highway. Got a flat tire on a sharp rock 100yeards from the highway to make it more fun. It is some 14 miles from the intersection to the highway below (hwy 151).

These 2 pictures show a road sign with mileages and the road just in front (just north) of the snow chute. You cannot see the chute until you 'round the bend.

http://sdrv.ms/17G9K8h
http://sdrv.ms/17G9KVX

So be sure to get a road report all is clear or prepare to go back.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:12 AM   #1408
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Were you in the car? Looks doable on dual sport according to those pictures. Did it get worse than that?. Regardless thanks for the update looks like a fun day out.

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Old 06-12-2013, 07:06 AM   #1409
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I was there last friday working on the Horse Head Pass trail from the Crater Creek trail head. Everything above 5700 feet has snow on it. Even the stuff in the sun is still snowy. The stuff in the shade starts around 5000 feet.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:55 AM   #1410
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Does anyone here have need of a Butler WABDR map? I've got a couple of extras in my stock & need them gone so I can replace with some "closer ta home" maps. I'm a roving dealer for Butler in Texas. PM me if interested $10ea + $2.25 shipping

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