A big thank you to Jane and Christopher, who are members of the Kamloops ATV Association from Kamloops BC, for their communication and trail reports from a recent trip to Washington State. We look forward to visiting BC soon and riding with the Kamloops ATV group.
While checking our camp ground list we discovered that we had a campground at Diamond Point just east of Sequim, so we made a reservation.
We realized it was over an hour drive to the Sadie Creek trails, however with the weather situation we opted to go for full hook up rather than the Lyre Creek campsite with no services. We did stop at the Tourist Information where some old dear informed us, in no uncertain terms, that our kind of machines were prohibited on ALL of the trails around there. :0) another. younger lady assured us we would be OK and gave us a map.
First review: Lyre Creek campsite.
It was a good thing we had not hauled our RV over there with the plan to camp as they have a maximum 20 foot RV length and I can tell you – you’d be hard pressed to get a 20 foot RV in and out of that camp site. So, I would not recommend it for RVs. Tenting would be OK and it really is a lovely spot.
Second Review: Sadie Creek Trails
There are two trails to choose from here, the ridge and the river. We took the Ridge.
The staging area is very spacious, lots of room for any size rig including toy haulers, to unload.
VERY important to note though, that there is a maximum width allowance on the trail of 50 inches !!!! They mean it !!!!
Very good idea to carry a GPS, as once you get up over the ridge and are coming down, there are more than one option at several points.
When we left the staging area, the trail passes through some very pretty scenery – lush growth, but narrow. The trail looked like it had been cut out with a machine.
As we left the lower forest, the trail went on to a road where we encountered a couple of fellows who were working on the trail. Turns out the older fellow had been on the original trail building crew back in 1986 and continues to maintain it. The younger fellow grew up riding dirt bike on the trail.
They ask how good of riders we were, adding that there were some serious / difficult switch backs and also that the Ridge trail was NOT for the “faint of heart” but that it looked like we had the machines to do it.
So not having any idea what that might mean, and the fact that we are both confident riders – we decided to go on.
At an intersection, the trail heading up the mountain was posted as “Most Difficult” , but was still looking OK.
From there it began to climb rapidly and had obviously NOT been ridden by an ATV in a very long time. Clearly a popular dirt bike trail though, with a deep rut in the middle.
The first switch back was worse than it looked and because of the rut left from bikes, caused Chris and his machine to lose balance and nearly fall over. He was able to right it and after doing some – we say Mr Bean manoeuvring but you may be more familiar with Austin Powers – he made it around and on up the incline to wait for me.
Knowing what to expect, I went right in to the forward and back and forward till I was positioned to climb the hill…. BTW there was no room for error, as the corner had a serious drop off – it was very tight for a quad.
I forget now, how many of those switch backs there were, but considering we climbed from 600 feet to 2600 feet – you might imagine.
Here and there the view was spectacular.. could see Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Finally we reached, what we thought must be the top !!!
And then – OMG. We were on the Ridge of the mountain !!!! The actually RIDGE!!!!!
There was no chance to turn around, no going back…… and they meant it – “not for the faint of heart – OR SOMEONE WHO IS TERRIFIED OF HEIGHTS, yes that would be ME !!!! Had they told us that about the trail, we would never have gone.
Remember I said there was a wheel base limit? Uhuh, there is a reason….. the ridge trail is 50 inches wide – except, from the wearing down from bikes, a big rock or root protrudes from the side and causes you to feel like you are going to tip over and DOWN the sheer embankment !!!! Our quads have a 48 inch base. We had 1 inch on either side to “play” with.
Now the view from this part of the trail was more than breath taking – no kidding aside !!! I am pretty sure our hearts are in great condition – else we would have had heart attacks and fallen over the edge!!!
At some points on the ridge there was an extreme drop off on BOTH sides.
No chance for pictures as both of us had our hands and legs!! gripping our machines.
The ride was taking far longer than expected, the guys at the bottom said a couple of hours – but I think they meant IF you were riding a bike… it took us the better part of 4 hours PLUS, there was a tree down on the way back and we had to cut it which took another 45 minutes. It was green Hemlock – very heavy, and we never did get it off the trail, but managed to get our machines under one side of it.
By the it was getting dark… we had no cell coverage and we had told the campground manager we would be back by 5:00. We were not going to make it.
Thank goodness for the GPS…. the trails at the bottom of the mountain are numerous and the only way we could have gotten back was with the GPS.
Just as we reached the staging area, we ran in to the 2 fellows who had been doing trail maintenance earlier that day – they had come to the staging area to see how we were hauling our quads. We have a Diamond Back on the back of our long box pick truck.
They asked how the trail was and I strongly suggested they do some work up on the ridge… they said it was in the plan and that also :
– next year the State plans to put in a camping area to accommodate riders of all ORVs.
– that they would be taking drills and hammers up to make the trail quad friendly
They were very friendly and I think impressed that we actually rode the ridge. They said next time I should take the river trail as it follows the river and passes through some old growth forests – I said for sure I would – no more ridges for me!