WABDR: prologue

WABDR is short for the “Washington Backcountry Discovery Route”, which is a series of forest roads that run along the eastern side of the Cascades between the Columbia River and the border with Canada. The plan was to start from the south and get as far as we could across a long Labor Day weekend. In order to start at the beginning, we first have to get there.

1200GS moto dashboard

Entering Mt. Rainier National Park


 

Climbing to Chinook Pass

Climbing to Chinook Pass as Mt. Rainier rises on the left


 

Mt. St. Helens from Windy Ridge

Mt. St. Helens from Windy Ridge - use the parking lot on the lower left to get a sense of scale.


 

Windy Ridge

Windy Ridge: one of my favorite rides in Washington

Let’s get rolling

Here’s our total route for the southern half of the trip…


 

Start of the trip

Southern start of the WABDR: WA side of "The Bridge of the Gods"


 

Pavement ends

Pavement ends. And say hi to Mike as you go past.


 

Forest road

Typical forest road on the southern section


 

Mike in motion

Mike in motion


 

Dust nap

Time for a nap. I have, ah, 5 of these across the trip.

Timberwolf Mountain

Based on a tip from southbound WABDR riders, we followed the “easy” path around Bethel Ridge and took the side trip up to Timberwolf Mountain. It was spectacular.

Timberwolf Mountain

We went to the mountain top.


 

Timberwolf Summit view

360 view of this.


 

Glider flying

A father and his son were flying radio controlled gliders in the thermals...check out the glider on the left.


 

Glider transport

Glider transport


 

Timberwolf summitt

Timberwolf summitt


 

Morning view from Timberwolf

Morning view from Timberwolf


 

Craig on Timberwolf

Craig on Timberwolf


 

Mike on Timberwolf

Mike on Timberwolf


 

Outhouse on Timberwolf

Outhouse on Timberwolf


 

Sunrise on Timberwolf

Sunrise on Timberwolf

Timberwolf Meadow

We camped in a meadow just below the summit at 6000 feet.

Meadow through the trees

Meadow through the trees


 

Parked on the edge of the meadow

Parked on the edge of the meadow


 

Upper meadow at Timberwolf

Upper meadow at Timberwolf


 

Meadow road

Meadow road


 

Biolite charging a GoPro

The Biolite stove is slick - great for warmth, and it will charge a GoPro.


 

Upper meadow on Timberwolf

One more meadow picture


 

Dust nap

We were climbing a rocky section just north of 410 when my front wheel slide to the right and the bike decided to take a short cut up the cliff.

dust nap

I have 5 dust naps across the trip, accumulating minor scratches to the bike, nothing serious.


 

Let's get this bike up the hill

Let's get this bike up the hill


 

Mike captured this recovery on video, which I’ll share at the end of the trip report. The first photo above doesn’t quite share the exposure of the hill to the left of the trail, it’s a significant drop.

Table Mountain

Mike scored an epic campsite on Table Mountain, a couple of hours north of Ellensburg.

Glamour shot on Table Mountain

Glamour shot on Table Mountain


 

View from Table Mountain

View from Table Mountain...best shot of the trip thanks to the fading sun.


 

Hammock site

The hammock pitch


 

Pull up a chair and enjoy the sunset

Pull up a chair and enjoy the sunset


 

long shadows

Long shadows


 

Going, going, ...

Going, going, ...


 

Sunrise shadows

Sunrise shadows