Don’t you just love that name. Can’t you just imagine a couple of grizzly old prospectors panning gold from the stream. Or a lone trapper snowshoeing up through a frozen forest, on a frosty winter morning. Yep, me too.
I waited as long as I could for the fog to lift this morning, but it was a slow burn. About 0900 I decided it was time to roll and headed for Granite Falls, the gateway to the Mountain Loop Hwy.
My goal for the day was to motor up across Rat Trap Pass, and then come down into the Suiattle River valley, and pop into the town of Darrington. Thus forming a loop consisting of about 150 miles overall and 50-60 miles of Forest Service roads.
So, here are some photos:
About mid afternoon I crossed the Sauk River on the metal grated bridge, and pulled off for some lunch. I was surprised by how cold it had been up in the mountains and I was glad to find a sunny spot to warm up a bit. Even though its still August and the middle of summer… I better start packing an extra layer of fleece. Well, I guess heated grips just went to the top of my WR250R wish list Kat