Road bike status of FS1825/1828?

Mike

August 8, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Michael gave you the answer you needed (hard to believe another fool was out on that climb in the heat with us yesterday!) I just wanted to re-iterate that the route you asked about is, in my opinion, an infinitely better route up to the pass than the actual Lolo Pass road. That is unless you prefer wide, straight, sun-baked roads under powerlines instead of single-lane, windy ribbons of asphalt through the forest! At times it was easy to pretend we were on one of those obscure climbs in the Giro!

Enjoy your ride!


Michael Richardson

August 8, 2018 at 9:08 AM

It doesn’t look like my post sent this morning hit OBRA list yet - but I rode both yesterday.

The sign blocking 18 is off to the side, but a gravel section remains, unmarked uphill or down. But if you were going up 18 I guess the sign off to the side would be a good hint. I was going downhill at that point so it was a surprise.

1818/28 is fine. Normal cracks and potholes mostly all marked with orange paint and the rougher ones with S L O W before it also in orange.

Lot of traffic on both yesterday, maybe because people held off when it was closed?

Anyway, still an awesome hill, plenty darned hot unless you go really early.

Road bike, 32s for me but it’s doable on 28s in my opinion. Even the gravel on 18 was better than the road to Hood River, just would be nice to have more time to slow down if you’re zipping down hill.

Enjoy!
MikeR

> On Aug 6, 2018, at 2:11 PM, EAL via OBRA wrote:
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> Hi, all.
>
> Someone has told me that a portion of the westside route LoLo Pass NF-18 is closed for repairs and that FS1825/1828 is an alternate route. Has anyone ridden a road bike on FS 1825/1828 this year? If so, can you let me know that road status?
>
> Thanks
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Michael Richardson

August 8, 2018 at 8:12 AM

Rode up it yesterday, in pretty good shape. Normal amount of cracks and potholes but they all seem to be well-marked with orange paint and the bad ones with S L O W on the pavement before.

I will say particularly for folks heading down E Lolo (18) there���s about a 150��� section of gravel, complete with what felt like a water bar - with no markings or warning of any kind. I was lucky, a car passed me right before it so I saw a big cloud of dust which roused my curiosity and gave me extra time to slow down.

Ride on!
Mike

> On Aug 6, 2018, at 4:22 PM, Mike via OBRA wrote:
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> The 1825/1828 is the route I generally take instead of 18 as it's more shaded and has less traffic (not that Lolo Pass road has much traffic anyway). It's been a couple years since I've ridden it, but at that time it was great pavement. Once you get to the top at Lolo Pass, you'll have a few miles of gravel heading down towards Hood River, but it's passable on a road bike with 25 or 28s. I'm actually headed up that way tomorrow, so I'll be able to give a full report (if the heat doesn't do me in).
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Mike

August 6, 2018 at 4:22 PM

The 1825/1828 is the route I generally take instead of 18 as it's more shaded and has less traffic (not that Lolo Pass road has much traffic anyway). It's been a couple years since I've ridden it, but at that time it was great pavement. Once you get to the top at Lolo Pass, you'll have a few miles of gravel heading down towards Hood River, but it's passable on a road bike with 25 or 28s. I'm actually headed up that way tomorrow, so I'll be able to give a full report (if the heat doesn't do me in).


EAL

August 6, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Hi, all.
Someone has told me that a portion of the westside route  LoLo Pass NF-18 is closed for repairs and that FS1825/1828 is an alternate route.  Has anyone ridden a road bike on FS 1825/1828 this year?  If so, can you let me know that road status? 
ThanksEd Lanton