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May SUV Drive – SW Washington Byways With a Picnic Lunch

May 27


This trip will start in Vancouver and traverse some gravel forest service roads to a midpoint at Lucia Falls. The trip will then continue along the Lewis River until arriving at Horseshoe Lake Park for a picnic.  Total driving distance is 70 miles, including about 8 miles of unpaved gravel road. Total drive time is about 2 hours 30 mins.

Please arrive by 9:15am. We will have a participant’s meeting at 9:30am and leave around 9:45am.

Registration is open. It will close on May 24 at 7:00pm. There is room for 9 cars.

With a little over 10% of the route unpaved this drive is a CAT 1 drive. It requires you to download this checklist and verify that the car that you will take on the drive complies with the checklist as best you can. If you missed going through the checklist, you can get a copy at the meet up for the drive. You don’t need to sign or bring a marked copy; the tour lead will ask every driver for confirmation that the checklist was reviewed and applied.

What is “CAT 1” SUV Drive?
PCA groups SUV drives into three categories, with CAT 1 being the lowest level. CAT 1 essentially is any unpaved yet maintained road that is wide enough for two cars to pass. PCA defines Cat 1 as: Graded and maintained, dirt/packed, dry gravel, rock, ice, snow or sandy road. Suitable for all factory standard height 4WD/AWD Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), trucks or off-road rally cars (not stock sports cars/sedans). Gentle grades <10 degrees or a grade of <17%. No ruts/rocks or mud under normal conditions. Road is at least two vehicles wide.

Registration information:

  • The “Release and Waiver of Liability” will be available to sign at the start of the drive.
  • Self checklist will be available at the start of the drive.
  • Registration is by car.  If you have a navigator, please register that person at the same time. If you don’t have a navigator, just mark the navigator questions as NA. Please see registration at the bottom of this page.
  • Attendance is limited to 9 cars.
  • The start location and a printable PDF file of Printed Route Directions and Scenic Navigation App Access will be provided a day before the event to all registrants. Please do not share this information with anyone else. Please check your SPAM folder if you do not get an email with this information by 5:00pm the day before the event.

Questions:  Please contact Kurt, Tour Chair

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