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post #1 of 7 Old 05-18-2014, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Duffy Lake Road Vancouver to Kamloops

Hey Vancouver BC riders, any advice for someone from Oregon riding up to take Duffy Lake Road (99) for a spin? I've heard good things about it. What's the best part, how long is the trip from Vancouver to Kamloops? Whats the best way South back to Washington/Oregon? Any suggestions for places to stay or places to camp?
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When I did Duffy Lake Road I stayed one night in Squamish (it was cheaper than staying in Whistler, but if you get a deal, the latter is very nice). Squamish also has a new gondola up the Chief which gives you a fantastic view of the countryside.

From Squamish or Whistler you are headed to Pemberton which is a nice ride with lots of twisties ... you can do an early lunch in Pemberton.

From there make sure your gear and gas is good because the next stop is Lillooet and that's the Duffy Lake road end point. You can get gas, food and lodging there ... and its going to be hot!

From Lillooet to Kamloops is a bit of a ride but doable ... if you want to cut it up a bit you can stay in either Lillooet or Cache Creek ... then head to Kamloops or ride through. From Kamloops you want to head to Merritt, then Spences Bridge (great ride along the river) and then down through the Fraser Canyon ... you might want to make time to take the gondola across the river.

From there you can either take the border crossing at Abbostford and head south from there taking the Nukuchuk (sp?) which is a nice windy road or go to the Blaine border crossing if you are in a hurry.

I don't know your fitness and riding ability so have given you choices to stay and break up the trip ... if you are more of an iron butt rider you could do a lot of this in much less time.
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Awesome, thanks for the info. I'm not an iron butt rider and plan to do this trip over 8 days. Now I have some places to research for the ride plan.
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Thumbs up Dam fine ride!

If you care to go as far east as Osoyoos BC to cross back into USA, you can ride through Omak and then take WA-155 and visit Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River. The view of the dam is from quite high up, so you can see a lot of the dam and some generating stations all at once.

I did that ride, but northward, a few years ago and I liked the scenery and the twisty road. I reckon Coulee Blvd, along the shore of Banks Lake would be a treat, but that route would have been a detour for me, and I was already going 6561 miles.

You will enjoy your ride. BC offers a lot of magic to anyone on a motorcycle!

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Duffy Lake is an outstanding ride. I haven't been on it yet this year but the road will likely be full of potholes which can make it exciting.

Also, you really have to watch for cages taking in the scenery and drifting into your lane on blind corners. Have never seen a cop up there, but lots of wildlife, particularly bears....big ones.

I would stay in Squamish, there are some reasonable deals to be had on accommodations. The Howe Sound brew pub has good local beer and a decent burger.

I would give it 2 1/2 to 3 hours from Squamish to Lillooet if you are taking your time. If you leave in the morning, you should make Kamloops same day, even with stops.

From Lillooet to Cache Creek, if you're not in a hurry, I'd be tempted to take the long way back to Lytton and through Spences Bridge. Great road along the Thompson River, lots of twisties but lots of blind corners too. It extends the day, but there's some interesting scenery. Watch out for bighorn sheep on the road around Spences Bridge.
There's a pub in Spences Bridge that prides itself on their assortment of hot sauces.

The whole area from Lillooet to Kamloops does get really hot....basically a desert.

If you find you have the time and are ahead of schedule, I'd do Vernon, Castlegar, Trail and cross the line at Osoyoos. Or even better...Vernon and route 6 all the way to Nelson, then back through Castelgar and Trail.

It's a great ride, you're going to really enjoy it.

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Thanks again for this awesome information guys. I was told about this route a few years ago and have been wanting to make the trip since. This year is going to be the year! Looking forward to all sorts of excitement. The Dam sounds great and so does everything else...
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The 99 north of Lillooet is a rough and twisty road and one of my favourites. It comes out on the 97 just north of Cache Creek, which is just north of the #1 (which will take you on a fairly straight and flat ride to Kamloops). Marble Canyon Park on the 99 is a good spot to go for a dip.

If I were you, though, once I got to the end of the 99, I'd head a little further south than Cache Creek and go into Ashcroft and follow the 97c to Logan Lake and then head north up the Tunkwa Lake road to Savona. It is a much more picturesque ride. From Savona, follow the south shore of Kamloops lake into town. Or, if you want to ride some dirt, there are good roads on the north side of Kamloops lake.

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