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post #1 of 3 Old 02-16-2009, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering where i could find any good forest service road maps/ websites with maps, or if it is leagal to drive on them. If you have any info let me know. If anyone near northbend/snoqualmie area has any good spots to off road list them please. the snow is about to melt soon so was trying to plan some nice camping/wheeling weekends for this spring and summer.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-16-2009, 08:17 PM
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Tinkham road (exits 42 and 47 off I-90)has some fun scenic stuff up near the top, but they aren't too tough, and right now it's most likely still covered with snow. But during the summer and maybe late spring it can make for a fun half day trip.

And lupinsea on here has this in his sig:

A good show of trips around WA.

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x2 on the site above. Only link you'll ever need.

Yes, the forest service roads are legal to drive on, unless posted otherwise. But if it's an active logging route, tune the CB channel and listen up - you do NOT want to be on the trail when those logging trucks come rolling down...you will lose.

And it will be awhile before the snow melts, but there are enough roads under the snow line that you should be good if you head out. If I can't make a trip far enough north or south to get on a real trail, I'll hit I-90 and look for an open fire road to explore with a few friends on occasion. Sometimes you find a great trail, and sometimes it's a bust. But even when it sucks, it's still exploring in the Jeep, so worth the trip.

In fact, if you are in North Bend, head out towards Garcia and McClellan Butte. NF-9020 and NF-9021 don't have the full loop open right now, but plenty of places to hill climb. Be careful though if you get around to the south side - LOTS of loose flat rock, and it gets slick. Stay in the mud this time of year.

And in a shameless plug - drill down close enough at maps.live.com (2 miles or less) and you'll see most of the forest service roads.

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