This is a ride I did a year ago and loved, so, of course, I had to go out and repeat it. I felt like it would be a good idea to do this route just a little bit earlier in the season, and also to do it counter-clockwise this time, and, well, it was just about perfect.
I drove from Seattle to the L'worth park and ride, where I parked my car and started to ride my bike. There are a few signs that say things like "public parking" and "no overnight parking." I'm pointing this out because L-town is a beautiful place to start a bike ride, but, because of the touristy stuff, it can be a challenge to figure out where to leave your car.
I got out of town immediately, on the Chumstick "Highway." The first 7 miles or so were clearly the outskirts of town, but then it started feeling very remote. Before long, the road itself was the only sign of human development, and otherwise I was alone with my thoughts in a vast pine forest. The 'climb' over Chumstick Pass is very gradual and gentle, and the descent into Plain, WA (where I had lunch) is quick and a lot of fun. This is one reason I went counter-clockwise this time. I made a short side trip to Lake Wenatchee and stayed quite a while, enjoying the scenery. Unfortunately with all of my stops, and because I didn't get the earliest start possible, the sun had already set behind Icicle Ridge when I got into the Tumwater Canyon; it was still mind-blowingly beautiful, but the photos aren't as good as they could have been from this section.
Here's the view near the park and ride:
The Wenatchee River:
A pretty stretch of road approaching the lake: