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Old 03-03-2015, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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High Clearance Vehicle Required

Last year I attempted to take my wife to Silver Star mountain in Washington, but I took a wrong turn and we ended up doing a different hike. The way I attempted to get there was the most direct route, and road conditions are favorable.

My wife, not wanting to miss the trail head a second time, had me take an alternate route through Battle Ground that added 10 miles and half an hour to the trip. Multiple sources have this disclaimer:

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NOTE: In 2013 the road to the trailhead became so degraded that a high clearance vehicle is required.
She regretted that decision as we turned a hairpin and began the steep climb. The road was rough, but I only scraped once. I wish the video below could show how steep it was, or the worry sounds my wife makes as we traverse washouts.

Normally this road wouldn't be accessible until May, but we've had a non-existent winter.

The only other "car" in the parking lot. I parked next to him just in case he appreciated the humor.










I was able to regen about 4 miles of EV range as the road looses about 2,000 feet in 2 miles. Again, I scraped once coming back down, as the front end dives when brakes are applied.

Ironically, the greatest danger was had on the I-5 bridge as I performed an emergency swerve at max steering to avoid a crate in the road. Crate and bridge wall were both narrowly avoided.

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Beautiful scenery!!

Win, with a fun drive involved (crate notwithstanding).

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