Scouted Williams Creek – 2016/10/30

“Quick” ride out to Williams Creek, as the OSM maps seemed incomplete.

(In hindsight, this was my LAST RIDE on the KLR :( )

Well, the road is accurately mapped as far as you can ride it… And both bridges over the creek are out. There IS a “cool” landslide just up from where the South-most road ends.

Landslide
Landslide

I didn’t take a good shot of the end of the road, here’s the panorama (will look lousy here, click for big).

pano from end of drivable road. Bridge used to lead to road on far side in center of shot.
pano from end of drive-able road. Bridge used to lead to road on far side in center of shot.

The other fork (farther N, lower down the creek) ended with this decommissioned bridge

Other bridge out
Other bridge out

And I believe this is the one that we’d have to pass to make the trail/connection that was being talked about (a substitute for the old bedsprings bridge). Fortunately, the valley floor here is fairly flat, so fording and getting up the other side would not be totally out of the question.

I did some other scouting… I wanted to see if the railway track from my fleet 600 ride continued to the rock-pit near the end of renfrew mainline. It does and and it does not. The logging co blocked it off, but it seems pretty damn clear that the hypothesis was correct. They’ve also put a gate on the fork off of Renfrew(/Kapoor) that I used on that ride, it was closed and locked :(

That little diversion to the W off of West Jordan lead to:

another caved in bridge.
another caved in bridge.

I went back up the clear-cut near the end of W jordan to get the full track… last time there was a big piece of equipment blocking the road so I couldn’t get the last 1/4 km in.

And I went back up Walker mainline because I realized that with the leaves off the alders, some tracks that looked impassable over the summer, look a lot more realistic when you can actually see. So I had a stab at the quick route up the hill which is the mirror across Jordan River of Mt Valentine. That, like the “missing” 3rd fork on the way to Williams Creek, was “almost” passable. Need a machette and some spare time… and maybe a chainsaw. I think I got stopped by fallen trees … smallish ones.

… Down to East Main…

Butler to East Main connection ... that's steep down, and it gets uglier. Okay going S on KLR, wouldn't try going N.
Butler to East Main connection … that’s steep down, and it gets uglier. Okay going S on KLR, wouldn’t try going N.

Checked out a spur to the reservoir. Down to the connecting trail to the N end of Muir and HEY! I forgot about the trail to Alligator lake, never had time to ride that before. Don’t _really_ have time now, but what the heck. That’s an interesting piece of trail. Not get off and push difficult anywhere, but more than a few chunks of “hit your line or else” (at least if you’re trying to make reasonable time). Generally it is in good shape for a narrow double track, but here are some badly washed out sections, including the very end.

Alligator lake.
Alligator lake.
Shed at said lake.
Shed at said lake.
Cabin ... not locked, and looks like it might have been built by scouts or something like that. Tin roof, some windows. Moss chinking.
Cabin … not locked, and looks like it might have been built by scouts or something like that. Tin roof, some windows. Moss chinking.
pano at lake, click for big.
pano at lake, click for big.

There were a couple challenges on the trail connecting East Main to Muir … the ramp up the culvert needed to be built up a bit… I imagine the quads might have destroyed it in their slowness. And there were a pair of small trees down (4 or 5″) that someone, with a hand saw had cut. I say hand saw, because they cut out a 4 foot chunk (ATV sized), but they did it off the edge of the main path… where the trees were smallest… and I had a little trouble (got hung up on some rocks) getting through. No pix as it was getting late and starting to get wet. But once onto Muir, it was just one stop to put on the full rain gear, and the slog all the way home.

Would have been a better ride with company… even if it would have meant cutting it shorter and not taking some of the same challenges.