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Old 01-25-16, 09:48 PM
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Out of towner looking to do a gravel STP

So I'm gonna be in the PNW pretty much exclusively for the desire to ride from S2P. I'm hoping I can find a good route between the two that would have a good chunk of gravel roads and preferably something in the mountains.

The only problem is that I'm gonna be coming out in the first week of March and I know there's gonna be some seasonal road closures. I've seen the route for the STP- backdoor route and that would be ideal. But upon doing some research, FR-23 is closed. So I guess I would like to stick as close to Mt. St Helen as I can but I know only so much can be done.

Does anybody have any secret roads they can share?

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Old 01-26-16, 09:48 AM
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I don't have any secret roads to share, but in March your likely going to hit snow at around 2000 feet (or lower) which is going to severely limit your options. Your not going to get anywhere close to St. Helens.
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In March you're not going to have much fun in the foothills but you might want to think about taking SR97 over Satus Pass to Goldendale and then SR14 up the gorge to Camas...
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FR25 (next to FR23), the main road over St. Helens on the back side, typically opens in late June or early July. Figure FR23 would be similar.

You might be able to head towards the coast. But .. WTF, March, I don't think you know what you're in for.
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Have you considered other directions? Seattle to Spokane?

https://www.traillink.com/trail/john...eer-trail.aspx
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
Have you considered other directions? Seattle to Spokane?

https://www.traillink.com/trail/john...eer-trail.aspx
In March the Snoqualmie Tunnel at the top of the pass will still be closed (closed Nov-May) and most of the trail will likely still be under snow. It's not legal to ride on I-90 at the pass due to the construction, so no way over the pass until the tunnel opens.
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not secret , but a lot of unpaved roads were cut to haul out Timber , not Farm roads.

so at end is the area to load the log trucks and not connecting to other roads..

enough forest lands to Hide DB Cooper

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Thanks for your input everyone. I guess I'll be waiting until warmer months to do a gravel stp. My riding partner and I have ended up on a route Elma-PDX - Elma, WA that will get us where we want to go. (Yes I know that link doesn't actually make the whole trip but we've got it covered.
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