Forest Road 7174 never opened (to motor vehicles) this year after the snows melted in July, so it was the perfect opportunity to make this steep climb without 4x4 traffic. It is a 5-mile dirt, gravel, and solid rock slog with a xxxx foot elevation gain after a mile drive off 410 to the gate.
I made it three miles on this attempt but ran out of time, so will return this fall or next. Much of the climb was well below 1 mph. I never got out of granny (18t Mountain Tamer fourth chainring), with most of the time on the 36t cog. Traction was not a problem with the 406 knobby in the back with lowered pressure, but this grade was close its limits. Hookworms on the front were tough (and hard) as nails. I don't know how my favorites (Big Apples) would have stood up on the rocky descent. Pedaling was similar to going up Pinnacle Peak only much longer. Since this is a road, I used the Nuvi gps from the car, and was pleased with the easily readable map on the DR post. Distance to destination was a little misleading with switchbacks, since it is recorded as the crow flies.
You can see Corral Pass across the valley in the first still at my turnaround, Mt Rainier in the second. You can imagine the view from the pass itself. Or you can ride up to it on a clear day and see for yourself.
Maps from 3-D Google Earth
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