Another beautiful day spent exploring the forest service roads in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. After my last trip report one of my moto pals, Tim Bowman, suggested NF 17 – the Finney Creek Road as one of his favorites. That kicked off a serious map recon session to see if I could link up NF 18, the Swede Haven Road, and ride up and over Segelsen Pass, to connect with NF 17. It looked like it would work.
It was about 40 miles of one lane mountain roads from Hwy 530 near the base of Whitehorse Mountain, over the top, and down into the Skagit River Valley. Have a look a some photos:
NF18 started down in that valley and quickly climbed up into the mountains.
I knew before I left that one of the keys to my success was being able to identify which of the several dozen intersecting roads was going to be the “right” road.
A couple of times I had to fold out my giant forest service map and do some reccy. Partly due to good map work, a sense of direction developed by decades of backcountry travel and a little splash of good fortune, I made all the right turns and linked up with NF17 right where it was supposed to be.
As I descended down into the Skagit River valley I started to see some beautiful views. Mt. Baker was calling to me, “Come on, Dude. You gotta bring that new moto up here”.
Finally I dropped down on the South Skagit Hwy. For anyone reading this from outside the local area, the “highway” in this case is nothing more than a rural two-lane back road. Perfect for my little motorbike.
As I buzzed along the banks of the Skagit River I was reminded of the many winter kayak/eagle watching trips we’d taken over the years. I’ll meet you all back here next December with our boats and wetsuits, Ok?
Well, that’s it for now. Until next time, thanks for following along. Kat