The 1902 Yacolt Burn scorched 238,000 acres of virgin forest. That’s one
third of the entire amount of timber lost to forest fires in Washington and
Oregon that year. The burn from Fargher Lake to Yale, Washington’s shortest
DH, is miniscule by comparison. But size isn’t everything. Just look at that
Twistiness number. A corkscrew like this is worth riding even if its Character
is penalized for dinkiness. Pavement is okay but some of the Engineering is so
challenging, you’d be forgiven for thinking it dates back to pre-burn days.
The trees-and-fields Scenery ain’t no raving hell either, now that logging
seems to have replaced fire as the main threat to the forest. As for
Remoteness, the nearby bright lights of bi-state Portcouver attract a lot of
fireflies to this area. So you have to turn down the heat when you amble
through Amboy and some of the more housed stretches. Still, the blast of
corners outside Fargher Lake and the less intense blaze through the farmland
of the Cedar Creek valley should prep you nicely for the final conflagration —
an up and down inferno of curves between Chelatchie and the Yale junction.
Burn, baby, burn.