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Old 06-30-2010, 06:41 AM   #1
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Shady Cove to Detroit slide area to be fixed

Not sure how many of you guys have driven this road in the past. But, since the winter of '08 a slide has blocked the road between French Creek Rd Detroit and the Little North Fork of the Santiam valley. The slide is on the Detroit side, between Opal Lake and French Creek.

I was at a local meeting earlier this spring, and the Federal agency (Forest Service I think) told me they intend to fix it this July - that's great news, as it's a nice little scenic drive....

Currently there's still some snow blocking the highest point of the road past Opal Lake, but, give it a few weeks................

(I'm a new Jeep owner as of a month ago, but frequently explore the Elkhorn Valley roads & trails on my 250 dual sport bike - 60 mpg *grin*)

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Old 07-02-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info sticks. Living in Redmond Oregon,its always nice to know these things. Wish the weather would clear up. Took the doors and top off a few days ago. Then the weather turn crappy.

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Snow on the ground? In July??? Wow.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:09 PM   #4
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Snow on the ground? In July??? Wow.
Hehe - yeah, of course, the ground is at 4,000 ft and shaded, so early July it frequently is.....
Also, here in Oregon, you can snow ski all summer long (Mt. Hood), well, mornings at least *grin*
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info sticks. Living in Redmond Oregon,its always nice to know these things. Wish the weather would clear up. Took the doors and top off a few days ago. Then the weather turn crappy.
Crappy on the east side too huh ? Well, sounds like as soon as the 4th is over the weather is gonna warm up fast - 90'+ over here !!

Actually, the start of the year on the west side was amazing, Jan & Feb, we were riding places (4,000 ft +) that we normally couldn't get to until the snow melted mid-summer, then it got cold, wet and snow above 2,500 ft......

As soon as the rain stops (tomorrow) I'm gonna take the top off, puzzle out how to throw a kayak up on top, then in a coupla weeks head out to the Deschutes around Maupin - c'mon Summer !!!!
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:20 PM   #6
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July 8 update - they've been workin' on the slide !!

A neighbor & I rode up there this morning on our trail bikes and hiked down to the slide area. We could hear heavy equipment below and it looks like they've made a road through the debris on the bottom part of the slide.

They've graded the top part of the slide, but may not be finished yet - it looks awful narrow for a Jeep - the uphill side of the road is a rock cliff, downhill side a vertical slide area - be interesting to see what kinda solution they come up with..........
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:15 PM   #7
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July 26 update - rode up on my WR - not open yet, but, from the heavy equipment sounds, it's still being worked on.............
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:21 PM   #8
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Sept 3 update - road still closed, but all the work seems done. Took a few photos.

Looking uphill at the road that slipped ::



Looking downhill at the same section ::



Hopefully soon...............
Oh, and, there's some great views from the slide area ::

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Early winter update - rode thru the area several times late fall, road in great shape, a lot of widening, regrading from the Detroit side blacktop all the way to 2 miles west of Opal Lake.
In November the road closed sign near Shady Cove was removed, so, hopefully this spring the road will be open, UNLESS, the heavy Jan 16th deluge hasn't done further damage.................
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June 21 2011 update - Drove the jeep up from the Detroit side (beautiful day, both tops off - mine and the jeep's *grins*). No road closure signs, slide is fixed and stabilized, though it is kinda narrow :



Still a lot of snow at the top and all the way down to Opal Lake - will be 2-3 weeks before the road is passable..........
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Good news. Love that area for the views.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:15 AM   #12
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July 15 update:

Rode my wr250r over the top yesterday, all the snow has now melted, and the road is totally fine.
Checked out the slide on the road to Tumble Lake, that's fixed too.
Hope to ride past Tumble Lake to this lookout point above Detroit Lake today :



My work here is done........................
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Thaks for sharing that - I'd love to take my TJ up there. Can you publish a Google map link?

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Thaks for sharing that - I'd love to take my TJ up there. Can you publish a Google map link?

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Not sure how to create a Google map link - but here's the route from the bridge at Detroit to the radio towers overlooking the lake :



Basically you turn up French Creek Rd at the Detroit bridge, follow the blacktop, just about the end of the blacktop you take the Y to the left and head up the hill. You'll eventually pass the Tumble Lake trail head (small sign & post), there'll be a road that drops off to the right (north), stay left. The road then curves south, there'll be some great views looking down the N. Santiam valley, then it curves east and you'll see a road to the left with an open gate, take that and it's about a mile to the top. There's a small trail you can hike on to get the best view - about 200ft..........

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