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Old 06-03-18, 01:50 PM
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Road 9712 (Blewett Pass area)

I had plans to ride to Mission Peak, but between being a little under-biked, and having a little bit of routefinding confusion, I didn't have enough time to get to the pack and back. Still, it was a beautiful ride.

If anyone has thoughts about doing this one, it's best in late October when the larches turn gold.

















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Old 08-27-18, 09:51 PM
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Wear orange, September into November is hunting season.
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Old 10-08-18, 01:43 PM
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Forrest,
Can you share a route map that you used for this ride? Thanks for the tip.
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Old 10-10-18, 11:00 AM
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@manuelw

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1416278990
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2203292558

These are dirt roads.

Don't take the southernmost turn in the first file if you're there to see larches.

People on nwh say these larches have started turning. Forecast is for beautiful weather this weekend.

There's construction on I-90 (?) and a lot of people are taking Highway 97 to avoid it. The dirt roads will be almost empty.
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Old 10-10-18, 08:31 PM
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Elk season starts this Saturday.
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The I-90 construction is no problem, especially now that high summer traffic has died off.

Modern firearm hunting opens saturday. If you are going into the woods, try to wear orange.

I have a house very near here and ride these roads on a regular basis. They are rugged, but beautiful. Not super crowded, but expect to meet moto traffic.
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Old 10-11-18, 10:02 AM
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I'm heading out to Blewett shortly and will report what I find in terms of larch color.

EDIT: Most larches above the highway are peaking now.

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Old 10-12-18, 10:17 AM
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I took the first right after Blewett Pass (heading north) which is gated shut immediately at the highway. This is the "Tronsen Loop" ski trail, although the route I followed just simply dead ends. There was a turn that I couldn't make on the bike before the dead end. I need to come back in the winter.











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Old 10-13-18, 09:47 AM
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Wow, what colors! Thank you for the routes and notes Forrest -- I will add them to my library. I decided to stay on the west side this weekend and join a group ride in Capitol Forest.
Slightly scared of the hunting...
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Nice pics SF.
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The larches and the weather should be pretty nice up there (and a lot of other places) this weekend, but that's it. Foul weather coming in next week, and the first big storm will blow the needles off. There's an inversion and stagnant air advisory on the east side, but above 4 or 5 thousand feet should be clear.
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Attempting this tomorrow:

ridewithgps.com/routes/28813970
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Originally Posted by manuelw View Post
Attempting this tomorrow: ridewithgps.com/routes/28813970
How did it go for you manuelw?

I rode part of this route yesterday. Where your route went straight on NF-9712, I turned right onto NF-35 and climbed out to Lion Rock. I opted for my Mountain Bike for this ride and am very happy I did. While NF-9716/NF-9712 is a decent road, NF-35 is so chewed, chundered and rocky that there is no way I could have ridden up it on my cross bike. From the top of the Blewett Pass to Lion Rock is 10 miles and ~2800 feet of climbing. The climbing felt like more due to road conditions. Overall a great ride on a beautiful day.






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Thanks for the pictures, @woodway! I think I recognize where a couple of them were from.

I think you made the right choice taking an MTB if road 35 is worse.

Those burn zones are incredible places. Somber beauty.
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Finally wrote up a ride report with photos.
This forum won't let me post hyperlinks yet, sorry
ridewithgps.com/ride_reports/3856-larch-madness-blewett-pass-to-mission-pe
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Nice report and nice photos! Agree with you on the 40C tires. I generally take my mountain bike when I ride the roads in that area as conditions are so variable.

Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by manuelw View Post
Finally wrote up a ride report with photos.
This forum won't let me post hyperlinks yet, sorry
ridewithgps.com/ride_reports/3856-larch-madness-blewett-pass-to-mission-pe
I really enjoyed that. Thanks for posting!

I've lived here for a long time now, and somehow I've never spent enough time up by Blewett. Every time I go exploring up there I'm amazed and wonder why I don't do it more often. I got that same feeling looking at your pictures. Really glad I got to see them.

PS - Anyone else reading this thread, go have a look. https://ridewithgps.com/ride_reports...-to-mission-pe
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