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Mar 26th 2021, 11:52 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
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Klickitat - Cook Underwood - Carson to Cougar 26 Mar 21

Oldmanriver, BPwilson, and myself made a run out to Klickitat today. Weather was overall quite decent with mostly overcast skies on the way out and back, and sunny skies out in the Klick' area.

We met up at the Safeway on the corner of 4th plain and 162nd, and headed out via Washougal River Rd (WRR) to SR-14. Turning East onto SR-14, we continued on until we reached the Cook-Underwood area. Jumping off of 14 onto Cook-Underwood Rd, we headed up to the scenic view point for some picts. Afterwards, we continued on to HWY 141 Alt, where we turned, and headed North to BZ Corners.

Looking East from the Cook-Underwood Scenic Lookout.

Looking South West towards Mt. Hood.

After a short stop at the BZ Corner Grocery/gas station, we headed to Glenwood on the BZ-Glenwood HWY.

Mt. Adams

BZ-Glenwood HWY with Mt. Adams in the distance.

Just an FYI. We didn't stop in Glenwood, but both the Glenwood Station and the Grocery Store were open for business when we went through. From Glenwood we headed East on the Glenwood-Goldendale HWY towards the canyon twisties and the junction with HWY 142.

My coconspirators.

Looking back down the canyon.

The roads were overall in great shape. WRR was fairly damp and dusty in spots, but otherwise very nice. SR-14 was dry and pretty clean. Cook-Underwood was damp in quite a few spots, but was also very clean. The Klick area was surprisingly in great shape. We were expecting a lot of sand and gravel on the roads, but the only real gravel that wasn't on the sides was down at the bridge at the bottom of the canyon twisties (adjacent to the county campground next to the Klickitat River). The gravel sits on either side of the bridge, but is just in a few narrow strips about 6 ft long sitting in the grease strip of the lane. They are easily seen and avoided. If you should hit any of them, they shouldn't cause any real issues as they are roughly as narrow as a tar snake. There were a few "dusty" looking spots on the BZ-Glenwood HWY. However, the "dust" is very light, and none of us had any traction issues in those areas.

A close-up of the road: a smattering of gravel along the fogline

Upon reaching HWY 142, we headed South to Klickitat, and then turned up onto the Klick-Appleton HWY. We continued on to Canyon Rd, and turned South to Old HWY 8 and SR-14. We then headed to White Salmon for lunch at Everybody's Brewing.

After grabbing food and fuel, we decided that rather than deal with potential rush hour traffic on SR-14, we would see if the Carson to Cougar loop was open. As we left the Klick' area heading west, the sunny skies became overcast and the temps started to drop a little. We passed through Carson, and headed North up Wind River Rd to Old Man Pass. The temps out in the Klickitat area had been in the low 50's. As we headed away from the Gorge and started to climb into the higher elevations, the temps continued to drop further; reaching down into the 30's as we headed up Old Man Pass. Additionally, we soon started encountering damp areas on the road. Fortunately, the temps never dropped below freezing, so the dampness never became an issue. However, it did cause us to move with a little caution at times when encountering damp pavement.

Old Man Pass Snow Park.

After reaching the top of the pass, we realized that we shouldn't have any issues with snow for the rest of the way home. We continued on the loop homeward, without any real issues. The pavement on FS-90 in the Northwoods area is still pretty chewed up with some gnarly potholes in a few spots, but they are still relatively easy to avoid. There also is some pavement damage on FS-90 adjacent to Swift Forest camp, but again it is relatively easy to avoid.

We continued back via our usual haunts: SR-503, Amboy-Yacolt, WH Garner, and Kelly Roads. We all made it home safe and sound with plenty of daylight left.

It was definitely a great day, for a great ride, with great friends.

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Edited by FeralRdr on Mar 29th 2021 at 09:06 AM Reason: Added additional link for G-Maps
Mar 27th 2021, 07:55 AM   #2
 TREX600's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Mar 27th 2021, 08:38 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

Thanks for that. I've been wondering about the Carson/Cougar route. Looks like it is snow free, at least, but there will be melt water across the road for awhile.
Mar 27th 2021, 09:22 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
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Originally Posted by McRider
Thanks for that. I've been wondering about the Carson/Cougar route. Looks like it is snow free, at least, but there will be melt water across the road for awhile.
You are welcome.

There were a few areas where there was a noticeable trickle across the road, but it wasn't anything heavy or deep, nor did they cause any issues. Granted, I am currently running PR4's (which do extremely well in the wet), but even if I was running a tire with lesser wet performance, the worst I believe would have happened is an experience similar to running over a warm tar snake. Not a fun feeling to be sure, but also not really dangerous so long as you don't panic and lock up the binders.
Mar 28th 2021, 06:38 AM   #5
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  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
Good loop! I've been on most of it but not the section through Appleton. How does that compare to staying on 142?
Mar 28th 2021, 09:23 AM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Des Moines, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
^ 142, pretty, decent sweepers and more traffic.

Through Appleton, twistys on generally great pavement until you reach old Hwy 8.

When I'm out that way, I gotta run Canyon Road.
Mar 28th 2021, 09:36 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by TJRace
Good loop! I've been on most of it but not the section through Appleton. How does that compare to staying on 142?

You've never been on the Klick-Appleton/Canyon Rd/Old Hwy 8 By-Pass? That is one of the funnest sections out there. Where as the lower section of 142 (South of Klickitat) is predominately high speed sweeper curves, most of Canyon Rd, and the Klick-Appleton HWY is tight and technical. Canyon Rd in particular is very similar to HWY 47 above Clatskanie. HWY 8 is a bit bumpy in spots, but we're not talking anything ugly or dangerous; and other than that, the pavement for those roads is currently in very good shape.

Old HWY 8

Canyon Rd at the Jct with HWY 8.

Edit: The above picts are a few years old, but the pavement hasn't changed that much from when the picts were taken.

Edited by FeralRdr on Mar 28th 2021 at 05:42 PM
Mar 28th 2021, 11:40 AM   #8
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  Apr 2016

  L3 GSX-R750, Tracer 900
Sweet, thanks for all the details! We went coast yesterday, but itching to get up to Klickitat soon
Mar 28th 2021, 07:50 PM   #9
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  Jun 2019
  West Linn

  Ducati Multistrada, KTM 300, CR500
Good to know! I happened upon 142 a couple years ago and enjoyed it enough that any time I'm in the neighborhood I hit that section. Looking forward to trying Canyon Rd next time I'm out that way.
Mar 28th 2021, 08:44 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
wow..too cool...I was planning a rip up 142 here in the near future...I'll have to see if the gang is up for this instead...

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