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Aug 26th 2017, 09:42 PM   #1
 R1 Jackal's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  a bike with a single R
SMC Windy Ridge Tour 08/26

Wow, what a great ride today to the Washington side of the world and Windy Ridge lookout out point. First with the locals rallying at Holsteinís coffee for SMC where we were fortunate enough to flag down a rider looking for us. Glad to meet you Al Ducati! Maybe next time you can join us on our next ride.

Making our way to Carson & fuel, we enjoyed the smooth, beautiful road up the hill to the McClellan viewpoint where we meet Mike & Sean from the Portland area. Donít know if you two made the trek to Windy Ridge but itís open.

NRD Road 25 to the Windy Ridge cutoff was as rough as expected, and more! Still, if one runs expecting to go into motocross mode from time to time, itís fun!

NFD Road 99 up the final hill to the Windy Ridge lookout was fun as always with the additional challenge of several deep gravel ďpitsĒ (road repairs) on mainly the downhill side of the road. Traffic was light. At the lookout, we meet our final guest rider of the day. Donít know his name but he was a fellow skilled rider on a í06 red CBR. Mr. CBR, if you get a chance look us up for a ride. A group of us had a spirited run down the hill for a much-needed refill of fluids and food.

Until next time, ride onÖ..
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Aug 27th 2017, 08:15 AM   #2
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
Epic ride Jackal! Good meeting all of you.

FR 25 has turned into a slalom course. That "skateboard park" that formed in the middle of that one tight left-hander over the winter sent me flying. The final approach was OK, but the hard landing blew the seals on my Ohlins; I was dripping oil all the way home. I was planning a major overhaul at EDR over the winter, but I might as well do it now. As soon as she gets fixed I'll make another Hell's Canyon run. Stay tuned.

Good Riding to You All,

Quixote
Aug 31st 2017, 07:56 AM   #3
 
  Aug 2017
  seattle

thanks for the report on NF-99... I've been wondering if it was going to open at all this summer.

Re- the gravel sections .... curious how bad and long they are for someone on a sportbike. Is it so bad one has to put-put through with your feet down to keep from washing out?

I was thinking about riding NF-25 south from Randle and then up to Windy Ridge, but between what I've read about rough pavement/frost heaves on 25 and now road repairs on 99 that have gravel, I'm thinking about going elsewhere this weekend. Seems like this used to be a fun destination, but I'm not so sure anymore.

thanks.
Aug 31st 2017, 08:20 AM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by westseattle
thanks for the report on NF-99... I've been wondering if it was going to open at all this summer.

Re- the gravel sections .... curious how bad and long they are for someone on a sportbike. Is it so bad one has to put-put through with your feet down to keep from washing out?

I was thinking about riding NF-25 south from Randle and then up to Windy Ridge, but between what I've read about rough pavement/frost heaves on 25 and now road repairs on 99 that have gravel, I'm thinking about going elsewhere this weekend. Seems like this used to be a fun destination, but I'm not so sure anymore.

thanks.
You'll have to putt-putt through two sections of gravel on FS25 if you hit FS99 from the North. The stuff I saw on FS99 was just above Bear Meadow and looked to be about 20 yards. I didn't pass the barricade though.
Aug 31st 2017, 09:15 AM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
You can ride in the left lane to get around the gravel. Not a big deal.

It's still a great ride.

I think Wind River Road from Paradise Campground to McLellan Viewpoint is the best stretch of road around here, enjoy!
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Aug 31st 2017, 02:06 PM   #6
 
  Aug 2017
  seattle

thanks!
Sep 8th 2017, 04:44 PM   #7
 
  Jul 2016
  tigard

  2013 Ninja 1000
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Originally Posted by R1 Jackal
Making our way to Carson & fuel, we enjoyed the smooth, beautiful road up the hill to the McClellan viewpoint where we meet Mike & Sean from the Portland area. Donít know if you two made the trek to Windy Ridge but itís open.
Mike here....nice meeting you guys, also. What a great day that was for riding.
Sep 8th 2017, 10:18 PM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
I remember riding up to Windy Ridge via Randle on NF 25 in 1984 after the Federal funds paved the roads. Fresh tarmac was epic, but I was fussing with GS 750 carbs and my fussing didn't equate to a proper set up. Still had a blast. Finest twisty roads I'd ever ridden at the time. Fond memories.
Sep 10th 2017, 10:15 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  Monsters
Everyone is getting their fill of Windy Ridge while it's open ...
Sep 11th 2017, 01:23 PM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Everyone is getting their fill of Windy Ridge while it's open ...
Doesn't look like you can get there right now because of the fires.
Sep 11th 2017, 09:56 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

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Doesn't look like you can get there right now because of the fires.
To the best of my knowledge, none of the paved roads in that area have been closed. FS-25 and FS-99, are certainly still open; and FS-30/Wind River Rd is suppose to still be open as well (at least as of today they are). They only closed a few Forest Service Rds over by Trout Lake, and I believe that they are gravel roads. A friend of mine rode out to Trout Lake on FS-90/23 on Sunday and had no problems at all. Well other than the fact he said that route is getting worse than ever before (haven't hit it myself yet).

The key point, is that Windy Ridge should still be very accessible.
Sep 12th 2017, 07:33 AM   #12
 
  Mar 2016
  Columbia River Gorge

  Ninja 1000
The section of 90 from the stop sign below McLellan Viewpoint to the 23 junction is pretty bad. But the 23 road is like a racetrack. Did it a couple of weeks ago.


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Sep 12th 2017, 10:15 AM   #13
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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To the best of my knowledge, none of the paved roads in that area have been closed. FS-25 and FS-99, are certainly still open; and FS-30/Wind River Rd is suppose to still be open as well (at least as of today they are). They only closed a few Forest Service Rds over by Trout Lake, and I believe that they are gravel roads. A friend of mine rode out to Trout Lake on FS-90/23 on Sunday and had no problems at all. Well other than the fact he said that route is getting worse than ever before (haven't hit it myself yet).

The key point, is that Windy Ridge should still be very accessible.
I may have to make a trip down this weekend to finally see it.
Sep 15th 2017, 02:20 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  a bike with a single R
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Mike here....nice meeting you guys, also. What a great day that was for riding.
Nice to meet you too Mike. If you ever ride out to the eastern Gorge or east Oregon, give us a shout.
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