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Jun 13th 2017, 06:47 PM   #1
 Quixote's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
Wallowa and Blue Mountain Road Conditions?

Hello Tri-Cities Riders:

Need some of your local knowledge for some Gorge Riders that are planning a visit soon; would greatly appreciate any recent road reports.

We're spending three days riding out of Sumpter starting 23 June, and need to know if a couple of roads are open.

Planning on riding north from Sumpter through Granite and hopping over Elkhorn Summit (7,400' +), and down past Anthony Lakes on FR 73. The Forest Service website report is a month old, and they seem to assume everyone is on four wheels. Lady at the motel wasn't sure, but thought Elkhorn was still closed. Anybody been over there lately?

Same day we're planning on circling the Wallowas, and taking FR 39 from Joseph to Halfway, with perhaps a detour up Rattlesnake or down to Brownlee.

This has been an exceptional snow year, and even though we're riding on the summer solstice, it seems like winter just won't let go. Last time we were out there we damn near drowned in a thunderstorm on Dooley Mountain; year before it was forest fires. Hope we get it right this time....

Of course, all the usual sportbike shenanigans apply: Dooley Mountain, FR 52, FR 53, Galena, Shaniko, Fossil, Monument, etc. etc. We'll be pretty pooped after three days of twisties.

Any fresh info would be a big help. Thanks, and of course, Good Riding to You All...

Quixote
Jun 13th 2017, 07:22 PM   #2
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  Mar 2016
  West Linn, OR

  2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, on 17's :) 2014 Husqvrana TE310R
I would like to know the same info.

Braap!
Jun 13th 2017, 08:55 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Prosser, WA

  S1000rr and a few others!
52 from ukiah is open and 73 to Sumpter is. I just rode it Sunday. Not too bad of shape either.

Rode Shaniko to antelope and Fossil today. Great ride!

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Jun 14th 2017, 07:00 AM   #4
bcj
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  Jan 2016
  teh rock

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Was through Rattlesnake last month.
The creek washed out part of the road at the bottom near Boggans.
One way traffic control and pilot truck from the bottom to the creek crossing.
Maybe 15 to 30 minute wait for the turnaround.
The rest of the grade to the park at the top is fine.

Don't know how far they've got since then, but it looked like a lot of work yet to go.

From the creek at bottom right down to the oasis was torn up pretty well.



Jun 14th 2017, 07:24 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

You can often find out if FS-39 is open by checking the Wallowa-Whitman N.F. website: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest -Forest Road and Access Report.

If the most recent update is a little old, you can call the closest ranger station/headquarters, and often times can get the most recent information.
Jun 14th 2017, 05:59 PM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the info.

I called around, and the locals are saying that the weather has been unseasonably cold and wet in The Blues. The nice lady at the Forest Service wasn't willing to guess on an opening date; can't say I blame her... If FR 73 across Elkhorn Summit is still blocked by snow, we can divert over Chicken Creek Pass and down FR 51 on the upper Grande Ronde drainage to OR 244; rode it last year and liked it a lot.

FR 39 is the real showstopper, if it's still blocked by snow, I'm unaware of any attractive alternate around the Wallowas, at least on sportbikes. We probably would have to hang around the south side of the Wallowas and explore Oxbow, Brownlee and grab lunch in Cambridge. Not an awful thing anyway....

If any of you guys get word of FR 39 being opened, please post it up.

Thanks again,

Quixote
Jun 14th 2017, 08:05 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Prosser, WA

  S1000rr and a few others!
I took a break where FR 73 meets 52 Sunday and saw several rigs come from 73 onto 52 but dont know if they came through it or maybe turned around and came back. A few days before I made the trip I called the rangers station in Ukiah and she was really helpful.

Good luck!
Jun 16th 2017, 03:26 PM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
Just got off the phone with the Ranger Station in Halfway; FR 39 is open around the Wallowas.

Finally got through to someone who knew the ground game in the Baker City office. He said that "...there's seven miles of snow on FR 73 above Anthony Lakes".

Looks like we'll be rockin' the Wallowas next weekend!
Jun 25th 2017, 01:44 PM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

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Just got back from three days out east. Fan-freaking-tastic!

FR 73 is open and clean over Elkhorn Summit.

FR 39 around the Wallowas is wide open and clean, but watch for potholes hiding in the dappled shade.

FR 73 around Granite is OK; lots of whoop-de- do's on that asphalt. ...

FR 52 from the junction with FR 51 to Ukiah was in the best shape I can recall.

Thanks to you guys for providing info that made it happen.

Now get on your bikes and get out there.

Good Riding to You All,

Quixote
Jun 25th 2017, 02:16 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Thanks for the heads up Quixote. Did you by any chance hit up FR-53 (Heppner to Ukiah)? If so, how was it?
Jun 25th 2017, 05:49 PM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
Hey Feral Rider!

Yep, we rode Ukiah to Heppner this morning, and it was clean, fast and fun. Practically deserted, and no cows on the road.

I think the biggest annoyance this trip (aside from an exploding K&N oil filter, but that's another story...) was the mosquitoes and bugs. At sunset in Sumpter the skeeters were a total buzz kill (smirk); you couldn't hang outside. During the day you were constantly stopping to clean your face shield.....

Still, it was worth it.
Jun 25th 2017, 11:19 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Thanks Quixote.
Hmmmmmm.... Camping or Hoteling.... Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.
Jun 28th 2017, 06:36 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Battle Ground

  1991 Honda CBR1000F
Dangnabit!! Still moving.
Jun 28th 2017, 07:51 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Quote:
Originally Posted by oldmanriver
Dangnabit!! Still moving.
Less typing and more unpacking Bob.

Old McKenzie Pass awaits.

Don't make me do a Solo Run.

Gotta get in shape to go east, dontcha know.

Edited by FeralRdr on Jun 28th 2017 at 07:54 AM
Jun 30th 2017, 09:47 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Battle Ground

  1991 Honda CBR1000F
Last load hauled out, now to find where to put it. I am resting today.
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