Whiskey Dick Details
Big views, some “techy” dirt roads, desert flowers in bloom, and hopefully dry & sunny weather. It should appeal to those who like the desert, feel comfortable being out in remote places, and are mindful of critters (snakes) that wake up in the warm sun.
The entire route, except for a couple short portions along the Whiskey Dick, is on pretty tough double-track dirt roads. The ride starts by going up the mellow Rocky Coulee, past an abandoned ranch, but then takes a right up a steep hillside. Cacti should be in bloom and make the hike-a-bike go by much too quickly here.
From the top of this first hill you should have great views of the Columbia River and the Wildhorse windfarm behind it. Next, it’s down to the Whiskey Dick creek where a bit of route finding skills are necessary in the beginning. Follow trailforks carefully in this portion or else you may end up in head-high thicket. The Whiskey Dick drainage tees into a bigger road after 3 miles where Long Loop riders turn left, upwards, while Short Loop riders head down towards the Columbia River – which makes a good lunch spot.
Start/Finish is at the trailhead on Recreation Drive, just north of Vantage. A Discover Pass is required for parking.
Anticipated finishing times: 3-7 hours depending on your loop and your post-winter condition.
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More Stats for Whiskey Dick bike trail
Altitude change599 ft
Altitude min1,151 ft
Altitude max1,762 ft
Altitude start1,151 ft
Altitude end1,751 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down3,747 ft
Distance flat851 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Whiskey Dick Trail Reports
Sep 12, 2018 @ 4:14pmSep 12, 2018
|If doing the short route, expect a 4 mile bushwack through sage brush and rocky side-hill. Most of the ride is in the recent burn area, so expect...|
Apr 15, 2017 @ 10:08pmApr 15, 2017
|Rode "short" loop on fat bikes Apr 15. Route mostly good, several creek crossings but mostly jumpable. Section down Whiskey Dick drainage isn't...|
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