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post #1 of 4 Old 09-14-2016, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Current road report for Mowich Lake???

I have a daughter who is hiking a portion of the Mt. Rainer Wonderland Trail and would like to shuttle their car from Mowich Lake for them. I'm considering taking my younger daughter on my Glee and have her shuttle the car.
Is this advised considering the following?

Date: Oct/8th

My bike:
2012 DL650 adventure, original tires with 10K miles (I put 8k of those on this last year), ~20% left on the rear, no skid plate.

About me and passenger:
This will be 2 up. I weight 165 lbs, my daughter weighs 105 lbs. This would be our first 2 up on gravel. She's a great rider and passenger.

I have little gravel road riding experience. I did the Zigzag to Lost Lake via Lolo pass a few weekends ago, which had maybe 10 miles of gravel, most were hard packed and was a pleasure to ride on.

How much loose gravel does it have?

So should I go for it or make other plans?
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PS I'll be posting this at advrider as well.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-21-2016, 07:56 PM
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It's been a couple years since we did this out to the Lake. It was a warm, summer day, a Sunday, and little wind. There were many trucks and cars so we rode in fairly heavy dust that obscured the road. It is all gravel from the turnoff, maybe 22 miles on way. There were many potholes and I rode through many because I could not see them due to heavy dust and some were 3-4 inches deep. We had Anakee II tires, which are a lot better on gravel than OEM (a DL650K7 and a DL1000 2012). I "bottomed out" the fork many times as we were trying to maintain about 25 MPH although I never passed anyone and numerous trucks passed me. The front mounting bolts on my SW Motech skid plate gouged holes up to 2 inches high in the front fender trailing edge and would lock up the fork momentarily until the next bump. We breathed a lot of dust. This was the last straw for me and I got a $500 front fork suspension upgrade right after that ride. I had done this road in a car in the 80's and then I could drive up to the Lake but now the "parking" area is a good walk from the Lake. However, to help out folks on the Wonderland Trail I might go there again. I don't have pax on the bike so I don't know what to think about heavy pot holes and full fork/shock extensions with a pax who will certainly get slapped hard on the butt and might become airborne briefly before slamming into the seat. Not sure what I would do.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-22-2016, 05:50 PM
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I haven't been up there this year, but I'd have to believe that by now there's not much overly loose gravel to deal with. Washboards most likely, and less traffic by this time of year for sure. If you're not in a hurry you'd be fine. Better chances of not kicking up rocks that way too.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-26-2016, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Wildbill1945 and enumclaw,
Thanks for the informative and helpful responses.
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