National Forest Road 25


corner in the southern half of NF25National Forest Road 25 makes up most of the 64 mile stretch between Randle and Cougar and is likely the longest stretch of almost uninterrupted stretch of twisties in the state. NF 25 is the heart of some of the best riding you'll find anywhere and days could be spent exploring the nearby roads. Although a little bumpy on the North half of the road, it's still a blast and the bottom half is as good as it gets.

National Forest Road 25 makes up most of the 64 mile stretch between Randle and Cougar and is likely the longest stretch of almost uninterrupted stretch of twisties in the state. NF 25 is the heart of some of the best riding you'll find anywhere and days could be spent exploring the nearby roads. Although a little bumpy on the North half of the road, it's still a blast and the bottom half is as good as it gets.

Corner near Pine Creek ranger station Make sure to gas up in Randle and top it off before you head out! Follow the signs to St. Helen's/Windy Ridge and head over the bridge across from the gas station. You'll have some straights to get through as you pass through some farms but it's only a few miles to the entrance to the park, as you head South on 25, there will be a sign on your right which will alert you if the road is closed or washed out.

As soon as you enter the park, the road leaves farmland and enters the forest and it doesn't take long to get fun. You'll hit a few sweepers and a couple tighter corners as the road winds past an info station and some camping sites. 8 miles after entering the National Forest and the road gets very tight and the corners don't stop till you get to Cougar. As you fly by Iron Creek Picnic area get ready for a sharp right hand corner followed by a few switchbacks. These corners set the tone for the road for the next 10 miles as you head toward Windy Ridge.

Excellent set of twisties As you negotiate the tight corners and often bumpy pavement you'll climb higher and closer to the crater of St. Helen's. Soon you'll come to the turnoff for National Forest Road 99 which takes you up Windy Ridge to very near the crater. This road usually opens in Mid-May at the earliest but is a blast when it's open. The road is open and has great pavement and the views at the end are spectacular. Even on weekends traffic doesn't get to heavy here or anywhere on NF25 for that matter unlike SR 504 across the valley.

Continuing on past Windy Ridge, the road gets better as it smooths out. The Southern half of 25 is in a rockier area and there are fewer trees with big roots that mess up the road. Smoother corners invite higher speeds but be careful; the flip side of fewer trees is that there is often rocks in the road. Thankfully most of the corners are open enough to spot trouble ahead. 11 miles after passing Windy Ridge and you get a break from the tight corners with a few gentle sweepers and some straights. It's tempting to make a high-speed run here but visibility isn't great, there are hidden driveways (this is the only development on the road) and the Rangers can give you tickets... so don't do it.

Near Elk Pass After the straights you are nearing the end of NF 25. The last section has the best hairpins on the ride, very smooth and because it's a young growth forest you can see through the corners to look for traffic or other dangers. This is good because there is a huge elk population in the area. I've yet to hit this road on a weekday without seeing at least one on the road here. Be on the lookout because hitting one of these large animals at speed will destroy any bike.

Soon you'll come up to the Pine Creek Information Station and the end of NF25 where you have a choice, Take a right on National Forest Road 90 towards Cougar or take a left to Curly Creek Road and Wind River Road. I'd at least make a side trip up Curly Creek Rd. Just follow the bumpy NF90 for a few miles and hang a right up the hill. Curly Creek is an absolute blast, 5 miles of high-speed uphill sweepers. Moving on past Pine Creek on NF90, you hit a long stretch of hairpins and s-curves as you twist along the Swift Reservoir. NF 90 is awesome on weekdays but the weekends will bring in boater traffic.

Beautiful views are to be found on St. Helens You'll head into Cougar where you have a chance to grab some premium (unless they're out) and take a break. From here you can turn around and head home or continue past Cougar on to 503 which has some great corners of its own, although you do pass a State Patrol office so LEO presence is heavy

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