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Old 10-05-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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I was tempted to go on a group drive with the Northwest Backroad Driversthis weekend but opted to drag my friends Don and Bill with me and do our own little drive so I could catch up with them. I'd read a post on the Northwest Overland Societyweb site of a drive between Easton Washington and Hwy 410 north of Enumclaw -- the Federated Forest, Sun Top area -- and had been wanting to explore it, so off we went.

I post it for those planning on coming to Gallaher Head Lake next weekend. This would be a fun, easy drive to tie in with that one. It'd be good for those wanting to start Friday night and meet the group Saturday -- going west to east, obviously. There were plenty of good spots to camp. It took 2.5 - 3 hours from one end t the other. I didnt track the milage.

It's nothing too adventurous, just one of those classic kind of drives through the Cascades. You only get up to about 5200 feet. The roads are all pretty well maintained Forest Service gravel roads. The only rough part of the whole trip is the first -- or last -- mile. The bridge over Cabin Creek washed out some years ago and hasn't been repaired or replaced. You drive along about a quarter mile of rocky double track on either side as part of having to drive through the creek. Nothing too tough. I got a little tire slip simply because I had the front wheels in low gear and the rear in neutral.

We did see some hunters, but not once we got in a few miles.

Going west to east, starting at Hwy 410, the FS roads are 70, 7030, 7036, 52, 41/Cabin Creek Rd. We used the Greentrails Maps and multiple GPS's, which made navigation pretty easy.

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Old 10-05-2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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This sounds like a great addidtion to the trip up to Gallaher Lake.

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Old 10-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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Very pretty and sounds nice.... I am making another entry in our future places to go list.... wow... this list is getting long...
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:54 PM   #4
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Great!! I am definately adding this one to my list as well.

Thanks for posting this route and sharing your pics,


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