This route will take you close to three of Washington's volcanoes, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helen's, and Mt. Adams. It is a challenging route with lots of climbing and about 10 miles of unpaved roads. The majority of this ride is in Gifford Pinchot National Forest on small paved roads with very little car traffic and some great views. Cumulative elevation gain is about 11,600 feet. This will be a true randonneuring experience!.
There are few to no services between controls and no cell phone service. Carry plenty of food and water. The ride starts in Packwood, heads west to Randle then south into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. You will climb to Baby Shoe Pass on the west side of Mt. Adams then descend to the small town of Trout Lake. From Trout Lake you will wind your way north and west to Eagle Cliff on the Lewis River then head north for a long climb on the east side of Mt. St. Helen's to Elk Summit. From Elk Summit there is a long descent to Randle then east on Highway 12 back to Packwood.
Stay tuned, the final route will be determined by whether the desired roads are open.
Amy and Robin Pieper
|Date:||August 7, 2010|
|Start Location:||The start will be at the Shell Station in Packwood. The finish will be at the Four Square Church which is located just east of Packwood about 1/4 mile from the Shell Station on the south side of hwy 12. Please park at the Four Square Church.|
Lodging: There will be no lodging provided so if you want to stay Friday and/or Saturday night make your own arrangements, there are a few small hotels and an RV park. If things are full in Packwood check Randle, Morton, or White Pass.
Entry Fee: $15 SIR members; $25 non-members.
The climb to Baby Shoe Pass is gravel/pack dirt for 7 miles, the descent from Baby Shoe Pass is gravel/pack dirt for 3 miles. Please use caution. No wimpy 700-23 race tires or you're asking for trouble.
If you register "on line" you will not need to complete the registration paperwork at the ride start. On line registering allows for quick posting of ride results -- snail mail paper registration slows down the end of ride results. PDF Entry Form
|Reminders:|| A bicycle helmet is required. Fenders with mud flaps are encouraged. |
All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with SIR Brevet Rider Expectations , RUSA rules, applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification.
Please fill out the SIR Membership Form BEFORE the ride if you are joining SIR. Please also try to have correct change (or a check) for the entry fee, SIR annual fee, and RUSA annual fee.