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Old 07-06-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Northern Washington to North Idaho

I am taking my first 3 day+ riding trip. Plan is to head up I-5, cut across the N. Cascade highway, then head across the state to Priest Lake, ID. Anyone had any experience on these roads or know of any sweet dual sport riding through here? I will be riding my 800gs, camping, and just having a great time. Going solo! Hoping to leave the tarmac as much as possible.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:35 AM   #2
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Good luck, I'm planning a similar run on that route starting monday.. All pavement as I'm riding a SV650 this go around. Plan is to make Glacier Park or there abouts. Look for the dark gray SV, adorned with an ADV sticker or two and a rider with a white XD3.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:49 AM   #3
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Maybe too far south but, the Lolo Motorway, and the Magruder Corridor and all kinds or dirt-gravel around Hell's Canyon.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:14 AM   #4
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We really like riding Idaho HWY 3. We usually get on at Rose lake off of I-90 and head south, after St Maries you are in and out of NF with lots of side roads to take.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:19 AM   #5
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on your way to hwy 20, get off at Arlington and head over hwy 530 and then up to north mt lookout just pass the mill in darrington. the views are spectacular. if you stop at the ranger station they will give you directions. motos ride past the gate.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:20 AM   #6
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Wow it's going to be a beautiful scenery! Hope the weather is nice as well... Ride safe! =)
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:52 AM   #7
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Anyone had any experience on these roads or know of any sweet dual sport riding through here?
Follow Hwy 20 across the Northern end of the state. When you get to Colville consult your map and search for the roads that lead over to Metaline Falls and Hwy 31 on the Pond Oreille river. I forget the name of the road but it takes you the route past the little Pend Oreille lakes. Make your way out of Metaline Falls to Sullivan lake which is just to the east. Follow the dirt roads and signs that lead you to Priest Lake and the little berg of Nordman. If you make the wrong turn you'll end up in the Salmo Wilderness of North Eastern WA. That's a fine ride as well. If that happens just turn around at the end of the road and make your way back to the correct road that leads to Priest and Nordman. Stop at the Roosevelt grove of ancient cedars before you get to Nordman. There are a lot of dual sport opportunities all around Priest Lake. Most require some local knowledge or a good forest service map but if you go up the east side of the lake to the northern part you can just follow the road as far back into the hills as you want to go.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:36 PM   #8
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Are you looking for dirt or do you want to stay on pavement? There are MANY miles of forest service roads in the area that offer some great riding. Best of all, the global warming is melting out of the hills pretty quickly (finally!). If you follow RonSs directions to Nordman, you can go north, loop around Priest Lake and head south down the east side. Further south from there, I recommend forest service road 278 along the south shore of Lake Pend Orielle, there is a nice little campground at Whisky Rock.

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Old 07-07-2011, 02:59 PM   #9
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Further south from there, I recommed forest service road 278 along the south shore of Lake Pend Orielle, there is a nice little campground at Whisky Rock.
I'll second this. It's another very nice route. As the Renegade illuded to, it's all about the time you have. You could spend all summer in the back country of Eastern WA, Eastern OR, Idaho and Western Montana and never begin to see it all.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:25 PM   #10
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...Hoping to leave the tarmac as much as possible.
I missed that part the first time around...reading comprehension problem. So, how long have you got, any special spots in mind and when will you be out this way? Snow is still an issue in some of the highest ridges, but getting better by the day. You could spend weeks just checking out forest service roads in Idaho alone.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:31 PM   #11
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Magruder Snowed in still

I saw mention of Magruder corridor which is worth the ride, but I just got back from there over the long weekend and ton's of Snow drifts 20 ft tall and lot's of trees still down. Only made it 14 miles from Elk City and had to turn around. Pass from Red Rocks to Shoups still close too
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:05 PM   #12
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Make sure you stop at Metaline Falls for lunch at Cathy's? cafe, the pie is homemade and awesome. +1 on the ride from Sullivan lk. to the Priest Lk. area a very scenic ride for sure. 3 of us did 919 miles form Winthrop to Priest Lk. and back last year. Your gonna have a blast! Enjoy!
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:52 PM   #13
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The North Cascade Hwy 20 is great from the coast to the Okanogan Valley, but heading east from there another great option is north of Hwy 20. Head north on Hwy 97 to Oroville, then head east on Chesaw Road. Stay on it until you get to Torodo Creek Rd then turn left. Torodo Creek Rd eventually turns into Kettle River Rd which takes you to Curlew. From Curlew head east on Boulder Creek Rd. You'll pop out on State 395 just south of Orient. You can then head south and pick up Hwy 20 at Kettle Falls.

We did this route last weekend and the pavement is good, lots of twisties and virtually zero traffic. I prefer it to Hwy 20 on this section. If you're a history buff, take a detour into Molson, just east of Oroville.

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