Memorial Day weekend holiday
May 23-26, 2003
Area: Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee, WA
Miles ridden: 570.1
Type of riding:  Forest Service roads and some paved country roads


 

Near the top of Maverick Saddle, above Fish Lake.
This is a scene that was repeated many times throughout the weekend.
Fish Lake in the foreground, Lake Wenatchee in the back ground.
Maverick Saddle Road.  Rob and I stop for a break and shed a layer of outer clothing.  We had to fight our way through several snow banks and under a tree so we were starting to get too warm.
This is the view just to the right of where Rob is standing in the previous photo
Looking back at what we just came through.
More snow....Rob can be seen part way up the hill on the left side of road
We decide we can go no further and turn around.
Looking back from the direction we just came from.
We found a lower route that took us around the snow.  This is on top of the same ridge from the east side, Sugar Loaf Fire Lookout is on the pointed rock in the center of photo.
Lake Wenatchee in the distance
This is at the turn off to go up to the lookout, which was still covered in snow.  The turnoff is behind the orange post and sign to the left.  This area is popular with snowmobiles in the winter and has many groomed trails.  Signs are marked with orange poles so the grooming snow cats don't run over and trash the signs that are buried under the snow.
We didn't make it much further than the lookout and were again stopped by snow so we turned around and headed back. Going back through the snow was easier since we were descending the mountain.
I have a rain cover for my Dual Star Navigator map pack, it doubles as a shower/rain cap.  I am modeling it here.
This photo was taken on my ride to Chelan on Saturday.  This is Stormy Mountain which is only accessible by single track trail.  Elevation is just over 7400 feet, and as you can see, won't be rideable for quite some time do to the amount of snow still present.
Further up the Shady Pass road I ran into more snow.  The depth of the snow bank (present only on the road) is a result of the snow being hard packed by snowmobile traffic during the winter, so the roads are the last thing to melt off.  The snow is about 4 feet deep here.
Lake Chelan, Heli-pad at the 25 Mile Creek Fire Camp in the foreground.
This was the only time all day that I stopped and got off the bike - after I had already been riding most of the day and had covered about 160 miles.  This is at an intersection on Johnson Creek road in the hills above Lake Chelan, between the lake and the community of Ardenvoir.
Sunday I went out riding with Don, who rides a mid 80's XL 600 that has over 60,000 miles on it.
This is on the road leading to Chumstick Mountain.
Once again we found a huge snow bank blocking our path, but we were still able to make it up to the top of the summit.
Looking out towards Tyee Ridge
Stormy Mountain in the center of photo, Lake Chelan is on the other side of Stormy, which is where I was the day before.
Getting down the other side Chumstick proved to be more challenging, though this photo does not do the ride justice.

More snow proved to be a challenge for my nearly bald MT-21 rear tire, and after 570 miles, it's ready for the scrap pile.

Monday I went exploring on the back side of Entiat Ridge (Maverick Saddle).  This is a photo of Sugarloaf lookout from the opposite side of the hill.
Tyee Ridge (site of another fire lookout) just to right of center in this photo.
After exploring the other side of the ridge, I came back and retraced the route on top, near Sugarloaf lookout.  This photo was taken from the same location as the photo below, with the view to the left of the stack of logs on the left side of the road.  Much less snow there in the distance than on Friday.
This is as far as Rob and I made it on Friday, but there is much less snow now.  I turned around here, went back to camp and had lunch.
After lunch I ventured out again and came in from the other side, like Rob and I had done initially on our Friday ride.  I was able to make it almost two miles further up the road because so much snow had melted off, though it was a lot of work to get to where I did.  I had to push the bike through a lot of snow.
I gave up here and decided to turn around and head back to camp.
This photo shows the point on the other side where I had to run around at the big stack of logs, a zoomed in view of the previous photo.

 

View looking back from the direction I came.  When this road is dry, it is a very fun and fast road to ride.  Last year a group of us were up here in June and one of the riders nearly bottomed out the front suspension on his ATK 605 as he was doing 90 + mph.

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