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Old 02-08-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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Vancouver Island logging roads advice

Hey all,

Is there anyone who has a good knowlege of logging roads on Vancouver Island? My plan is to travel the Island from bottom to top & back again while riding as many logging roads as possible over a few days. For example, is thare a logging road that connects Gold River to Port Hardy?? ..that sort of thing. I have a backroads map book to assist me but I'd very much like to hear from you who have travelled the L roads. The more senic the better!



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Old 02-08-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
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the backroad map book is your best bet. however, I would be a little bit surprised if what you are talking about is possible. typically, forestry roads follow the watersheds so it's not very often that they cross a height of land. this means that you can't really travel very far on them. that being said, i've never explored the roads on the island much, but that's how they work most other places.

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Old 02-08-2010, 03:27 PM   #3
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I have gone to Port Renfrew,Alberni-Bamfield-Cowichan Lake,Gold River,
Tahsis,Port Alice,Winter Harbour and some more like Alberni-Cumberland via
Comox Lake,Nanaimo Lakes.Essentially they all go across,not along the
Island
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:27 PM   #4
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I have gone to Port Renfrew,Alberni-Bamfield-Cowichan Lake,Gold River,
Tahsis,Port Alice,Winter Harbour and some more like Alberni-Cumberland via
Comox Lake,Nanaimo Lakes.Essentially they all go across,not along the
Island
I hear what you're saying. I guess I'll have to settle for a good mix of paved & service roads. It doesn't have to be in a straight line but an island journey, zig zag style.

Have you been on the road from Gold River to Woss? If so, what type of road is it?
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:22 PM   #7
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Have you been on the road from Gold River to Woss? If so, what type of road is it?
Good gravel logging road. I did it with our VW Eurovan. Keep your eye open for logging trucks though.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:21 PM   #8
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goldriver-woss

Goldriver - Woss: Drove it with my sidecar rig with no problem.The condition of those roads depends a bit on when and by whome they
have been graded. Bamfield - Cowichan lake at one time was quite rough
with the sidecar wheel sinking completely in deep gravel and all the beercans left in the cooler exploded.- Comox main had some very coarse
tire eating gravel.
From Woss take a side trip to Schoen Lake and /or the skiarea there.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:41 PM   #9
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You can ride pretty much off HWY from one end to the other.

If you use the Gold River route to get to the North end that will be your biggest stretch of pavement {approx 70km} before your back on gravel...

The other route North from Cambell River follows the east side where you will see no pavement {except crossing it a time or 2} until Coal Harbour Road next to Port Hardy and this will only amount to only 10 or 15 km to get you onto the Holberg Road... There used to be a route we used all the time to avoid this strip but some slides took it out a couple years back... I favour this east side route over the Gold River way because it is more scenic and requires some navigation skill... When you reach the Nimpkish Valley the route options to Port Hardy are many....

Here's a video with some scenic areas:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJecAXCioVg

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Old 02-10-2010, 06:59 PM   #10
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From a guy who drives daily in the bush... please buy a radio and tune in the channels you will need.

I mount a handheld on my gas tank with a ear bud for 1 ear and a remote mic, works pretty good and keeps the logging truck drivers happy.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:07 PM   #11
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of course, the radio only works if you know how to call your klicks, plus, on lots of the industry roads, guys call from industry-named points, eg: Loaded from the hammer, Empty up throttle hill, etc, so relying on the radio isn't a 100% good idea (gotta watch for the Eurovans).

The weakness of the backroad mapbooks is that they don't show the gated roads overly accurately. And on the island, there are lots of gates. Big gates. I can usually drag the dakar under them, but rarely the big GS.

And further north, you gotta watch for those damn mini-deer.

The trip from renfrew, bamfield, alberni is a good start, several options and lots of weekend traffic.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:52 PM   #12
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Anonny: I always wondered and worried about the logging traffic.
What kind of radio do you carry? How do you know about the different channels used before you get there and how many channels can you use?
I have been facing logging trucks coming downhill a cuople of times.Not nice.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:55 PM   #13
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Not much room on either side of these guys:

These are the bigger "Fat Boy" off road trucks... They pack a 30% bigger payload than the HWY trucks and take up about 30% more of the road...


When I know there on the roads I slow down and hug the edge on the corners and drive into the prickle bushes to give them a wide berth.... These days on the North end of the Island the backroads are pretty quiet...It seems like the big logging outfits are shut down more often than working...

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I almost got flattened by one of those big boys north of Courtenay on the Duncan bay mainline. They are much, much bigger than our logging trucks that we have up here in the north.

Now this was a few years ago that I was exploring on the island but I found many of the logging roads gated. No big deal for a dual sport that can fit under the gate but it might be something to think about when planning your island ride.
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:51 PM   #15
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I almost got flattened by one of those big boys north of Courtenay on the Duncan bay mainline. They are much, much bigger than our logging trucks that we have up here in the north.

Now this was a few years ago that I was exploring on the island but I found many of the logging roads gated. No big deal for a dual sport that can fit under the gate but it might be something to think about when planning your island ride.
If they are gated does that mean that you aren't really allowed to ride on it, or??
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