I am trying to find as many cool loops to do as possible. Departure location = Newcastle. I am looking for long climbs.
So far one of my standard loops is to head south from May Valley, bike along the renton bike trail a bit, and then head due south along I think 196th, and you hit a 2+ mile climb that eventually turns into Sweeny Road and go into Maple Valley. Then I take some of the roads north/east of maple valley and do Tiger Mt., the other 2+ mile climb I've found.
I've also headed further south to Black Diamond but haven't found any decent climbs. So the two I mentioned above are the only ones I've found. Plus there's always cougar.
So question is are there any other multiple mile climbs I can hit from a ride leaving Newcastle and be done in 50 - 80 miles?
I can't find any road that hits 1000 ft besides tiger. I see lots of roads out past tiger on google maps, etc. but from what I've seen they are dirt roads?
I'm just wondering if there's someone who has done tons of riding in the area knows of any big hidden climbs out there and can share them with me.
Also, is there anything cool out past North Bend? Only thing I know if is I-90 and the Iron horse trail (which is shut down now anyway) but I'm not looking for 2% grades anyway.
Or even stuff out past redmond, or anywhere within distance of newcastle.