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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest' started by Serial Midget, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    My buddies and I are thinking of an XC epic weekend 23rd, 24th & 25th. We are hoping for warm and Eastern Washington. I have checked emptybeer but didn't come up with much. We will need a place to camp for tens and one trailer, a nice short trail for Friday & Sunday and a 25 to 30 miler for Saturday.

    Any ideas? What's happened to GearGirl now that I need her?
     

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  2. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    Also - directions to the nearest Starbucks would also be helpful. :thumb:
     
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    Borneo Turbo Monkey

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    Here you go:

    29 Pines CG on the North Fork of the Teanaway:
    Esmeralda Basin/DeRoux
    Miller Peak
    Stafford/Standup Creek
    Beverly Turnpike/Iron Mountain

    Cashmere/Levenworth:
    Devil's Gulch/Mission Ridge figure 8
    Red Hill/Red Devil
    Freund Canyon

    Taneum Creek(Icewater Creek CG):
    North Fork/Fishhook Flats
    Taneum Ridge/South Fork
    Shoestring Lake/Hereford Meadows/Keenan Meadows

    Winthrop;
    Lightning Creek/Starvation/Blue Buck
    Sun Mountain trails
    Cuttthroat pass
    Mazama River trail
    Cooney Lake to the South

    Entiat:
    Pot Peak
    Duncan Hill
    Pyramid Mountain
    Klone peak

    Fish Lake/Chiwawa:
    Mad lake trails
    Basalt Ridge
    Chikamin Tie

    410:
    Crow Creek
    Sand Creek
    Bunch of other stuff.

    Hope that helps!
    (Make my own morning coffee out camping...Sorry.)
     
  4. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    You got skills. :thumb:
     
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    Borneo Turbo Monkey

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    hehehehe. I won't tell you that it's usually on a electric Braun coffemaker and the generator is running....

    If you want details on any of those weekends. Just let me know and I can elaborate.
     
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    oly skin cooker for the hive

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    wow, thats alot of trail. More than this fat and lazy beer swilling DH'er would ever want to ride. Although, maybe i could shuttle some, and skid my rear tire all the way down.

    Camp coffee is only good if it has grounds and ashes in it.....
     
  7. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    I will eventually take you up on all of those probably. I have yet to explore Eastern Washington.
     
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    Borneo Turbo Monkey

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    You do that. We'll be here. I'll be back to Bend too and hoping that you're not a cripple then... :thumb:
    Also, looking for good 3 day trip stuff to the Blue Mountains. I hear Benders go that way in the spring?

    BTW: There's a Pyramid/Duncan weekend posted on the BBTC calendar and you can see killer pics of earlier trips on the WA passion page of MTBR.
     
  9. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    OK then - what would be the best, not the most difficult or easiest but the best all around weekend? Decent camping access too? Thanks :thumb:
     
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    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

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    um, right here boss.

    What's funny is I usually go somewhere elses for my epics ( McCall, Oregon)
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    I think Skookum's write up of the Kettle Crest trail sounded awesome.

    But if you wanted to head up to the Idaho Panhandle...

    If you want to explore the North Fork of the Couer d'Alene River area, lots of high quality singletrack up in there, plus primitive camping. Our club site has some detailed information on some of the rides there,
    http://www.fttrc.org/rides/cdariver.cfm is some pretty detailed writeups of some of the trails. I think the one that's called CDA River trail to 309 might qualify as an epic of some degree.

    The lost Creek loop is a blast, you can shuttle it ( 9 or so mile of singletrack depending on where you start to ride, we start at the saddle) or about 23 miles if you go up the logging road.

    Bernard Peak overlooking the south end of Lake Pend'Orelle is a great ride, about 6 miles of climbing up forest singletrack,come out overlooking the lake, The guys at Mtn View cyclery in Hayden Lake would be the best to consult for the trailhead, there has been logging up there so the road configuration is always changing. Farrragut State Park has lots of fun singletrack.

    And then there's Gold Hill just s of Sandpoint, something like 50 climbing grade switchbacks on the way up to the top, again, great views overlooking the lake...

    You could also hit Silver Mt for a day of lift serve if you were so inclined, or if you want EASY with scenery you can hit the Hiawatha rail trail, 13 miles of 2% grade with lots of trestles and tunnels... the Taft tunnel is 2 miles long and lights are required.

    gg
     
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    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

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    coffee, my life will never be the same since I spent a few days mountaing biking and camping in Ketchum with a coffee nerd. He roasts his own beans, has tons of specail brewing eqipment, omg, it was great.

    gg
     
  12. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    Oh... I thought you lived in Eastern WA. Idaho is too far for a weekend. I think I have decided on the Leavenworth area. Thanks for taking the time to respond. :)
     
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    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    Leavenworth isn't eastern is it?
     
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    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

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    I wouldn't say so, that's still the Cascades which we drysiders consider to be on the West side.

    A lot of folks draw the E/W line at Ellensburg or so, but everything e. of Ellensburg is a lot of territory.

    gg(spokane)
     
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    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

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    all that work for nothing.

    I do live in E WA, way east. Almost to Idaho, but not quite.
    ;-)

    geargrrl
     
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    Borneo Turbo Monkey

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    Well, as a "Coastie", I consider Leavenworth East as it's East of the crest. But, perhaps "Central" is more appropriate.
    So, Leavenworth huh? Boy, depends on whether we get rain by then..

    There's camping on Icicle Creek outside Leavenworth but they may be full. Lot's of unimproved stuff off the Devil's Gulch Climb though. Google "camping/Leavenworth" or Cashmere and see what you get.

    Easy Friday? Hmmm, Try Red Hill, Red Devil from the DG trailhead.
    Saturday: Devil's Gulch/Mission Ridge figure 8.
    Sunday: Freund Canyon (10 miles or so.)

    Check with the guys at Das Rad Haus in Leavenworth for shuttle options, etc.

    Gustav's for beer, brats, and sauerkraut.
     
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    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    I live on the coast - anything east of I-5 is Eastern Washington to me. :oink:
     
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    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    We just may do that - I noted their advertising as I was searching the Internet. Skookum may have other ideas though... :eek:
     
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    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    i still wanna check out the Moon..... :dancing:
     
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    Taneum Junction Campground is pretty cool because of all the trails that dump right into the campground. Also five of the trails can be shuttle from the Campground and three or four are rather quick shuttles. It has something for everyone. Its not as popular with mountain bikers as it is with motos. There are two xc trails that can be run Fishhook Flats-13 miles and South Fork-North Fork Taneum-18 miles.

    If you are coming with a big group and not everyone is XC some of the guys could easily run Taneum Ridge, Gooseberry Flat, and Gnat Flat while the rest of the crew did Fishook or Taneum. When everyone is finished they are at the campground. Also for shuttlling Gooseberry and Taneum are pretty direct shuttles from the campground. Gooseberry Flat is a nice little screamer dropping 700 feet in a little over a mile, nothing real technical just a nice long drop-perfect for the big bike novice.

    The downside on Taneum is that motos use the place, although there are so many trails you might not see any, also the trails can get a bit dusty and loose. None of this would be considered epic although if you did a couple of trails you could get in some decent climbing and mileage. If you are looking for fun rather than an epic you might take a look at this.