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May 16th 2019, 10:29 PM   #1
 Oregon Motorcycle's Avatar
 
  Mar 2019
  oregon

Carson to Cougar on Mothers Day

My first time riding in Washington and man was it fun. This was also my first time getting close to Mt. St. Helens and that was pretty amazing in itself. The road between the lookout and the Cougar Bar & Grill was a lil rough. Several potholes and gravel sections and fallen trees so watch out if your traveling the area. Good times on this Mothers Day and I think the vid is fun too Peace!

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May 17th 2019, 07:24 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

Yeah, the steep end of Wind River is one of my favorite little rides in the state; great place to seat your rings and have mad fun doing it, and bombing down Curly Creek after the overlook at warp factor stupid is indecent fun -- but you pay for it on that first leafy section of NF-90.

It's safer on a cloudy day when you don't have all that high-contrast dappled shade making the condition of the road hard to read. A couple years ago I caught a hard-edged pothole there dead center with my back wheel on a curve and the impact popped my factory topcase right off. It hit me in the back, bounced 50 yards down the road beside me as I slowed, and tumbled into a ravine. To its credit it didn't break open, and I decided to repair and repaint rather than replace. But it was never really secure after that and two weeks ago it came off again on a much milder bump on 202 just past Olney. It's impressively bashed up this time and I think I'll retire it.

Edited by WarpShatner7 on May 17th 2019 at 11:08 AM
May 18th 2019, 07:04 PM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '75 RD125; '72 G5 100; '69 HS1.
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Yeah, the steep end of Wind River is one of my favorite little rides in the state; great place to seat your rings and have mad fun doing it, and bombing down Curly Creek after the overlook at warp factor stupid is indecent fun -- but you pay for it on that first leafy section of NF-90.

It's safer on a cloudy day when you don't have all that high-contrast dappled shade making the condition of the road hard to read.
Going up Wind River with all those tight curves is one of my all time favorite roads around here. Yes, that section of NF90 between Curley Creek & close to Eagle Cliff Store can be downright scary and bone-jarring. But the rest of it, including 90 from Pine Creek to where you cross the water channel toward Cougar is so much fun. I wonder how long it'll be, before nf-25 and Nf-99 will be open. Because of my crash in 2014 and subsequent other injuries, I haven't ridden it for 5 years. I hope to make up for lost time this summer and ride it several times, especially when my RD400 is back on the road!
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May 19th 2019, 07:10 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Prosser, WA

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I rode it a couple weeks ago and definitely found a lot of rough spots and places of gravel from road construction. Still was a good ride.
May 20th 2019, 09:53 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  ?

I've hit C2C several times already over the past few months.

These picts are of the new gravel sections that sit on FS-90 above Swift Reservoir. I took them back at the end of January. Since then a few of the gravel sections have gotten "wash boarded" and "pot holed". Nothing horrible to be sure, but they are getting worse. Hopefully, they will repave those sections soon. That area tends to be better maintained than the Northwoods area, and does get more logging truck traffic through there.





May 20th 2019, 11:15 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

Slightly OT but Carson-Cougar in January? I attempted it one year somewhere in the Dec-Feb timeframe and was scared off by the frost patches once you get into the densely forested area after the turn at Mineral Spring/Meadow Creek. Figured it might just be too early and they'd melt later but I still didn't trust the shaded curves higher up so I turned around.
May 20th 2019, 03:03 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Nice report, got to get back over there.
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May 20th 2019, 04:27 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
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Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
Slightly OT but Carson-Cougar in January? I attempted it one year somewhere in the Dec-Feb timeframe and was scared off by the frost patches once you get into the densely forested area after the turn at Mineral Spring/Meadow Creek. Figured it might just be too early and they'd melt later but I still didn't trust the shaded curves higher up so I turned around.
It's always up in the air when Cougar-Carson opens up. I took those picts on Jan 31, and didn't encounter any frozen stuff until just below McClellan Viewpoint (I was going Clockwise towards Carson). It was well off the road at first, but moved towards the pavement the higher I got. I didn't encounter anything really on the road until I hit McClellan Viewpoint, and it was just in the driveway.





I didn't encounter anything over the fog lines until I reached the top of Curly Creek Rd, and headed South onto Wind River Rd. There were patches of ice that covered he Northbound Lane, but they would have been easily avoided by dodging into the oncoming lane. What snow and ice I encountered in my lane was small and easily dodged (without going into the oncoming lane), until I reached the top of Old Man Pass and encountered this:



I chose to keep to dry pavement and pulled into the adjacent parking lot which was predominantly clear of snow and ice.



As I proceeded down Old Man Pass, the down hill lane was almost entirely clear, but the up-hill lane had several areas that were similar to the patches encountered before (covered almost the entire lane). Fortunately, anyone coming uphill should have been able to safely dodge into the oncoming lane (with plenty of view ahead for any oncoming traffic) to avoid the ice.

Unfortunately, over the following several weeks, that area got lots of new snow so, I didn't bother posting up an "It's Open; Go Ride it" thread.
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May 20th 2019, 05:13 PM   #9
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  Mar 2019
  oregon

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Nice report, got to get back over there.
Thank You. It was an awesome ride.
May 24th 2019, 07:02 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  ?

Just an FYI Update.

Looks like they are going to do some repaving, but sadly, not the areas that need it most (East of Pine Creek).
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United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service

Gifford Pinchot National Forest



Forest Road 90 paving west of Pine Creek May 28-May 30

Date(s): May 13, 2019

Paving to short sections of Forest Road 90 west of Pine Creek & FR 25 will occur around May 28- 30. Travelers should expect only minor delays with one-lane closures and flaggers on both side of the road as new asphalt is laid.

Please use caution while driving on forest roads. Pick up a free, printed or digital Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows all legal forest roads on the Gifford Pinchot.

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