I met Bruce at camp just past noon... I was coming straight from T-ball, he'd already done all of Guanella pass.. good way to start the day. We gassed up and proceeded to hit everything we could on the north side of Leavenworth Creek, as that river looked a little too deep and too brisk to attempt on 2 wheels. We made it past Waldorf probably only a mile up Argentine until we hit snow, then we did the McClellan side and were able to get up and over the whole thing. At a few points we had about 1' of dirt between the drifts and the edge of the road, but just enough room to squeeze a moto up and through. What a hoot.
By the time we were making it down some quads had followed our tracks and had widened the snow drifts to the point where probably by next weekend you could get a truck up there. After McClellan we went down the other way, checking out that cabin (couple exciting puddles along the way), then down the bumpy "k" road to the main road. We played a little on the lower Leavenworth section, using both the higher junction and the Subzali Junction to get around the main water crossings. Would like to go back towards the end of the season when the water is lower, to explore that south side hill we saw everyone on yesterday. Also try to get to the top of Argentine.
Last comment is about all the other users up there- parking on the Guanella Pass road was packed, the pass was busy, everything from other moto bikes to mountain bikes to hikers, Jeeps, quads, golf carts, full size trucks, you name it it was up there. Without exception, everyone we came across was super cool. Half of them were asking us for directions, or is this route passable, etc., the other half enjoyed watching us sputter by. The leaders of the quads held up their numbers, their tail gunner always gave us the fist. I was really impressed by the etiquette, kind of renewed my hope a little.
Here's my manual panorama from the back side of McClellan, I-70 and I think the Bakerville exit is in the middle one.
82 fj40, 99 uzj100, 06 gx470
97 DR650, 05 525EXC, 01 XT225, 89 TW200, 09 TTR125, 07 TTR90, 07 CRF50
Last edited by nakman; 06-24-2013 at 11:22 AM.