I love being in the mountains, and this is one of the best times of the year for that. There's still snow on some of the peaks, which adds to the scenic appeal; the creeks are at their maximum flow, there are waterfalls everywhere, the drinking water is cold and plentiful. It's also warm enough not to need a jacket, and clear enough not to worry about avalanches unless you're well above timberline. It's a wonderful thing to be in the mountains, and about the only way to make it better, is to be there on a bike, covering more ground than would ever be possible on foot.
So, can anybody recommend any roads or trails to explore the Cascades ( or Olympics ) near Seattle? I've got a cross bike with 700x28s ... which worked out on the Iron Horse Trail, where I was pretty certain I'd biff in the gravel about every ten feet. I've covered the IHT from the Twin Falls trailhead ( exit 38 ) to the east side of Keechelus Lake now. I'm looking for more views of the peaks, and ideally a smoother ride, but I'll take what I can get.
Also, a typical weekend ride for me lately has been about 40 miles of pavement, and up to about 2,000 feet of climb. I'm open to do more climbing, as long as the grade isn't too hard ... but I'm really out to feast my eyes.