Description: From Chesaw, much of this route is the pretty farmland and a few narrow places with steep cliffs near Beth and Beaver lakes. You’ll encounter some changes in elevation and many curves, passing mostly mining towns that are no more in addition to two that survived, Chesaw and Wauconda.
Directions: Travel from Oroville to Chesaw. Continue on highway past Beth and Beaver Lake. Turn right onto Toroda Creek Rd which eventually becomes Highway 20, taking you to Tonasket. Return north to Oroville via Hwy 97.
Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes, distance: 88 miles
Towns in these parts used to change locations, sometimes according to the latest mine deposit discovery. Bodie is one. Remnants of both its locations are found on Toroda Creek Rd between Chesaw Rd and Wauconda.
In the tiny hamlet of Wauconda, it’s one stop-shopping. Here you’ll find a store with all the essentials, a café with a larger menu than you’d expect in a town this size plus beer and wine, a gas station, and a post office to mail home the postcards. The town is overseen by Maddie and Neal Love, the Seattle couple (and Harley riders) who bought the town in 2010. If you’ve always wanted to attend a Flag Day event, plan your travels here around June 14 when Wauconda celebrates.
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