By visiting this site, you agree to our cookie policy. Continuing on we soon reach the turn off for the Skull and Crossbones road. A short paved section on Wemas Road North leads to a steep dirt road that winds up and over the rocky and treeless Umtanum Ridge. I highly recommend you consider a communication system when doing a group ride. From Lion Rock to Beehive Reservoir the route is stunning, rugged and remote. We will discuss what to do once we make it back down. St. Helens, which lost 1,300 feet of elevation in a massive eruption on May 18, 1980. Then set the alarm and made sure everyone was up and getting ready on time. WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015. I made mistakes. I also want to, Hawaiian coconut custard mochi is incredibly easy to make (one bowl) and delicious to eat! My brother takes us on a slight detour to see the local “Christmas tree” near Tiffany Springs. I, however, stopped at the edge of the mud crater– that was a mistake. He was right, as I stayed to the right, they moved to the left and allowed me to pass safely. Ranier and Mt. Then we continue our journey. It’s after ten, and we’re finally leaving camp. Oops! Review the map and route the morning of the ride. The gas station is closed, because, you know, it’s Wednesday. The path heads up past Thrapp Mountain and Woody Mountain before dropping down into the valley to Highway 20. I can move, and I can walk, so I’m thankful for that. We come to the unfortunate conclusion that we must now turn around and go back to the highway to start again. This does not feel like the right path. I was surprised to realize the route over Baldy is the same one we have used going from Mazama to Conconully on snowmobiles. Yes, that was me and my helmet immersed in muddy puddle water. Section 5 Yet another enjoyable section. We followed the detour signs, and it felt like we were backtracking in the direction we had already come. And now the irony of it all, no one thought to take any pictures of the muddy crater, the huge ruts, me dripping wet, nothing. "You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding. The route then passes Black Canyon Creek and skirts Fox Peak before descending the Gold Creek Valley to the Methow River and Highway 153. So make sure to check out all the available routes and see if there is one near you. I am a more experienced rider now and I faced my fears and pushed myself further than I thought I could. My husband said he heard “glub, glub, glub” on the communication system. In addition to Washington’s Backcountry Discovery Route, there are nine other states with completed backcountry routes and more in development. JoshBMW, Jul 24, 2012 #953. I did sections 1-5 early last week and had a blast. It is too late in the day to complete section 5, and we did not plan enough days to allow for an extra day of camping and riding. We stop again to re-sync the comms as my brother can hear me, but I can’t hear him. And I was so wrong. After a rugged section of rutted roads along the ridge, a long descent brings you to Highway 410 near the small town of Nile. I’d read about them, and they reminded, The islands are officially back open to visitors from the mainland! We rolled into our campsite at Lake Chelan State Park around 10:30 p.m. After over 10 hours of riding, we were never so happy to see pavement as we were that night. The views are amazing, and there are some great things to see along the way. […] Section NE5 Barnard to Woodsville, NH features single-lane dirt roads, gravel forest service roads, challenging class-4 off-road sections and some great pavement. Soon we reach the top of Lone Frank Pass, elevation 6,667 feet. Since we will not be camping, he doesn’t need to bring the Toyota. Gas, groceries, restaurants and hotels are available in Stevenson. We were not close enough. However, I’ve learned from them. This allows adventurers to experience a very little traveled part … Yeah, that was a big mistake! So I was riding with my visor up, all the while praying that those bats that kept flying across my path would not fly into my helmet. Created by a lava flow more than 20,000 years ago, this lava tube preserves ice formations year round. The bikes got a bit squirrely riding through this slick section of the road, and after I make it through safely, I say “wow, why does it smell like manure?”  My brother then lets us know that the “mud” isn’t just mud… We were all grateful none of us took a plunge in the “mud.”. Adams and the infamous Mt. We come up behind a herd of cows running down the road in front of us. So we turn off where the GPS instructs us, and soon we hit gravel roads. After returning to the paved roads below, we make a left and continue our ride around the beautiful Palmer Lake. We look at the “ornaments” before returning to our route. It is now almost 7:45 a.m., and the rest of the group is finally getting up. Earlier this month I attempted the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route sections 4, 5 and 6. This is the first in a series of lessons where my expectations meet reality and lack of planning. The South to North route winds through the Cascade Mountains and some arid landscapes in the foothills of Eastern Washington. So he gets in and soaks his feet and legs to help me get my bike up. The ride starts with a grated gravel road and then turns into a fun climb up dirt roads. Our spirits are high, and we’ve had a great time riding thus far. It is around 2:30 p.m., and we are still tired from the previous day’s ride. The scenic Washington Back-Country Discovery Route (WABDR) runs south-north from Oregon to Canada along the spine of the Cascade Mountains. My brother and his wife are riding his KLR today. We’ve finally returned to the highway where we missed the correct turn off for Section 5 of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route. High elevation and twisty dirt roads with views of the Central Cascade Mountains make this a very enjoyable section. Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet ... so if you have problems on section 5 or 6 send me a PM. Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, Stevenson: See 3 reviews, articles, and photos of Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, ranked No.8 on Tripadvisor among 12 attractions in Stevenson. Additionally, besides the mud puddle, we also road in heavy rain on our way back to Seattle and the comms seemed unaffected. On top of that, my husband’s rear brakes overheated and were no longer working. We followed the detour signs, and it felt like we were backtracking in the direction we had already come. Stunning mountain views including Mt. In this post, I will journal our experiences on this motorcycle adventure, my expectations before the trip and my confrontation with reality after day one of our journey. I’ve heard “whoops” and “wahoos” over the comms and enough corny jokes to last a lifetime. #952. Then it said re-routing when it connected again. While I get out the paper map (something I should have done at camp before leaving), my brother decides to walk the trail a bit further. My brother coaches me to pick one side of the road and continue at a steady pace. By the time we got into town for breakfast, it was already after 10:00 a.m. Add an extra day or two for detours, emergencies, and other setbacks. Soon daylight turned into dusk and dusk to darkness. We don’t need our GPS or maps today as my brother has covered practically every road in the mountains surrounding the Omak area. A short detour from the route to visit the Guler Ice Caves is worth the time. That was lesson two in setting expectations. Document the experience. As we are about to hit pavement for our ride into Ardenvoir, a “road closed” sign is blocking our path. This rear tire is not adequate for clawing a fully-loaded bike up a steep loose section of rocky or sandy trail. Elk can often be seen in the beautiful Haney Meadow. It is the end of one journey, but there are many more to come. Washington Backcountry Discovery Route: quality museum - See 3 traveler reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Stevenson, WA, at Tripadvisor. A sign at the site describes a bustling mining community that was the center of commerce in the Okanogan area until the market for silver collapsed in 1892. In the few days preceding our ride, the area had received heavy rain and flash flooding. The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, or WABDR for short, seemed like just the trip I was looking for. Get a helmet cam. The 575 mile route uses mostly un-paved back roads through the beautiful Cascade Mountains and some arid landscapes of Eastern Washington. We reserved a campsite and planned to get dinner with them before getting some rest for our ride on Section 4  the next day. And if it is your first time planning a similar ride, I hope you will learn from my mistakes. "― Anonymous. After the initial detour, we came to another fork in the road with another detour sign. We could see our destination, and it felt closer than it actually was. After a short section of pavement, a dirt road heads up over ClemanMountain, passing through the Oak Creek Wildlife Area and them down Evans Canyon. The route continues over Trout Lake Creek, Grand Meadows, Takh-Takh Meadows, Medway Meadows and them down to Highway 12 arriving at Packwood where gas, hotels, restaurants and groceries are available. On a clear day, riders will be treated to views of three volcanoes: Mt. After the initial detour, we came to another fork in the road with another detour sign. I mean he knows where the dips are and where the mud pits are. You can’t see from the picture, but on the left, there is a drop-off. Each puddle I’ve encountered since “the” puddle has been easily crossed or avoided, and we’ve been gaining confidence and experience. So shortly after starting the off-road portion of Section 4, we run into the mother of all mud puddles. It sounds ominous, but it’s not so bad. We plan to spend one day riding per section. Soon he comes back and says, “uh I don’t think we’re going any further.”. Take more photos. Then start fresh in the morning. He has years of off-road riding experience and is known to do some crazy stuff, so I listen when I hear any tiny whisper of doubt coming out of his mouth. I ask my brother to get my bike up quick. After a short highway section, riders are back on dirt heading north on scenic Loup Loup Canyon Road in the Loup Loup State Forest. The campsite is still quiet when I return, and no one else is up yet. We use cookies to help make Rever better. Standing up in the rough parts now took every ounce of strength I could muster. The route then winds down steep switchbacks into a spectacular valley just south ofPalmer Lake in the Sinlahekin Valley. Section 4 covers backroads from Cashmere to Chelan. When it comes to mud, the bike control quickly gets sloppy. It was invaluable to be able to communicate directions and needs while riding. Typically. So I ask you: If you ride off-road and take a plunge in a huge mud puddle, but no one captured it on camera, did it even happen? And wet.' I was completely spent. The steep Ruby Grade descends toward a site where the mining town of Ruby once existed. I was sure we could make it to Lake Chelan before dark. What’s left of the Skull and Crossbones Cabin. Re: Washington Backcountry Discovery Route Post by stevec » Sun May 22, 2011 5:22 pm I got the map and DVD yesterday - looks like a fun, scneic route - 577 miles, almost all on dirt roads. My brother fixes some pancakes and eggs on his grill, while I get the coffee going. But, I get back on my bike, and now I am staring down the deep ruts on either side, willing myself to look forward to where I want to go and not at those deep ruts where I don’t want to go! The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is a mostly off-road route from Oregon, USA to British Columbia, Canada. The Toyota has “just” enough space to get by the tree on the right, but its tires would have to ride the edge that is already sloughing off. You’ll pass the Robert Frost cabins, and ride the Middlebury, Lincoln and Roxbury gaps, and travel some remote roads. In the future, he’ll purchase panniers so he can camp off his motorcycle too. Looking over the river in the town of Nighthawk. The route passes nearby Beehive Reservoir before descending the Mission Creek Valley to the town of Cashmere which has gas, groceries, restaurants and hotels. My brother gets out of his 4Runner to give me some pointers on crossing the puddle. ‍Section 4Heading north up Nahahum (pronounces nah-hum) Canyon from Cashmere brings riders to a 360° view atop Chumstick Peak at 5,810 feet of elevation. I was feeling bad that I had pressured my hubby into continuing the ride from Ardenvoir when he had doubts about it — and desperately wanting to get off the mountain safely. Looking down the road at Lone Frank Pass. And then I let that pit get in my head and psych me out — another mistake. The original and still the best backcountry discovery route makes the WABDR an accomplishment every ADV rider needs to check off their bucket list. Due to our time limitations, current physical state, and desire to be safe; we decide to skip Section 5 and instead ride up to Omak via the highway. We ride up to Conconully to the start of Section 6. Then start the ride around 9:30. Soon we can see the town of Loomis below us as well as part of Palmer Lake. WABDR1 Carson to Packwood, WABDR2 Packwood to Ellensburg, WABDR3 Ellensburg to Cashmere, WABDR4 Cashmere to Chelan, WABDR5 Chelan to Conconully, WABDR6 Conconully to Nighthawk We don’t and are happy about that. The next 30 miles have a gain of over 4,000 feet as riders climb McKenzie Ridge and the Chelan Mountains. This 600 mile long north-south route utilizes mostly un-paved backroads through the Cascade Mountains. However, I assumed that the day’s ride would only take 4 or 5 hours, so I wasn’t panicked. Gravel and paved roads take riders to the one-store town and gas pump in Conconully. Earlier this month I attempted the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route sections 4, 5 and 6. Section 5 highlights of the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route - Gypsum to Steamboat Springs. According to the map, the detour would not take us where we wanted to go, so we continued straight to stay on NF-5801. We had a great evening hanging out in Leavenworth, and everyone’s spirits are high and our hearts full of adventure. ‍Section 1The symbolic beginning of the route involves cross the “Bridge of the Gods” from Oregon into Washington, just west of Stevenson, WA. I knew we should have just eaten at camp or stopped at a place along the route, but again, I thought today’s ride wouldn’t be that long. If you want to book a trip to Hawaii but don’t want to spend. I didn’t know if I’d be able to walk the next day. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving. Extra time to rest, recover and to enjoy the trip and the scenery. So we ride to Omak where we’ll spend the night and get our gear ready for the final section of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, Section 6. The South to North route winds through the Cascade Mountains and some arid landscapes in the foothills of Eastern Washington. For more info on the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, visit backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com. Off-road motorcycle riding at night was not part of the plan. Something tells me this is not the road we are looking for. We climb up a rocky section with ruts on either side only to reach an overgrown jungle of a road where we decide to stop and regroup. He’s a good big brother. We stop to take a few pictures on the town bridge. Not too far after the Skull and Crossbones cabin, my brother tells us that we will ride through a mud pit. I imagined we’d roll into camp late afternoon, relax,  chat about the day’s ride, eat dinner and get a good night’s rest. It’s getting cold, and we all stop to zip up the vents on our clothing and add any layers for the cooler temps. The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route videos take you through each section on the route, from start to finish, revealing the amazing beauty of the Cascade Mountains and arid landscapes of Eastern Washington. My quads are really feeling the workout from yesterday. Section 5 is Chelan to Conconully, and Section 6 is Conconully to the border crossing at Nighthawk. Most people who don’t ride won’t understand what you mean when you say a “steep rocky descent.” Or when you say “big ruts” or “a huge puddle.”. This route traverses the state of Washington from the Oregon border to the Canadian border and relies primarily on … If you are new to off-road motorcycle riding or riding an adventure motorcycle off-road, then give yourself extra time. The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is a mostly off-road route from Oregon, USA to British Columbia, Canada. Adams can be seen from a basalt ridge that drops off sharply to the Tieton River Valley below. ‍Section 3Paved roads head north from Ellensburg toward Table Mountain and Lion Rock Lookout in Wenatchee National Forest. We eat breakfast and fuel up. The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is a mostly off-road route from Oregon, USA to British Columbia, Canada. We continue down the road before making a left turn for the Canadian border crossing and also the end of Section 6 and the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route. I should have discussed with the group, the night before, what time we all thought we should leave. And I am also not happy about just starting the ride and being soaking wet! Not to mention the road doesn’t improve beyond this point. We skip the optional “jungle” on section 4 and take the easier alternate route down. Read how I planned and what I packed. The best way to turn a misadventure into an adventure is your attitude. Then look no further than Suntop Lookout. Scenic Camping and Hiking at White River Campground, Off Road Motorcycle Adventures: A Beginner’s Guide to Packing & Planning, Post-COVID Travel: My First Experience Flying in 2020, How to Skip the 14-Day Quarantine in Hawaii, Suntop Lookout: Easy Access to Incredible Views. After that, we will ride down Slide Ridge and hopefully reach Lake Chelan before dark. Route 5 of the Oregon Back Country Discovery Route is a great adventure into Oregon's incredibly diverse and beautiful less-traveled roads. The route then passes Black Canyon Creek and skirts Fox Peak before descending the Gold Creek Valley to the Methow River and Highway 153. We make it to the summit of Chumstick Mountain, elevation 5,810 feet and take a break and enjoy the views. Soon we hit a section of road that looks like no one has ridden on it for a very long time. Allow extra time for fun, relaxing, and resting. Heading north on Highway 153, riders will pass the one-store town and gas pump in Carlton before heading east on Benson Creek Road. The route heads northeast over Triangle Pass and Trail peak on gravel and dirt roads through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. I am a more experienced rider now than I was before we started riding the WABDR. AEV’s Chris Wood recently assembled a team of AEV Jeep JK owners to join him in crossing the beautiful Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR). Assuming things would take less time and assuming our skill levels were higher. The last thing I want is for it to take in water. After a short distance, the route enters Loomis State Forest and heads up the ominously named “Skull and Crossbones Road” where an old homestead cabin and corral can be seen before heading down to North Fork Toats Coulee Creek. Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. We get up around 7:00 a.m. this morning. When it stops being fun, take a break, and camp for the night if needed. A pavement road follows the Southern Lake Chelan shoreline east to the full-service town of Chelan. I, on the other hand, had not taken the time to clean my visor from my initial fall in the mud puddle. Even my brother and sister-in-law in the Toyota were feeling it. This trip has been a fun learning experience. Although I am not afraid of a cow, I do know they are still animals, and with that comes some unpredictability. You will learn more about why I say “attempted” as you read along. The GPS signal keeps dropping. Riding is about the journey, not the destination. My assumptions about the ride and us as riders were faulty. As we enjoy our break, we notice afire in the distance, and we hope that we won’t need to ride through it. I should have planned to camp on the mountain and split section 4 into two days rather than one. We had laughs, we got dirty, and we saw beautiful scenery–we had an adventure! ‍Section 2Highway 12 heading east from Packwood crosses over White Pass and skirts Rimrock Lake before turning north onto gravel roads which lead up to Bethel Ridge. Typically when we go camping, I make coffee at camp, but today’s campsite is conveniently located down the street from Starbucks. And you can also purchase the map of the WA Backcountry Discovery Route online from Touratech USA. So we decide to keep going. We stop at the Skull and Crossbones cabin, which collapsed during the previous winter, it is still a nice stop for a photo opp. Choosing your lines and hours and hours of standing and sitting (think of doing squats for an entire day) and being pounded by rough and rocky road conditions. ‍Section 6The route heads north form Conconully and pavement eventually turns to dirt again as riders reach Salmon Meadows in the Okanogan National Forest. We aren’t happy about the decision, but we know it is the right one for us at this time. The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is an overlanding route across Washington State from Oregon to British Columbia that utilizes mostly unpaved public backroads. I am riding sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route with my hubby, brother, and sister-in-law. The ice caves are west of the town of Trout Lake, near Peterson Prairie Campground. I call out to my hubby, who was in the lead, “we can camp here.” He continues riding, his reply, “I just want off this mountain.”. Something went wrong while submitting the form. And it filled us with hope. The WABDR exposes you to the some of the most amazing scenery Washington State has to offer exposing you to … Washington Backcountry Discovery Route: Loved the many waterfalls - See 3 traveler reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Stevenson, WA, at Tripadvisor. As we reached McKenzie Ridge, we saw beautiful views of Lake Chelan. I realized that day that I was not in the physical shape, I needed to be in, and I overestimated my stamina and ability. I’m unhappy at this point and frustrated with myself for letting this puddle get the best of me. It is a fun and easy ride back down to the pavement. My brother once again helps me, as I’ve slid into a rut, and after he helps me out, I make it safely across to where my hubby is waiting. Then after you cross said crater, you must traverse along a thin stretch of dirt like a tightrope walker to avoid getting stuck in the large muddy ruts on each side. This is what the journey is about. The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (, I was up around 6:30 a.m. No one else is awake, so I walk up the road to get coffee. We set up camp in the dark, my brother quickly grills up some hot dogs, and we crawl into our sleeping bags. Riders soon enjoy views as the climb up and over Lone Frank Pass (the highest point of the WABDR). The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is 575 miles of (mostly) off-road riding that goes from the Oregon/Washington border to the Washington/Canadian border. I should have assumed it would take us longer, that it would be harder and that we would be far more tired each day than I could have imagined. With the dirt and gravel behind you, pavement leads you north past Palmer Lake through the former town of Nighthawk along the Similkameen River to the Nighthawk border cross from the U.S. to Canada. Your submission has been received! The Nighthawk Washington/Canadian border and the end of the WABDR. The Washington Back-Country Discovery Route (WABDR) is a scenic route - across Washington State from Oregon to Canada - for dual-sport adventure motorcycles and 4x4 vehicles. The path at 6,000 feet along Table Mountain provides views to the west. The grooves were so deep in places that if I were to get stuck in them, my panniers would hit the sides of the rut. Little did we realize, but the puddle was just a taste of what this day would hold. We eat and then pack up camp before taking a quick stroll down to the lake. We take a snack break before driving down into the town of Oroville and ultimately making our way back to Omak for the night. We stop on Section 6 near Conconully, to fix our gear and have a little fun. I will plan better for trips like this in the future. We decided (against our better judgment) to go into town for breakfast. We fuel up and re-sync the comms again. We eat a snack and continue our ride to the next waypoint in the town of Ardenvoir. WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015. In this post, I want to update those of you who haven’t flown post-COVID on what has changed and what hasn’t. Touratech USA has YouTube videos on each section of the WABDR for free. There’s nothing quite like standing on your bike, wind in your hair, and a little dirt under your tires. ‍Section 5The route ascends north from lake Chelan past the Echo Valley Ski Area toward Cooper Mountain, a 5,867-foot summit with stunning views. The route winds up and over Roaring Ridge in the Entiat Mountains before descending steep switchbacks to the one-store town of Ardenvoir which has a small café, gas and basic rations. What I want to be and what I was at that moment were two very different things. Oh, the optimism and the naivete I held at that moment. Washington Backcountry Discovery Route - Full Route Descriptions and Travel Information. These three sections total to approximately 273 miles. I don’t regret the rough stuff, and I am proud of myself for what I accomplished and look forward to completing the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route in its entirety one day soon. He knows today’s route forward and backward. So I proceed to descend into the muddy pit only to shortly thereafter lay the bike over. Not worth the risk. I spent a few days prior to the trip researching the route on the website, cross-referencing their info with Google maps, my Benchmark Washington Map, and my Garmin Basecamp software. Think crater filled with water and mud. And I will set better expectations and better communicate to my group the miles for each day and what time I’d like to leave each morning, etc. The South to North route winds through the Cascade Mountains and some arid landscapes in the foothills of Eastern Washington. Section 5 is Chelan to Conconully, and Section 6 is Conconully to the border crossing at Nighthawk. I can't speak for other states but if you have a Washington license plate you are good to go without the ... really bad at Diamond Lake and through the pine forest in the start of section 2. If you want to buy me beer, send me a PM and call. I overestimated how simple the ride would be and underestimated the time it would take to complete each section. If you’ve never had mochi before, this recipe is a, On a recent road trip to Central Oregon, we took a small detour to see Oregon’s Painted Hills. Route 5 - California to Washington - Has 4 Sections 750 Total Miles. IN DEVELOPMENT: Wyoming BDR; California BDR North; Montana BDR; South East BDR; What About Oregon? We drove sections 3,4,5 and 6 (in reverse order) this past weekend. I thoroughly regretted my foolish assumptions at this point. I read, and I journal, I drink more coffee and finally decide to wake up my husband. It was around 1 to 1 1/2 hours later that we arrived in the town of Ardenvoir. However right after leaving, we discover the communication devices aren’t working correctly and neither is the GPS. Backcountry Discovery Routes 3250 Airport Way South Ste 733 Seattle, WA 98134, USA From there, the road traverses a ridgeline with spectacular views of Devil’s Gulch and the Columbia River to the North. It is now about 5:30 p.m. as we start our ascent of over 4,000 feet to reach McKenzie Ridge. WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015. It’s a short ride around the lake, and soon we are pulling into the old mining town of Nighthawk. The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is a off-road route running from Oregon to Canada across the state of Washington. This meant he had to use a combination of riding his clutch and applying soft front brake pressure in the steep areas. It’s a bit windy up here, but there are beautiful views of the mountains and fire-damaged forests below. ... We drove sections 3,4,5 and 6 (in reverse order) this past weekend. If you want to learn more about the WABDR, you can stream the official Washington Backcountry Discovery Route video on Amazon.com. So long story short, we don’t end up starting the ride until almost noon! There were more deep grooves and washouts, rocky ascents and descents, road closures and detours all culminating in a dark and rocky ride down to the town of Chelan. There is a geocache near the viewpointabove Cold Springs Campground up Ninemile Creek Road (see map of coordinates). Section 5 The route ascends north from lake Chelan past the Echo Valley Ski Area toward Cooper Mountain, a 5,867-foot summit with stunning views. That said, we have a great time! Then we keep going. We purchased Sena SMH10s for this ride, and we loved having comms! According to the map, the detour would not take us where we wanted to go, so we continued straight to stay on NF-5801. There are a lot of neighborhood deer in the Palmer Lake area, so watch out if you ride that section. 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