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Friend pulled his husaberg out and asked me if we should roll somewhere Sunday... I said “At dawn... we ride.”

Took off from just northeast of Enumclaw and headed over the mountain for some beautiful views and lunch at Whistlin’ Jacks riverside restaurant.

A few rough roads and trails, couldn’t finish a ride without eating s**t at least once, hit a bunch of loose gravel towards the bottom of the mountain where the road had recently been graded... Fat Gypsy went down hard, gonna need a new face shield for my helmet, but all the right gear kept me safe except for some minor scratches.

It was still a blast! Can’t wait to do it again.

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Big Blake and his TW

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Some Smokey views from the lookout tower.

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Loadin up and headin home.
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Nice TWbiglake! Nice country. Is there a big lake down tacoma way? I used to live on big lake, east of Mt Vernon
 

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I was the Transportation System Planner and Manager for the Wenatchee Okanogan National Forest and I am very familiar with the roads and trails in the Naches area.....you might consider riding over the Naches Pass Trail/4X4 route from near Enumclaw to the Little Naches....from there..... there are thousands of miles of trails and roads to ride in the sunshine...from there you can ride to Canada or even Alaska.....Oregon or Idaho..... that is nearly ideal dual sport riding country...

I have been retired for about 25 years so my information may be out of date but I have ridden all of the trails that are open to motorcycles.....including many that were open before Wilderness Legislation ……..Like they say in Alaska..."I hope to see you down the trail."
 

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Looks like a great place to ride.
It really was, once we got up around 3000ft everything starts opening up to see all the huge valleys and mountains in the area, I grew up in northeast Oregon which has a special kind of beauty in itself, seeing this area was a real treat!
 

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Nice TWbiglake! Nice country. Is there a big lake down tacoma way? I used to live on big lake, east of Mt Vernon
There is a “Big Lake” east of Mt Vernon, I only know because a friend use to talk about all the bass fishing he used to do up there.

I have never been since it’s a ways up north, but it sounds like quite a destination.
 

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Found out the hard way not to use your head to save the bike??
Full disclosure, once my tires started floating across the loose gravel like it was gosh dang David Copperfield, the decision was really out of my hands, bars cocked all the way to the right with my hands still on it, so I did what any sane person would do in that situation...

... I cursed the earth for its savage prank and attempted to head-butt it to let It know who’s boss.

In the words of the great Will Farrell... “You lose that battle 9 times out of 10.”
 

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I was the Transportation System Planner and Manager for the Wenatchee Okanogan National Forest and I am very familiar with the roads and trails in the Naches area.....you might consider riding over the Naches Pass Trail/4X4 route from near Enumclaw to the Little Naches....from there..... there are thousands of miles of trails and roads to ride in the sunshine...from there you can ride to Canada or even Alaska.....Oregon or Idaho..... that is nearly ideal dual sport riding country...

I have been retired for about 25 years so my information may be out of date but I have ridden all of the trails that are open to motorcycles.....including many that were open before Wilderness Legislation ……..Like they say in Alaska..."I hope to see you down the trail."
Hi Bartruff, I’m just learning where most of the major connecting forest service roads (like 70 and recently 7090) and some of the crazy trails that will take you over the mountains to the east. You are absolutely right, for anyone reading... there are tons of amazing trails with an insane amount of camping areas right off the side of the road. You could spend weeks there and not cover all the beautiful and amazing trails and areas to see.

So we did part of the Naches trail but broke off to take a few of the easier trails and reconnected up to forest service roads to get to Whistlin Jacks lodge. Can’t wait to take on some of the other areas as I get more experience and build more confidence.
 

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The Naches Trail was used by the Native People to trade and raid the Costal and Puget Sound Tribes....and by the early explorers (Canoe and Saddle) , by the Longmire Party and by the Army...…

After WWII when the Soldier Boys returned to the Yakima Valley, after they had knocked up their wives and girl friends they turned to Jeeping for some fun …. at that time Jeeping involved drinking a lot of beer and tearing hell out of the country side...... and they formed the Ridge Runners Jeep Club..... Naches Pass was one of their favorite places and they did a lot of work to make it passable for Jeeps....

I also worked as a Transportation Planner for the Mt Baker Snoqualmie...…..the Forest Service people in the Regional Office and the Mount Baker Snoquallmie wanted to close the Historical trail to motorized use...but the Supervisors on the Wenatchee insisted that it stay available to 4X4s and motorcycles and it was kept out of the Wilderness for that purpose...……. a rare win for the semi primitive motorized users....

The Wenatchee (a rural forest} has a extensive systems of 4X4 Routes and motorized trails.....the Mt Baker Snoqualmie ( a urban forest)…..not so much...
 

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This place is my back yard. We used to spend some 20 odd nights there a year. We did a 100 mile dirt only day up there last fall. If any one needs a tour guide come find me. I can’t wait to get back out there!
 

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Sounds good Plumb. And/or, it would be a nice ride to piece together enough forest roads, to make it from the Canadian border to Oregon. Like the Piaute in Utah or that one in Idaho
 

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Sounds to me that Naches needs to become a yearly destination like Moab has become. Us NW riders need to get a plan together as we do have some great areas to play in here. Not having to drive for a couple days to some of our get togethers would be nice.
That sounds like a lot of fun, definitely worth discussing, I throw a post up for discussing and participation. See what folks think.
 

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Sounds good Plumb. And/or, it would be a nice ride to piece together enough forest roads, to make it from the Canadian border to Oregon. Like the Piaute in Utah or that one in Idaho
That has been done...called the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route....about 575 miles takes about 5 days from Stevenson to Nighhawk…..there are commercial maps available for it.... you can use the Google for all types of info on it. There is even a forum for it.

I live near a section of it...many are riding dual sport 650s with GPS displays and inter coms of some kind. They know where they are and where they are going.... you can see the smiles under their dust caked faces .

About 25 years ago we (Forest Service) put together a route for the soldier boys from Fork Lewis.....most had very little experience on a trail bike...what a riot...no one was killed …. it is a wonderful thing to be 18...
 

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OK, first we need an area to be able to park several rigs. Those that live near these areas and know them, please give us some ideas of where we can get together.
 

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Well if you know when and where you want to go and how many people will attend …

there are Forest Service Campgrounds in the Little Naches that are popular for bikes and jeeps and you can contact the Naches Ranger Station about a group site or a special use permit ….. the Little Naches is the most popular ridding area.

and there are several private campgrounds on Chinook Pass

and a Resort at Whistling Jacks.....$$$$ but it has a bar/restaurant/gas/cabins/RV sites.....

and there is Jim Sprick Community Park (check out their web site) a community campground along the river with lots of grass and pines ...they charge a fee and require a reservation...

in fact nearly every campground is along the Naches, Little Naches, American or Bumping rivers....

The trip over Chinook Pass is worth the price of admission..

I am in Wenatchee but there are members in here from Yakima and environs....
 

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I generally use white pass when going east. Having to deal with the traffic on the west side to go over chinook is not something I like to do. Would be nice to use the forest campgrounds if possible. Don't mind paying a fee, but the commercial parks are more expensive for the most part.
 

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Just for a quicky get together, we could do a ride in Capitol forest for those that would like to get out and do a meet and greet for us on the west side and do some planning of some eastern wa rides. With Vanilla and a few others on the east side for guidance would love to go over there for some good high country riding the eastern slopes.
 
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