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Ride Summary:

We start in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle at the home of Ryan Hamilton. The first few miles will be easy and familiar as we follow Lake Washington Blvd south to Renton where we hop on the Cedar River trail, and then split off on to the gravel Cedar to Green River trail for a few miles. The trail takes us most of the way to the first control at the Black Diamond Bakery.

After a doughnut and some coffee, we’ll be ready to continue south on familiar roads along the west and then south flanks of Mt. Rainier through all of those towns that start with an “E” (Enumclaw, Electron, Eatonville, Elbe…). The arduous journey over Cayuse and Chinook passes will be rewarded with 50 miles of descent on highway 410 to the town of Naches where there will be a solid meal and a bed (or at least part of a bed) waiting for you at the overnight control.

Leave the overnight control with plenty of food and water as we head into some pretty remote country here. The route follows Wenas creek up to the “town” of Wenas. Though the road after Wenas is unpaved, it’s well maintained and never gets too steep as it takes us up and over Ellensburg pass and eventually drops into the thriving metropolis of Ellensburg.

From Ellensburg we follow the Yakima River climbing almost imperceptibly to Cle Elum where we move over to the Iron Horse trail for the remainder of the trip over Snoqualmie Pass. Navigation won’t be much of a concern for a while, as the route stays on the Iron Horse trail, and then the Snoqualmie Valley trail for nearly 60 miles. The trails are unpaved, but other than a short stretch of loose gravel between Cle Elum and Hyak, the surface is fairly smooth and fast.

North Bend is not quite the end of the gravel. After some pavement through North Bend and Snoqualmie, we jump back on the Snoqualmie Valley trail and stay on it through Carnation until we eventually head west over the Redmond ridge, toward Woodinville. You can put it on auto-pilot as you follow the Burke-Gilman trail back into Seattle and the finish back at Ryan’s house.

At about 310 km, Naches is a little bit early in the ride for an overnight control, but unfortunately with the Rodeo in town, Ellensburg was completely booked for the weekend.

Please note that you must be equipped with lighting and reflective wear conforming to RUSA requirements.  Be prepared for an inspection at the start.


Ryan Hamilton, Steve Frey, Mark Vande Kamp, Hahn Rossman


9/3/2016 - 9/4/2016
Ride starts at 6:00 am

Start Location:

Home of Ryan Hamilton in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle
1923 25th Ave E
Seattle, WA

End Location:


If you need to park your car overnight, please park on East Interlake Boulevard on the west side of 24th Ave. ( ) This is just a block away from the ride start. Parking elsewhere is generally limited to 2 hours.

Entry Fee:

$60.00 SIR members, $70.00 non-members. 
Please make all entry and
membership fees payable to SIR.

Cue Sheet:


Updated as of 8/22/2016


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