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Old 08-19-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Ride FS17/18 tomorrow......Today!

with Turnsleft and myself. We'll be swinging by the park n ride on Hwy 9 at the Skagit River bridge at about or close to 10:15.
see ya there
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Man! That would be awesome to ride with you two, but I'm a Mon-Fri type.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:18 PM   #3
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We met up for the ride



and headed on over the mountain to



at the end of 1855 we had to climb up to this rock for a big view



the blue berries were tasty



the view



Turnsleft gazing at our next objective, about 25 miles of road away





that rock face is our previous view point
















after the vistas and interesting fauna we headed for Darrington, burgers and petrol were due, a 119 miles and empty belly's called. And then it
was "Puppy Love"



the evening light was right at Cumberland Gap



and the Skagit River flowed in our direction



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Old 08-21-2014, 11:56 AM   #4
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Is there a trail around that loop?

I rode that loop for the first time last Sunday and took the roads all the way around. I see a pic in your lineup that looks like there may have been a more interesting way to go about that. It is really pretty back there, but I didn't find any trails like your pic shows. For the record, I'm a noob to riding around these parts, but getting some miles on lately w/ the DR that I got a couple months ago.
If there was a trail-route, I would love to find a track to follow from somebody. Do you have one, Tom?
Thanks for the post and the pics.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:19 PM   #5
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I rode that loop for the first time last Sunday and took the roads all the way around. I see a pic in your lineup that looks like there may have been a more interesting way to go about that. It is really pretty back there, but I didn't find any trails like your pic shows. For the record, I'm a noob to riding around these parts, but getting some miles on lately w/ the DR that I got a couple months ago.
If there was a trail-route, I would love to find a track to follow from somebody. Do you have one, Tom?
Thanks for the post and the pics.
~Travis
I don't have tracks, don't use a GPS. We didn't have a loop trip, rode over and back on FS 17/18. There are some roads on the Darington side we haven't explored yet. That is part of the adventure. Most of these roads dead end, not many loop trips.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:23 PM   #6
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Very nice, you have a little bit of everything, you remembered a flower, and as a bonus you added a puppy.
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I sure miss riding up there with you two. Glad to see that the logging trucks haven't knocked you off a cliff. I don't believe that there are any legal loop routes. There are some that cross private lands that you're likely to meet the business end of a 12-gauge if someone doesn't want you there.
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Old Yesterday, 01:35 PM   #8
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Right; not really a loop.

Right. Not a loop, really.

I started in Everett and slabbed up to the Walker Valley parking lot and then worked my way up to Split Rock. I continued up to Sedro Wolley on Logging roads. (Actually an interesting part of the ride, just after Split Rock.) East on Old Skagit Hywy and then up the start of FR17 (Cumberland?); then to 18. Ended at Old Swede near Darrington. Finished the "Loop" on the Mountain Loop highway back to Everett. Think it was 205 miles. Good thing for non-stock saddles on DR650's. :-) Fun day. Not a quick ride.

I was more asking about trails around FR17 and 18. If there are any, that is. Thanks for the reply, btw.
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I was more asking about trails around FR17 and 18. If there are any, that is. Thanks for the reply, btw.
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There are no trails around that area, they are almost all logging road spurs.
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Old Yesterday, 03:25 PM   #10
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there are a couple of loops you can do.. maybe 3-4 in that area if you include pavement - not a lot, but some, and it's fun pavement like the Concrete-Skagit road etc.

nice ride photos..
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Old Yesterday, 08:37 PM   #11
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Looking back at FS 1855.



End of the objective road, FS 2811 I believe.



White Horse through some flower things.



TB73, except for 17 & 18 all the spurs are ride in and ride back out. There are quite a few that will adjust your mirrors for you and slap ya in the face. Don't forget putting Rat Trap in your loop.

Some people don't like to back~track; just make loops. Lots of fun to be had in them thar woods.
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