Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada
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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