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DH4 (Non Feature DH)
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Distance: 68.9 mi /110.8 km Traffic: Moderate

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At a Glance

Once upon a time, there was a very beautiful DH. It was one of the twistiest roads motorcyclists had ever seen. They all loved it. Not just for its fabled Remoteness, big, bad Twistiness and fairy-tale Pavement. But because when it drifted off into the thick, endless Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, it left a long dotted line like a trail of breadcrumbs through the woods. Riding south from Randle, you donít see the double yellow line of evil until the last part of the tale, just east of Cougar. But even in this fantasy world of non-stop curves and unlimited passing opportunities, the tall, dark forest can be a scary place. You can get lost in all the blind, frighteningly tight corners. And if you do, thereís no nearby interstate to escape to. Nor will you find any gas stations, restaurants or Bavarian-style cottage breweries to stop at and take a much-needed rest. Those really caught up in this story will appreciate that the wicked witches of the Forest Service seem to have better things to do than dispense tickets. The moral of this DH? Take a little red ride in the forest. And live happily ever after.


  Riders Reviews:
"Yet another of my local haunts and one of the best. I live just 15 miles south of Cougar so this is often an after work ride in the summer. NOTE: Gas is available at the Eagle Cliffs store in Northwoods once again after a long time without. Also food and beer etc. It's an oasis out in the woods if you're low on go juice." -Dean

"Awesome road! Trees are a bit close to the pavement for all-out speed comfort but this is a very satisfying road. (Part way along, be sure not to miss the 16 miles of killer twisties on DH2 up to Windy Ridge/Mt. St. Helens!) Also make sure to have a full tank as well when you start. Little/no STC presence."--Ray Stevens  

"When I rode this one on a Friday in August, I also turned off and did DH2... then came back down and finished this one up before going around Mt. St. Helens for DH3! This is another KICK-BUTT ride! YEE-HAA! Shadows from the trees, combined with real patches in the pavement can make you think you've got a hazard when you don't but can also combine to make you miss hazards that might be there. For this reason, you cannot accelerate as much as you might desire. Before I hit this road, I read the book's "On The Road" account of it so I didn't feel like I was riding it for the first time. Its particularly fun to roll on the throttle through one of these curves, only to immediately reverse the direction of lean and roll into the next. Really fun road!"--B "Grinch" Francis