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post #1 of 8 Old 05-25-2007, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Chehailis Lake,.....not (lower mainland)

Well I started out the day thinking I was going to ride into Chehailis Lake. I was looking at the BC Recreational Atlas and I noticed it showed a way in off of #7 at Dewdney. I found the road OK and started up it. The road is pretty decent for as far as I went. About 10k up I passed a sign that stated "unmaintained wilderness road". Just beyond the sign there was a water crossing. Here I stopped, and pondered. I figured discression is the better part of valor and turned tail for the pavement. My reasoning being, I was alone, I was treading in unfamiliar territory, and it could be a reaallly long walk if something were to happen on the way in.

Has anyone gone in to Chahailis this way? What is the rest of the road like?

I went back out to #7 and zipped up to Morris Valley Rd. (Sasquatch Inn). turned left and headed up to the Chehailis Lake forest service road. It was boarded over saying it was closed due to a washout. Went up anyway and found out they weren't lieing. 15k in the approach to the bridge over the Chehailis River is washed out.

Back down to the Morris Valley Road, a left turn and I zipped up to the second Chehailis access point off that road. It too said closed, so I contented myself with a ride up to Hemlock Valley ski resort and back home.

The road up to Hemlock is either narrow frost heaved ashphalt littered with gravel on most of the switchbacks or very wide gravel road in fairly good condition. I wouldn't put it high on your "roads to ride" list. There are some nice vistas from the top, but not worth the tedious 14k up and down.

Sorry if this ended up a little long, just wanted to give a state of the road report for Chehailis. The south approach looks like it could be a really cool ride, ....with a little bit of backup.

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Well I started out the day thinking I was going to ride into Chehailis Lake. I was looking at the BC Recreational Atlas and I noticed it showed a way in off of #7 at Dewdney. I found the road OK and started up it. The road is pretty decent for as far as I went. About 10k up I passed a sign that stated "unmaintained wilderness road". Just beyond the sign there was a water crossing. Here I stopped, and pondered. I figured discression is the better part of valor and turned tail for the pavement. My reasoning being, I was alone, I was treading in unfamiliar territory, and it could be a reaallly long walk if something were to happen on the way in.

Has anyone gone in to Chahailis this way? What is the rest of the road like?

I went back out to #7 and zipped up to Morris Valley Rd. (Sasquatch Inn). turned left and headed up to the Chehailis Lake forest service road. It was boarded over saying it was closed due to a washout. Went up anyway and found out they weren't lieing. 15k in the approach to the bridge over the Chehailis River is washed out.

Back down to the Morris Valley Road, a left turn and I zipped up to the second Chehailis access point off that road. It too said closed, so I contented myself with a ride up to Hemlock Valley ski resort and back home.

The road up to Hemlock is either narrow frost heaved ashphalt littered with gravel on most of the switchbacks or very wide gravel road in fairly good condition. I wouldn't put it high on your "roads to ride" list. There are some nice vistas from the top, but not worth the tedious 14k up and down.

Sorry if this ended up a little long, just wanted to give a state of the road report for Chehailis. The south approach looks like it could be a really cool ride, ....with a little bit of backup.
when heading home,after you cross the bridge at deroshe,try nicomin island road,its a nice road,and comes back on the highway at the next bridge at hatzix

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when heading home,after you cross the bridge at deroshe,try nicomin island road,its a nice road,and comes back on the highway at the next bridge at hatzix
i have taken this road lots,but years ago,at night they locked the gate at the dewdney end and you had too wake the guy in the house there to get through,it is good road as i remember as i drove it in a car,after a few k you get into a canyon with huge drop offs ,is that where the wash out was,if i remember right as it has been 20 years or so the trip is about 40 k

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when heading home,after you cross the bridge at deroshe,try nicomin island road,its a nice road,and comes back on the highway at the next bridge at hatzix
I've been on that road Chris, it is a nice ride.

Regarding the wash, it was about 2k past Norrish creek filter plant. 10k in an I figured a little under a third of the way in.

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Hnnnnggg. I want to ride that road.

V1Vr: I wouldn't mind heading up that way with you some day if numbers make you more comfortable. Late June or early July is good for me. (swamped with work right now.)
I bought the Strom with the intent to explore those roads this summer.

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Hnnnnggg. I want to ride that road.

V1Vr: I wouldn't mind heading up that way with you some day if numbers make you more comfortable. Late June or early July is good for me. (swamped with work right now.)
I bought the Strom with the intent to explore those roads this summer.
If you want a n00b along - sign me up!

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If you want a n00b along - sign me up!

(The way things are going, I might be on strike when Larolco has some time off...)

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Don't sweat the n00b stuff, more the merrier I think.

I'm still getting aquainted with the Strom, and not REAL comfortable with it on anything but blacktop, or smooth loose gravel. I found some washboards and freshly repaired washouts today that raised the pucker factor somewhat.

I just got June's schedule and I'm working the last three weekends.

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If the road gets too hairy, we turn around. No biggy. We still get to go for a ride someplace new.

I'm not interested in dropping the bike, and if it gets to that point, I call it quits.

I'll have some weekends in late June and then lots of holidays in July. I don't think it's doable in an evening, is it? Probably not wise, at any rate.

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