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Mountain Loop Highway Adventure? (east of Everirett Washington)


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#1 Mike W

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 10:28 PM

Hey I just heard that after four years of being closed due to storm damage, the Mountain Loop Highway has finally reopened from Darrington to Barlow Pass!

So any interest in doing a tour de Mountain Loop? Kind of a last fall trip before the snow flies. There's lots of side roads and stuff to explore, a cool fire lookout up on North Mountain above Darrington, and even some abondonned/washed out roads for Hatch Patrollin'. If meet-up points were established, this could be a fun day trip for steet cars and offroaders alike. The only catch is that Barlow Pass will be closed for the winter pretty soon, so any Loop trips will need to happen before the first big white dump.
I'd suggest doing the loop in the clockwise direction. Perhaps meet near the I-5 exit by Arlington.

So anyone interested?

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 08:31 AM

That sounds like a interesting trip, one I've never done before.
I guess timing is important tho.
Been wanting to get together with you on a run for a while.
Pick a date Mike.

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 11:48 AM

I loved that road. I never did the entire loop, but it was a short drive from Lake Stevens, and provided some nice twisty mtn. roads.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 08:46 AM

I'd be willing to join in on the event if I can.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 08:49 AM

I'd be willing to join in on the event if I can.


You trust that wagon to go that far? :-p

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 09:13 AM

Lol, I like to think I do. It has survived two trips across the state recently. :)

#7 Mike W

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:40 AM

Well since I currently have no Subarus I can drive, it ain't gonna be this weekend.

So how about Sunday November 11th?
8am?
Meet at (or near) the Arlington Denny's Restaurant located just off the I-5 exit to State Route 530.

How about inviting the Outback message board folks and others?

Map to Arlington Denny's (if the link works)
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:47 AM

Well, I'm out then. :-p

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 12:51 AM

Well since I currently have no Subarus I can drive, it ain't gonna be this weekend.

So how about Sunday November 11th?
8am?
Meet at (or near) the Arlington Denny's Restaurant located just off the I-5 exit to State Route 530.

How about inviting the Outback message board folks and others?

Map to Arlington Denny's (if the link works)
Google Maps


Ack, I would have to leave the house by at least 6:30am :eek:
Not sure if I can get my boys up and ready to go by that time :-\

#10 Mike W

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 08:56 AM

Yeah Rob, I got to thinking that the early launch time maybe wasn't such a great idea. I'm up early for work so it's just my programming.

Would 10 or 11 be better? Folks could sleep off at least some of the hangover or go to early church (or both if they're like the catholics I grew up with.)

And speaking of spiritual conflicts, are there any games that day I don't know about? Seachickens play on monday night that week so no problem there.

Last time I did a Sunday drive to Darrington, we went up North Mountain and checked out the view from the old fire lookout and then we went back down to to Darrington for lunch at a Tavern. Despite what I've heard, the locals were actually quite friendly and the food was excellent.

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 06:26 PM

9 or 10am would be fine. I dont worry about hangovers any more.
And heading up into the hills is my idea of going to Church ;)

#12 Mike W

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 09:21 PM

Ok, so 10am Sunday Nov 11th it is then.
Any other opinions on start time or day?
Oh yeah. For lunch I'd prefer to skip the tavern and heat up some coffee and stuff on the tailgate somewhere scenic.
Now I just need to get my legacy to pass emissions. I'm currently driving a honda. yikes

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 09:45 PM

I have an AutoX in Bremerton that day, so I'm out for the 11th.

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 01:27 AM

Sounds like something the brat could handle. I'll tag along

#15 Mike W

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:40 AM

Hey Eric, would you mind posting a thing over on the Outback message board about this trip. They know you over there and I bet some of those folks would be up for a trip like this. Thanks man.

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 11:55 AM

Hey Eric, would you mind posting a thing over on the Outback message board about this trip. They know you over there and I bet some of those folks would be up for a trip like this. Thanks man.


Done.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 08:54 PM

Tavern might look pretty inviting if the weather is anything like this afternoon :lol:
I will pack a lunch either way

I'd prefer to skip the tavern and heat up some coffee and stuff on the tailgate somewhere scenic.



#18 Mike W

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:39 AM

So who's still going?

Meet at 10am this Sunday near Denny's at I-5 exit to Arlington.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 12:01 PM

If you're in, I'm in Mike. I think I twisted Ken's arm enough to get him to show too.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:38 PM

I'm in, the Brat needs a scenic drive----Brian

#21 Mike W

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:40 PM

Ok if you guys are up for going then I'm in. I've been sorting and getting rid of Beth's clothing and stuff. Damn sad business. I really need to get out and be around people.

Sounds like there might be rain that day.I don't mind rain or snow, I just want to be able to see the big mountains. White Horse and Big Four are just a couple of the peaks along this route. Great scenery if the clouds aren't hangin too low. I'm hoping we can get up to North Mountain Lookout above Darrington and maybe try exploring the Coal Lake Road and up to the old Mount Pilchuck ski area.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:56 PM

Looks like I'll driving the Legacy. Still haven't fixed the emmisions problem so I'll have to get a trip permit.
Here's the link to the Forest Circus webpage describing the route and scenic viewpoints etc.
There used to be a couple of fairly safe old mine shafts right next to road not too far from Red Bridge and the Washout. Bring a flashlight and boots if you want to get a quick dose of what it's like underground.
For a preview of some scenery check out: http://darringtonwa.org/pictures.php
Here's a TopoZone map showing the road to North Mountain Lookout: http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=48.29523&lon=-121.64617&s=200&size=l&datum=nad83&layer=DRG100


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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:46 PM

I'm definatly in. Made arrangments days ago. Better not back out now :-p
Best thing to do is get out and be with friends.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:01 PM

Mike & Rob- you feel the loss now but it will ease with time-been there done that-higher power will see to it-Ken

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 09:26 PM

What're ya bringin' Rob?


The RX (Ozzie).
Got the new tires and I hear the weather is going to be WHITE :slobber:


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