A nice loop around the rural backroads of Thurston county and a part of Lewis county. Ride through woods, farms, by and creeks. Not too much traffic. Some nice corners in places. Be careful of farm machinery in places. Plenty of places to stop and take breaks. Great ride on a sunny afternoon.
Ride starts and ends at Farm Boy Restaurant which has good food and an easy meet up access place.
A nice alternative to the busy stop-n-go state highways 161 and 162 that are just west. This road winds along through the woods, rivers, and lakes. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery or take a break. I really enjoy this road because there's hardly any traffic and it is so rural and beautiful as compared to the boring straight highways nearby. Use caution in some of the corners because there might be some gravel. The speed limit is posted 35 mph which is kind of a bummer. It's a great way to get to the Mountain Highway (SR 7) via Eatonville.
A nice way to get from US 12, Backwood over to near Mt Rainier National Park. Can be part of a nice loop which includes the Paradise Road.
Road is quite bumpy with frost heaves and pot holes so take it easy. Might be some gravel on corners too. Lots of places to stop and camp if interested. Can be crowded on weekends. Nice ride along a creek and through deep woods. The road is all paved from Packwood to Ashford. If you have a GS bike there are lots of gravel side roads for exploring.
A nice alternative to driving US 12 between Chehalis and Morton. There's not a lot of traffic and some good scenery of woods and farms. As you near the town of Morton the road narrows a bit and goes through some deep woods and along the Tieton River. There are a few nice corners. If you got a GS bike there are lots of opportunities to explore gravel roads into the National Forest. But beware many of these NF roads are not maintained and can be quite rough.
Scenic forest ride through Capitol Forest that's all paved and good for a street bike. Parts of the road are single lane with pull outs. The road through Capitol Forest travels along Cedar Creek. Temperatures will drop between 5-7F because of the creek and deep woods. At times it's like riding in a cave with all the trees over the roadway. Lots of places to stop. Be careful of some gravel in corners and in intersections. If you got a GS bike there's lots of gravel side roads to explore.
A nice alternative route that's all paved instead of taking major highways. You'll go through some open country to start, then transition to an oak-scrub forest, then to deep woods. Hardly any traffic and some great views of Mt Hood. If you're on a GS bike there are lots of side road exploration opportunities. There's also some nice camping spots.
What a fantastic road for blasting along, follow the McKenzie river South from the McKenzie Hwy and enjoy this excellent stretch.
Very remote in places with interesting geological features to see.Summer lake and Fort Rock (a short diversion), two of the highlights.
Interesting in that it is almost always completely deserted, a few interesting corners and straights too.
Good alternative route between Shaniko Junction and Maupin. Beats going on the highway with all the other traffic. When you start to drop down into Maupin there's some great corners. But be careful on some corners there can be gravel from the shoulder. The city park is a nice campsite too.
Hells Canyon route! Great ride if you want endless twisties! You are in the bush,so not a lot to look at until you get to the overlook, but you best be watching the road anyway! Some very long stretches of very sharp stuff! Ton's of fun! Stop at the overlook for sure! I find the locals are good at waving you around as there are not many places to pass. Makes a great route from S Idaho up to Lewiston!
Very remote ride through high desert country of SE Oregon. Be sure to fill up in Burns because fuel availability is spotty. There's fuel in Frenchglen but don't take credit cards only cash. Access from Frenchglen to Steens Mt. Best in spring or fall, too hot in summer. Carry plenty of water.
Nice route through woods with some good scenery. Road is all paved with a few potholes. Very little traffic. Offers a lot of off-road exploration if interested. Can see lots of wildlife. Be careful of deer and livestock on road.
Once you leave Seneca and get on NF 16 until John Day Hwy it is very remote. We traveled it all day and never saw another vehicle. You can see lots of wildlife. Last 7 miles on NF 16 (E. Camp Creek Rd, near Unity) is good graded gravel, rest of route is all paved. Watch out for livestock and deer on roads. On US 26 you will experience more traffic. Lots of camping opportunities.
Love to do this one when I'm getting squirrelly. Used to do it on the Street Glide I had with friends on sport bikes. But the bike is gone now and will be doing it as soon as my new Multistrada 1200 gets here! Very few cops(occasional presence), challenging twisties and scenery makes this one a must do. Especially in summer months
Quite narrow and hectic in places, advise not to try and race the locals or you might end up going over the edge. A great ride, but not for the faint hearted.
Great way to see the headwaters of some large S end rivers. You go up the Skokomish river, cross the Satsop headwaters, then into the Wynoochee. Coho Park on Lake Wynoochee is a great stop as is Spider Lake. Spoon Creek Falls is beautiful. Wynoochee River Road is good pavement. Stop at the Bee Hive Cafe in Montesano - great food.
Simple loop through Capitol Forest. Some great views. Have a map it\\\'s easy to get lost in Capitol Forest. Take your time and enjoy. At the end of the loop, stop in a Buzz\\\'s Tavern. Great food.
Nice rural roads, some good twisties in places, thick woods in places makes you think you're in a tunnel.
There's an 8 mi. section of good gravel roads to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Tavern is a great stop. Has a creek running through it.