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May 22nd 2018, 09:32 AM   #1
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

MT. Hood - FS-48/Wamic Rd - FS-44/Dufur Mill Loop: 21 May 18

Made an afternoon run yesterday. Went out around Mt. Hood, Tygh Valley and Dufur.


(Click on above map to go to G-Map).

I started by heading out Marine Drive to Troutdale, then took the Scenic HWY out to Springdale. I then headed Southeast through the Bull Run area (Bull Run, Ten-Eyck, Marmot, E Barlow Trail, etc) to Zig Zag, where I jumped on to HWY 26.


Mt. Hood from Marmot Rd.


Marmot Rd.

Heading East, I made my way up through Government Camp and onto HWY 35.

A quick note here on construction. There were several areas of utility work on Marmot Rd with flaggers involved. Nothing major, and I was fortunate not to have to wait long to continue on. There was however, major construction on HWY 26 a few miles east of Rhododendron with traffic restricted to one lane. I was lucky to arrive at the lane closure just as the Eastbound traffic was flagged through. Fortunately, that was the last of the construction I encountered.

I made a quick dash up HWY 35 to FS-48 and continued eastward to Tygh Valley. Taking FS-48 was a small gamble, as the Forestry Service website currently lists the road as having only one lane open (truck/SUV advised). However, as the road conditions were dated May 8th, I figured that a lot of the remaining snow and ice, would be well melted off due to the above average temps of the past few weeks. I was pleased to find out that my guess was right. The only remaining snow I saw, was well off the road, and under some of the trees. There is still a little bit of debris on the road; but nothing dangerous, and it is easily seen and avoided. Having said that, you will want to keep an eye on the fog line, as there was still some larger stuff (rocks and winter fall) jutting a little bit over into the lane.

The pavement is still in good overall shape. I didn't notice any new damage, however, a lot of the minor damage from previous years is still present. With the exception of hitting a hidden dip in a left hand corner of the eastbound lane (which did give me a WTF moment), the road was just fine.


FS-48/Wamic Rd.

Continuing into Tygh Valley, I was hoping to arrive in time to have lunch at Molly B's. Unfortunately, I arrived too late so I ended up heading up to Dufur and had a late lunch at WE3 Coffee.

After lunch, I headed back West to HWY 35 via Dufur Valley/Mill Rd (FS-44). Most of the road was in great shape, with the exception of the last 5 miles or so before hitting HWY 35. There was some light sandy gravel in most of the corners. Nothing major, and I didn't encounter any slippage, but I did back off a little to allow me to ride a more relaxed line through the tire tracks of the road. Reaching HWY 35, I turned South, and headed to Cooper Spur Rd. HWY 35 is in great shape itself (nice and clean) all the way through.

Turning onto Cooper Spur Rd, I quickly encountered the one road that was still not ready for prime time playing.


Cooper Spur Rd

Where as the straighter sections are relatively clean, most of the corners still have a lot of sand and gravel in them. The road is rideable, as most of the curves have clear tire tracks through them. However, there were one or two curves where the sandy gravel was still heavily spread across the entire road. I did encounter a lot of slippage up there, and that was at a very relaxed pace. Hopefully, Hood River County will run their street sweeper up there soon, as Cooper Spur Rd is fairly clean by Memorial Day weekend.

Reaching Parkdale (and with plenty of daylight left), I opted to take the Dee HWY (HWY 281) into Hood River rather than just slabbing down HWY 35. With light traffic and great pavement, I soon reached Hood River, and crossed over the bridge to SR-14 for the final stretch home.

It was definitely a great day for a ride. The weather was practically perfect, and I had a great lunch too. Now that FS-48 is open, Fossil Runs become a lot more interesting and fun, when coming from the PDX area.
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Edited by FeralRdr on May 23rd 2018 at 06:07 AM Reason: G-Map Tech Support.
May 22nd 2018, 09:58 AM   #2
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

Great day and nice roads!
May 22nd 2018, 10:58 AM   #3
 Rusty Nail's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Sandy

  2013 Spyder
Great report Greg! I was thinking of heading that way soon but was concerned about the gravel. Glad to hear it's almost all gone.
May 22nd 2018, 11:11 AM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Dude...what a sick ride. I'm envious. If you ever want a riding partner on one of those epic rides. I ride spirited yet sane, don't make unnecessary pit stops, love the scenery and you seem to know the route...hook me up..life is gooder on a bike..
May 22nd 2018, 11:53 AM   #5
 chadams66's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
thanks for the reporting on Hwy.48...
May 22nd 2018, 01:22 PM   #6
 grizfan's Avatar
 
  May 2016
  Troutdale

  2014 Aprilia Tuono V4R
Great pictures and report. I think we briefly met in Klickitat a couple of years ago. I believe I had my black Tuono at the time. I think you were with a pack of KTM ADV bikes. We crossed paths again later that day on Old Man Pass.

Now if you could only report on Detroit/Quartzville
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May 22nd 2018, 07:38 PM   #7
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Washington

Great write up as usual, Feral. I've been wanting to check out FS44, so I'm glad you did the scouting!
May 22nd 2018, 07:40 PM   #8
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
such a great bike for a ride like that.

nice write-up. thx.
May 22nd 2018, 07:46 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Prosser, WA

  S1000rr and a few others!
Great write up! Was curious if the road through Wamic was open. Saw the same on Cooper Spur about 3 weeks ago too.

May go that way this weekend or toward Fossil. not sure yet.
May 22nd 2018, 08:15 PM   #10
 Halbie's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2018 Kawasaki Z900RS
Hi. This is great. I know most of those roads but Iíve not been able to put together the full route to zig zag without being on 26 too much. If you ha e that map saved in google, would you share the turn by turn? Also good to know of that first restaurant that was closed.


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May 22nd 2018, 08:24 PM   #11
 Halbie's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2018 Kawasaki Z900RS
Never mind my request for the map step by step details.

Just found the route at the link for WE3 cafe. Thx.


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May 23rd 2018, 06:01 AM   #12
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

If you click on the picture of the above route Map, it will take you to the actual G-Map.

Also, to be clear; Molly B's in Tygh Valley wasn't closed for good, it just closes at 2:00 PM. I arrived a little after 3:00, so WE3 was my fall back plan.

Edited by FeralRdr on May 23rd 2018 at 06:09 AM
May 23rd 2018, 06:45 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Here

How were those big, regularly spaced cracks in the road on 48 for about the first mile or so just inside the East limit of the NF? Still there? Any worse? When I last encountered them they were in theory more than wide enough to catch a tire (you can even clearly see them in satellite view) but since they were all peculiarly perpendicular to the road and notably clean and hard-edged you could pretty much roll right over them, even at speed if you were paying attention, but I expect them to break down and develop more and more dangerous spots with use and successive years if they don't fix them.
May 23rd 2018, 07:37 AM   #14
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Quote:
Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
How were those big, regularly spaced cracks in the road on 48 for about the first mile or so just inside the East limit of the NF? Still there? Any worse? When I last encountered them they were in theory more than wide enough to catch a tire (you can even clearly see them in satellite view) but since they were all peculiarly perpendicular to the road and notably clean and hard-edged you could pretty much roll right over them, even at speed if you were paying attention, but I expect them to break down and develop more and more dangerous spots with use and successive years if they don't fix them.
They are still there; and depending on your bike, just as annoying. On my old 87 FJ1200, they were really uncomfortable (repetitive jolts through the suspension), and definitely slowed me down a little. However, on both of my Ninja's ('12 and '17) they are more tolerable, and aren't really an issue for me. It's still a little bumpy, but the more modern suspension makes a huge difference. In short, they are no worse than in previous years, but I do agree, that they will probably only get worse.

Edited by FeralRdr on May 23rd 2018 at 07:43 AM
May 23rd 2018, 08:39 AM   #15
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Fun ride! I need to head down that way again soon, and fill the tire-proof growler at Backwoods.
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