For our autumn quarterly we’re pushing deeper into the Gifford Pinchot for something a bit more wild and remote. The Lone Butte will explore the pristine wilds of the Lewis River valley between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. There are three route options to choose from, Allroad, Trail and Mini. To get out ahead of questions: the Allroad is truly all roads. No singletrack. This consists of smooth, maintained gravel and pavement. The Trail routing will be 60% smooth gravel + tarmac + 40% singletrack. The Mini loop will be predominantly smooth gravel + pavement w/ around 5% singletrack. Just about everything up here is fairly smooth and easygoing, including the trail sections.
One important note, if you didn’t get us a waiver on the Falls Creek Hinterland, you will need to do so prior to riding on Saturday. If you’re on the OMTM email list, the easiest way is to sign digitally and return via email. Printing out and handing in prior to starting on Saturday also works. If for some reason neither of these methods are possible, we will have clipboards + pens prior to the start on Saturday, so factor in a bit of extra time prior to starting on Saturday if this is the case.
We're collaborating with NWTA for a fun Southern Gifford takeover on October 13th. We will offer 3 routes that traverse the Lewis River valley. All routes start the same and journey through the luxury gravel Lone Butte Wildlife Emphasis Area on the way to Lewis River. At the river, Trail and Mini routes visit Upper Falls, Middle Falls and Lower Falls. When crossing NF 90 again, the Mini route stays on the road and the Trail route punches up into the rest of the trail.
The Allroad route skips all trail (and waterfalls) but climbs up NF 93 to roll along the ridge on the north side of the valley. Expect big views, smooth pavement, smooth gravel and smooth moves up there.
All routes reconvene again on NF 90 to climb gravel NF 3211 back up to Lone Butte.
You could also do the NWTA MTB rides as described here: http://nw-trail.org/events/falls-creek-campout/
4PM NWTA Happy Hour at Koshko Sno Park (https://goo.gl/maps/cun1JJ5nLzk)
5PM NWTA Dinner at Koshko
They probably don’t have enough food and drinks for all of us, so bring stuff to share!
NWTA folks are going to be camping at Koshko, and riding Falls Creek on Sunday. Definitely join them if you can and enjoy some of the last trail rides before the onset of rain.
RSVP, details & routes: https://ridewithgps.com/events/66646-the-lone-butte
To Join the RWGPS Club you can just click this link, this will give you free navigation via their app:
Please RSVP so we have a sense of how many people are coming.
Caveats, Disclaimers, Advices, Wisdoms:
- Minimum tire size is 35c. Trust us. We know the terrain!
- Don't show up on 28's
- Don't show up on road cleats
- Don't show up without the route on your GPS
- Bring extra tubes
- Bring a water filter
- This is a self-supported, unsanctioned ride w/ NO services along the route. Wayfinding, food and hydration are solely the responsibility of those who wish to participate
- This is a difficult adventure ride in remote areas. BE PREPARED to deal with everything that entails and finish what you start
- This is a 100% open course on public roads, open to cars and automobile traffic. Riders agree to RIDE AT THEIR OWN RISK. You and ONLY you will be responsible for navigating hazards as they relate to traffic, roads, general safety and weather conditions. Riders are absolutely under their own responsibility to ride, navigate and conduct themselves safely and appropriate to conditions as they exist in the field. We are and have always been just a nice group of friends out for a bike ride.
- Riders understand that as a condition of participation..ie..'showing up' (which includes use of any provided GPS data), riders agree to assume all risks and agree to release and hold harmless everyone associated with this ride, including any organizers, volunteers or sponsors.