Washington, USA

Mountain Bike High Cascades

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

$2,598

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

DAILY DISTANCE

25 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Mountain biking (bikes included)

INCLUDED MEALS

All except 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Mountain biking Washington’s High Cascades is a religious experience. It’s the best riding in the world. Experience the very best of the best on this trip. Big climbs. Big descents. Challenging trail and an enormous reward. The best possible time to see the rare Western larch turn to golden fire before losing its needle-leaves. Ride through forests of cedar, pine, and Douglas fir. Watch for hawks, jays, mountain bluebirds, eagles, camp robbers, vultures. Not to mention mountain goats, deer, elk, bear, timber wolf, and marmot. The scenery is profound, unapologetic and constantly changing. Ride enormous mountains, deep valleys, and rolling hills. Soak up views of alpine lakes and rivers of all sizes. Are you adventurous and ready for a challenge? This is the best riding in the world.

Day 01

Shuttle to the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range and ride the Rat Pac trail.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lake Pateros Motor Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Meet in Seattle. Shuttle to Roslyn/Cle Elum to ride a favorite local trail  – Rat Pac – along the West Fork of the Teanaway River. Says the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance: “Rat Pac is a 4-mile fast, swoopy downhill trail with exciting gravity drops, jumps, a gravity bowl, various skinnies, ladders, and a few pucker-inducing features, including the infamous Rock – an elevated ladder-to-boulder with severe consequences.” Catch glimpses of some of this week’s ride spots as you descend. Lunch today will be at Roslyn’s Basecamp Books & Bites. Dinner tonight is at The Brick, Washington’s oldest continually operating bar.

Day 02

Ride a classic: the Kachess Ridge Loop, one valley over.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lake Pateros Motor Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Hop in the van for a short shuttle to the next valley over. Ride the Kachess Ridge Loop, a local classic.  Start with a long flat warm-up lake ride on Forest Service roads. Then it’s time to climb.  Head away from the lake, catching views of Mt Rainier to the south and the towering peaks above. Once on top, traverse a short distance to a perfect prairie. Lunch here with time to enjoy the views. Then it’s time for a nice long descent with a couple of creek crossings, lots of shade and loose rock, both afoot and ‘awheel.’ Dinner tonight: the Roslyn Cafe, better known as ‘Roslyn’s Cafe’ from the TV series Northern Exposure.

Day 03

Ride a Cascade alpine sampler: Esmeralda Peaks.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lake Pateros Motor Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Today is a big ride. Pack and head out early, shuttling deep into the Teanaway valley woods. From the trailhead, circle a mountain, climbing to the highest point of the trip so far. Keep climbing! The challenging single track takes you above the treeline to the bald mountain top. After a brief descent, there’s another double climb before a long descent back to our starting point. The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) calls it “…a nice backcountry ride with a solid long singletrack climb and a technical descent full of tricky switchbacks, plenty of root systems and even a bit of exposure to keep you honest.”

Day 04

Ride Angels Staircase, a secluded loop in the North Cascades' Okanagan National Forest.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lake Pateros Motor Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Another big day today. Ride the highest singletrack in the state – arguably the most challenging Washington Classic trail. “This is THE Methow Valley Ride for the serious mountain biker,” says the MTB Project. “The suffering is worth it.”

From a start point low in the woods, take a long, strenuous climb past Cooney Lake and up above the timberline. Just keep climbing. Once on top of the world, stop to take in views of your long journey getting up this side…and the countless mountains on that side. Time to ride down a ‘staircase’ trail. Watch the tight switchbacks and narrows until you reach the next scenic lake and the start of the next big climb. Time for a snack here on Horsehead Pass: the other side is a very long descent. And not too technical so you will fly!

Day 05

Explore Mazama: hike or ride the local Winthrop trails, or climb Harts Pass.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Mazama Country Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Enjoy the upper end of the Methow Valley today. Stroll the nature paths near the Mazama Country Inn. Or go for a hike: the Pasayten Wilderness and North Cascades National Park offer miles of trails that will take you away to lakes, waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife. Watch for the deer and marmot that are common here. Climb to Harts Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail. Rather ride? That’s an option too.

Day 06

Starvation Mountain Loop: Ride remote singletrack through the Okanagan Valley to alpine elevations.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Mazama Country Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Starvation Mountain is a huge loop: 5000 feet of climbing; 30+ miles of biking. You choose: shuttle to the top and ride downhill singletrack. Or go for the full sufferfest and earn your turn. By this point the in the week, your legs might be ready to fall off, so a day to descend 5000 feet might be quite welcome.

Day 07

Ride Cutthroat Pass this morning. Then head back to Seattle.

Meals

– Breakfast

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Pack up and head back over the North Cascade Highway this morning, with one more stop on the way. Today’s ride is another classic: Cutthroat Pass. It’s an out and back so you get to pick your lines while on the grind uphill. From the top, look deep into the heart of the North Cascades Mountains. High fives and photos. Then it’s time to descend.

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