Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Western Washington
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I've ridden Ben Howard Road a couple of times, with no problems. There is a stretch between Cedar Ponds and the Thunderbird RV park with blind corner S curves and no shoulders, where you'll want to ride the fogline for a bit, unless you want to start another BF "redneck pickup truck" thread.
The hill that was mentioned is a nice little climb but the descents are unfortunately tempered by 1) a 90 degree corner after the base of the east side (where drunk drivers seem to end up in the ditch once a weekend) and 2) an access driveway to the WDFW boat launch at the base of the west side ( need to watch for fishermen's trucks/trailers pulling out.)
I think the early morning would be a nice time to head to Sultan, while it is still somewhat peaceful. Ben Howard seems to be well-known to the sport bike community and the 12,000 rpm rice rockets rapping out can detract from the experience (although I occasionally get waves from these "fellow" two-wheelers.)