Hi ya' all, it was a beautiful day here in Washington and I just had to go find something to do. Elbe is a small 'Train Stop' at the South end of Alder Lake on the Nisqually River at the Junction of Hwy 7 and Hwy 706 towards Mt. Rainier. Elbe Hills is an OHV area off 96th Street about half way between Elbe and Ashford.
I'll let the pictures do the talking, because I just had too much fun with the little 'Pigglet'.
Majestic Mount. Rainier looking east
Getting ready to find trouble
Found trouble, darn gate was closed
Came back down out of the snow and found some rocks
Rocks led to mud and water holes, I didn't want to go through alone, will have to wait for my buddy to get his XR650L back on the road.
Just one of the many splended views (this was looking back towards Tacoma in the far off distance above the tail you can see the snow capped Olympic Mountains)
The area has trails for 4X4 and ATVs, this was rated as a 4X4 trail, but it gets pretty hairy as you will soon see.
This was at 2700 feet and although the temperatures were cool, I was sweating my butt off, time to take a break loose the under warmies and walk the hill down to see what lay ahead (Rocks, roots and slick mud, Oh the JOY)
This was looking down, trust me it was steep
Looking up, about halfway to the first turn on a three-hundred foot elevation change
Lookin down again at the that first turn
Looking up from the turn
A resting place just after the turn and a lot less rocks (I'm pointing at the Mountain but the light meter didn't adjust for the best picture, you'll see it without me)
Back off the hills and on Hwy 706 there's this crazy place with all sorts of metal figures, I'm surprised it's taken me 17-years to stop and take pictures
Aagh, finally back to Elbe, with dead batteries in the camera so this is it, then 20-minutes to home.
It was a magnificent day, and I only had to say "Good Save, Good Save" twice on that hill. I almost christened her twice going down and over those rocks, but managed to save it both times all sprawled over the tank and handlebars. Don't think I would have saved the 1150 from certain doom on that hill.
Any body that wants to go ride with me, there are lots of trails and places I still need to explore up there.
Until the next time, have fun and go out and ride.