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Aug 21st 2017, 06:19 PM   #16
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

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Originally Posted by Rock Dodger
FS99 is supposed to open on 8/21. YES!!
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08/21/2017: Open 2.5 miles to Bear Meadow. There is a view of Mount St. Helens from Bear Meadow. Repairs are underway and expected to be completed by Aug. 28. Hikers & bicycles are allowed beyond closure.


BOOOO!
Aug 21st 2017, 09:17 PM   #17
 
  Apr 2016
  Longview, WA

  FZ-09
Bear Meadows is the cleanest stretch. Not bad news!
Aug 22nd 2017, 09:49 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

True... But we wanna go all the way out to the observatory.
Aug 22nd 2017, 10:20 PM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  Monsters
That's correct. We were there last weekend, there was a guy that came through the gate with a gravel truck (he didn't let us in after he went through, bummer) and said it was going to open in a few days. We walked past the gate and assessed he was off by a few days at least - the patches in the road were just gravel. You can see the mountain just around the corner but it's not the same. And frankly, there is enough room on the left side to go through if you really want to be a hooligan. Of course no one would ever do such a thing ...
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Aug 22nd 2017, 11:26 PM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
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Originally Posted by goslow
Bear Meadows is the cleanest stretch. Not bad news!
Hmmm............Dave is still around
Aug 23rd 2017, 08:50 AM   #21
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by Lena
That's correct. We were there last weekend, there was a guy that came through the gate with a gravel truck (he didn't let us in after he went through, bummer) and said it was going to open in a few days. We walked past the gate and assessed he was off by a few days at least - the patches in the road were just gravel. You can see the mountain just around the corner but it's not the same. And frankly, there is enough room on the left side to go through if you really want to be a hooligan. Of course no one would ever do such a thing ...
I was tempted to try to squeeze through the barriers, but there was a Ranger and too many other people around when I was there Saturday.

I actually got stuck going North on 25 in the dark after riding around Cougar, Portland, Mt. Hood, and Carson. What a fucking nightmare. The frost heaves and cracks are much worse going North, and it looks like they're going to drop you right off the cliff.

There are some truly fantastic sections of Wind River road though. Just beautiful pavement and no traffic. Gotta watch out for that quick turnoff to Meadow Creek. Miss it and you run into gravel after a hundred yards.
Aug 23rd 2017, 08:53 AM   #22
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by goslow
Bear Meadows is the cleanest stretch. Not bad news!
That was a fun chunk of road, and the view is great from the overlook / picnic area. Got a lot of pictures there and at an unnamed overlook farther South. 90 heading West to Carson was real busy though.
Aug 23rd 2017, 09:17 AM   #23
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

My weekend:
https://goo.gl/maps/HMTJ9YBr8to
Renton to Iron Creek on Friday, by way of Chinook / Cayuse Pass. Iron Creek to Bear Meadow to Cougar to Voodoo Too and SeeSee in Portland to Backwoods Brewing in Carson and back to Iron Creek on Saturday. Iron Creek to Stonehenge in Goldendale to Hop Nation in Yakima and back to Renton on Sunday. 819 miles per Google.

Time to re-check the tension on that new chain, and almost time for an oil change. Definitely time to sign up for a new image host...
Aug 28th 2017, 12:22 PM   #25
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  Apr 2016
  Renton



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SMC Windy Ridge Tour 08/26

YEAH!!! It's Open
Aug 28th 2017, 12:23 PM   #26
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

Rode 99 on Sunday. Up to bear meadows is nice and clean. The first 2 miles after bear meadows has open gravel pits where they repaired the east bound lanes. Couple of big holes near the end of 99 also east bound lane.
Aug 29th 2017, 07:39 AM   #27
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

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Call Do Over.
Sep 3rd 2017, 03:28 PM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Just did Windy Ridge and FS-25 to Randle and back, yesterday (Sat. Sep. 2nd) afternoon.

I can confirm some of the information that has already been reported; yes, there is gravel in them thar hills. Having said that, much of the gravel should not be a major issue for most riders.

My route was out through Cougar on FS-90, and then North on FS-25 to FS-99. Out FS-99 to Windy Ridge, and then back down to FS-25 and then North to Randle for Fuel. I then turned around and headed back down FS-25 to Cougar and on home.


Road Conditions

FS-25:

There are now 2 gravel sections on FS-25. They are both North of the FS-99 turn off, and located near the new bridge at the big washout. One is about 200-300 yards North of the bridge, and the other is about the same distance South of the Bridge. They should not be a problem for most folks. Currently their surfaces are still pretty smooth (no wash boarding, pot holes, or ruts), and the gravel is the small peat size that is typically used in surface road repair. Also, there are cleared tire sized tracks through both, and what gravel is there isn't very deep. The good news is that both sections have been well marked, allowing enough time to slow down if you feel the need to.

In regards to other road damage. There really isn't any new damage from last year. However, much of the previous damage has only gotten worse. In particular, South of the FS-99 turn-off there is a section of road in the higher elevations where part of the road had cracked off and sloughed down the hill. They fixed that section last year and put up some jersey barriers. That fix is still good, but adjacent to that section on the south side, half of the North bound lane is starting to crack and has began sloughing off. It has created a little berm that might ruin your day depending on how fast you hit it. Additionally, within about a 1/4 mile to the north of that section, there is a good sized dip that is roughly at the apex of a left hand turn in the North bound lane. No matter how fast you are moving, it is difficult to see until you are right on top of it.

FS-99:

There are now approximately 7-9 short sections of gravel on FS-99. All but one are entirely in the eastbound (return) lane. The one gravel section in the westbound (out to Windy Ridge) lane, actually sits astride the center-line, and takes up a little less than half of each lane. Even though most of the gravel sections are in the eastbound lane, a lot of gravel has been pulled into the westbound lane from them. Fortunately, enough cars have traveled through, that there are cleared tire tracks through the gravel on the westbound lane. As the gravel sections appeared to be deep, I avoided riding through them by either going fully into the oncoming lane in the straighter sections, and rode the yellow line in the curvy sections with due caution. Fortunately, the traffic was light enough that I didn't have to dodge back into the gravel.

The eastern most gravel sections are just west of Bear Meadows. I can't The western most is somewhere in the vicinity of the Northern most area of Spirit Lake. They are pretty much spread out through the blast zone.

The good news is that most of the gravel sections are very easily seen, or have warning signs posted. You shouldn't be surprised. Overall, you can set a nice pace going out, but if you come up on a gravel section in the eastbound lane, I'd advise keeping an eye out for oncoming traffic trying to dodge the gravel.
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