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post #1 of 9 Old 02-19-2016, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Easy fire roads near Seattle?

I am new to dirt road riding and want to find "easy" fire roads / dirt roads to start practice on. We went part of the way up to Spada Lake along Sultan Basin Road a couple of weeks ago but had to quit due to mud. But that road seems like a good type to practice on.

Any suggestions for other roads in the general area (King/Pierce/Sno/etc.)?

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FS70 out of Greenwater is good ,it starts out paved and turn to dirt and you can take it to other roads that lead over to Naches.The only problem is that it's covered with snow right now but come spring/summer it's my go to for a nice easy dirt ride !!.

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FS70 out of Greenwater is good ,it starts out paved and turn to dirt and you can take it to other roads that lead over to Naches.The only problem is that it's covered with snow right now but come spring/summer it's my go to for a nice easy dirt ride !!.
(Just adding to FS70 observations.)

Also out of Greenwater via FS70, you can reach I-90 via Stampede Pass. The roads vary quite a bit in roughness and debris on the side-spurs off that route. So, if you were intentionally exploring such, you could find almost any road surface you like. (I'm not claiming I intentionally learned this. The steep sides of the mini-mountains between Greenwater and Lester throw GPS readings off by enough to make recourse to a paper map a near necessity.)

It's all within the scope of a day ride, and with a morning start it can be a daylight ride.
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I agree with FS 70 out of Greenwater. The Enumclaw Dist. Ranger Station is manned 7 days per week in late Spring-Summer and several of the folks there are riders so they can help.

For "practice" there is the North Fork Snowqualmie River Road. It is a King Cty maintained road, out and back 22 miles, 44 miles total. It does not have any challenges but is still off road. I'd rate the Spade Lk Rd more challenging but balk at mud or snow.

There are bunch of other roads of note. Buy from Sound Rider the ride guidebooks by Tom Merhen Dual Sport Rides Through Western Washington. I got started that way and found Tom to be reliable although bear in mind he is an expert rider so his easiness ratings are a little suspect.
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Thanks! All good ideas. I think I'll head out to Snoqualmie soonest as I'm in that town often.

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Also think about about doing the Sasquatch Dual Sport Tour some year.It's a week long guided Dual Sport/ADV ride that sound rider puts on.It's a bit pricey $150 but includes GPS files,guide book and sweep riders.

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Also think about about doing the Sasquatch Dual Sport Tour some year.It's a week long guided Dual Sport/ADV ride that sound rider puts on.It's a bit pricey $150 but includes GPS files,guide book and sweep riders.
I looked at that but they suggest 1000 miles of off-road riding experience plus some off-road training. Hence my question about roads to start getting in my dirt miles.

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I looked at that but they suggest 1000 miles of off-road riding experience plus some off-road training. Hence my question about roads to start getting in my dirt miles.
I'd like to give Sasquatch a try but I'd need to get busy in the gym before I'd commit. Not sure that's likely to happen.

They do make the off road piece sound fairly easy - no single track etc.

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Don't let them fool ya,that's all legal crap.I'm old,bald and out of shape and I did it on a 1000 !!.
It's about 70% dirt roads and 30% pavement.Its much easier than the WABDR I think .

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