Moscow, Idaho July 30-31, 2004
An event loosely organized by:
Palouse Falls ("B" route)
202 miles, approximately 5 hours
This is the slighly twistier of the two routes to
the other one is called the
"A" route, for no particular reason
other than to distinguish it from this one.
Note: the time estimate above doesn't include the stop at Palouse Falls.
- Head north out of Moscow on US-95.
- After about 9 miles, look for SR 66 branching off to the left,
towards Palouse, WA. Take it.
- As you enter Palouse, cross the main street and continue north
on WA 27 up a short steep hill. At the top, take SR 272 to the
left, towards Colfax.
- Colfax is notorious for it's downtown speedtrap, so keep it to
25mph! Take SR 26 west from the north end of Colfax and head towards
- About 4 miles west of Colfax, on SR 26, take the turn to the
right towards Endicott -- it's right at the fairgrounds, and if you
miss the turn there's another turn right after the fairgrounds.
- At Endicott, continue west towards Benge. The road gets kinda
bumpy, but has far less traffic than SR 26 which parallels it.
- At Benge, turn SW towards Washtucna.
- Just before Washtucna, you'll have to turn left onto SR 261.
- At Washtucna, you might want to refuel, though you can probably
wait until you get back to Lewiston. There's also a place to eat
there -- turn left and head into town and you'll see a blue-green
cafe off on the left. There's another cafe a few blocks further
south on the main street.
- Head south out of Washtucna on SR 260 towards Kahlotus.
- About 6 miles south of Washtucna, you'll see some grain elevators in
the center of the valley to your left. That's where you're going to
turn left onto SR 261 towards Lyons Ferry.
- Watch for the left turn to Palouse Falls -- it's a couple miles of
hard-packed gravel but
well worth the ride!
- Continuing SE from Palouse Falls on SR 261, you'll cross the Snake
River and follow the south bank for awhile back to the intersection
with US 12.
- Turn left (east) on US 12 and after about 15 miles,
look for the turnoff on SR 127 (you'll actually go straight)
which follows a grade up a big hill directly in front of you.
Take SR 127 towards Dusty.
- There are some nice corners here, leading you to Central Ferry,
where you'll again cross the Snake River. There's a nice park to
the west of the bridge if you want to take a break in the shade and
rehydrate or recycle some fluids.
- Continue logical north on SR 127 towards Dusty and enjoy the
next few miles of excellent twisties.
- At Dusty, turn right on SR 26 towards Colfax.
- The direct way back to Moscow is to go to Colfax, turn south on
US 195 to Pullman, then east on SR 270 to Moscow.
- The more interesting route is to turn right about 6-8 miles
before Colfax on the road towards Almota -- this bit of road is
I'll try to get a more accurate description of how you can find this
turnoff and put it here before July...
- The rest of this alternative (not shown on the map above) is to
turn right at the T-intersection onto
Almota Road and follow it to SR 194 where you take a
logical left (actually, you simply don't turn right).
- SR 194 will take you right back into downtown Pullman and, in
fact, becomes SR 270 leading directly to the University Inn.
On this route you can safely rely on finding fuel in Moscow,
Pullman, Colfax and Washtucna (there are unattended, creditcard-only pumps
with all 3 grades off the main street).
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