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Old 04-04-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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Beach ride from galveston to sabine pass?

I have heard a few stories in the past of being able to ride the beach all the way from crystal beach to sabine pass and then get on the road for a few miles to la. and so on . just wondering if anyone knows if this is still possible . i did watch a video on you tube entitled "summer beach ride" just wondered if anyone has tried it recently and just how long it would take. sounds like a fun adventure run. do you need a beach permit or what
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This is no longer possible due to highway 87 being washed out. You can go over the ferry all the way down to rollover pass then you have to cut back up highway 124 and take it all the way to winnie (my home town). That isn't a bad ride either just nothing out there. If you wanted to continue from there you could either take I-10 straight to louisiana or I am assuming you want the scenic route so take highway 73 all the way back to port arthur and follow the back way in threw bridge city to louisiana. So to answer your question simply: No, it is not possible but there is still a good alternative.

On a side note if you have a 4x4 truck or suv if you continue straight on 87 into the washed out part it gets pretty fun on the way to sabine. It is possible to make it like this. Last time I did it was about a month or so ago.
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Didn't realize you were on a dual sport. Yes you could do it and you don't need a pass. If I remember right its about 18 miles once you get on the beach road.
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thanks for the input , looks like an interesting ride might have to get a few buddies together for a little run . looks like the klr will go down a few times in the sand lol .
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I wouldn't worry so much about the sand but the rocks and broken pieces of concrete when you get down in the washed out part.
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I wish it was legal to ride offroad vehicles down there. It'd be fun on the 4wheeler.
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I wouldn't worry so much about the sand but the rocks and broken pieces of concrete when you get down in the washed out part.
And all the debris that washes in from the Gulf. Piles up pretty bad in spots, looks like a friggin dump.

I suggest you skip the Crystal Beach side, all flat and boring. Start at High Island (Hwy 87 & 124) and ride to Sabine Pass (25-30 miles) for decent off road fun. Start at low tide and you'll have more options while riding. Warning - legally you cannot ride through Sea Rim Park as no beach entry or exit permitted. Without doing this though you cannot get close to Sabine Pass by riding the beach.
  • Gas is available at both HI and SP now.
  • Speed limit on beach is 15 mph.
  • All bikes must be street legal, registered and plated.
  • You can only ride on the beach (up to high tide line), no riding on any dunes or vegetation as this is something like a Federal Wildlife Preserve.
  • Watch out for debris, cans, bottles, baling wire, etc.
  • Read above again about Sea Rim Park. Could get an expensive stop.
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I did it on my Hayabusa before Ike. No, I'm not kidding. I almost got stuck once when the beach was rough up high and sloppy slush down low. Took about an hour or so.

Watch out for big washouts on the beach. A video posted on TWTEX.com shows a guy who had a massive crash at speed on a KLR or similar when he hit a washout that could not be seen easily from that side.

I grew up riding my 80cc dirt bike around Crystal Beach, Caplen, Rollover Pass, and High Island in the summer. Used to sneak a ride over to Sea Rim and back when my folks weren't paying attention. Back then it was barely still a road. We drove it in a car once, my Dad's 1969 Mercedes 280 SL and almost got stuck in the middle of no-where.

Well, it's different, if not all that fun. Don't forget to check the sat images first for access points.

And don't you know....all the fun stuff is West, not East, on a dual sport. DUH.
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Recent riders say not worth it due to rain water, debris, mud, risk of flats....
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wow great link thanks mr. p , i will read thru all that and figure it out thanks
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Recent riders say not worth it due to rain water, debris, mud, risk of flats....
I was on that ride and still would have rode it again. Got rough but not a show stopper by any means. Part of our problem that day was we rode at high tide greatly limiting our riding swath. Also part of the fun of riding for me is the challenge of new and changing conditions. That's why I said skip Bolivar to HI as it's too boring. Actually I wanted to do the roundtrip back to HI that day like I always do but the others wouldn't so I didn't want to ride back alone. Not someplace you want to have a breakdown or an accident/injury by yourself. You might be waiting one or two days before somebody found you.

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I was on that ride and still would have rode it again. Got rough but not a show stopper by any means. Part of our problem that day was we rode at high tide greatly limiting our riding swath. Also part of the fun of riding for me is the challenge of new and changing conditions. That's why I said skip Bolivar to HI as it's too boring. Actually I wanted to do the roundtrip back to HI that day like I always do but the others wouldn't so I didn't want to ride back alone. Not someplace you want to have a breakdown or an accident/injury by yourself. You might be waiting one or two days before somebody found you.

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Next time I go I'll post the ride in advance here for others to join. Next two weeks not much riding for me but later in the month I might go since it looks like SHNF will be closed for awhile.

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sounds good i registered on twt also
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This thread is all win! I wish I had a bike to tag along......
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