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    Locals who respect the Ridge

    Well, we are "locals" who live in Hoquiam, about a 2 hour drive from Port Angeles, in Grays Harbor. We camped at Elwha River RV Park last late winter/early spring and went snow shoeing up on the Ridge. The cool thing about Hurricane Ridge is you can just about see down to the Straits from up there. Within a few minutes you can be up on the ridge, then down on the beach. Now, we both have a history with cycling, but we are well into middle age and would find the climb to be...well... Lascauxcaveman, what exactly do you mean by a tweed ride? And for those who plan on climbing it for fun and recreation, power on dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    Well, it is definately a go on my end, top or nothing. It compares to a couple climbs I have done down here but much hotter, what I am worried about is the humidity. I will be up 2 weeks so any day the weather is halfway decent I am heading to Port Angeles. No matter what I will have a support vehicle, so water and food will not have to be carried on me.
    Mapping it out seems to show average 6 % grade, that should be ok with me. The most I have climbed in one day is 5600 ft but that was last summer. Begin my climbing routine last week to get ready for it.

    Thanks for the ideas so far, really good ones I forgot about dealing with Washington weather.
    Don't worry about humidity, it is a non factor in Washington, if it is humid it is also cool. Speaking as a person who grew up in Florida. Humidity in Washington is not a problem. Dress in layers that wick moisture. A short sleeved wicking shirt, under a long sleeved wicking shirt, under a good wind breaker that breathes. A light wool sweater and a dry pair of socks for the bottom of the hill.

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    Yea, thanks for the pointers, going up will be fine with my body heat, going down will be cold. Will bring a windbreaker for descent, right now am planning on adding some water bottles just in case my kids flake on me. So far I am bringing front and rear lights, helmet,road id, jacket, cash, and possibly a seatpost rack to carry all the essentials of extra food (gels) and water. I see a nice day for Tuesday and Wednesday weather wise in Port Angeles, 75 and clear, don't know how cold it will be at 5000 ft though. Goal is to take off by 10-11 am considering late days up there now, should make it warmer.
    Climbing wise down here has been very little, doing a lot of short 9-14 percent grades to strengthen legs. Guessing 3-4 hours for climb with stops, either from visitor center or from town.

    What will help is someone can point me to a good local bike shop in Port Angeles, just in case. I know of the one in Silverdale, where I will be departing from.

    Will be in my favorite Air Force jersey and riding a Seven Cycles bike, say hi if you see me.

    Forrest Service contacted me back via email, very helpful, 15 bucks for autos and 5 for bicycles. Stated it can be windy, hopefully it is in my back going up, maybe someone can let me know on that.
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    Windy, gusts up the side of the mountain. There is a good lodge at the top, don't know what seasons it is open, for winter sports it is full service. Had a rack of nicely on sale outdoor clothes there. Downhill is going to be cold even on what we consider a "warm" day, the lightweight wool sweater might be good under the windbreaker, maybe even a light helmet liner. Gravel and grit on the turns. A few really narrow places. Lots of turnouts for viewing, you won't have time for that, but traffic congregates. There will definitely be gradients of temperature, depending on cloud cover, you can spend a good time in a cloud only to burst through to bluebird at the top. Completely unpredictable. Send us a trip report after!

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    Quote Originally Posted by backonthebike View Post
    ...well... Lascauxcaveman, what exactly do you mean by a tweed ride? And for those who plan on climbing it for fun and recreation, power on dude!
    On a tweed ride, you wear your wool knickers, a vest and a narrow tie, perhaps a jaunty cap, something that looks 1920 or so. For a nice picnic at the top, stow some cucumber sandwiches and split of champagne in your saddle bag on your vintage randonneuse and watch the roadies gawk at you as they pass you on the way up. (Or even better, as you pass them )

    But seriously, on the clothing issue, I don't think anyone should worry too much about being cold on the way down. Sure it's fast (I passed a Camry on the way down last time, #$%*& tourists) but unless its raining or there's a heavy fog, you don't need to dress up at all for it. In the summer you need to think more about getting a bad sunburn than getting cold.

    The one particular caution that came to mind on my way down last time is the curtain drain grates as you go through the tunnels: the slots are wide and long enough to give you pinch flat or even break your wheel if you hit them just right at high speed. It didn't happen to me, but I could see how it might have if I was riding my bike with the hard and skinny 23c tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    Guessing 3-4 hours for climb with stops, either from visitor center or from town.
    FWIW, I like to start this ride at sea level (Downtown) to get the full mile of altitude gain. Takes me 4+ hours, so I'm not real fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    What will help is someone can point me to a good local bike shop in Port Angeles,
    The larger, more established shop is Sound Bikes right downtown, across the street from my hotel, and The Bike Garage is the newer and smaller shop.


    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    Stated it can be windy, hopefully it is in my back going up, maybe someone can let me know on that.
    If it's windy, you'll likely get it from all directions. It's a winding and twisting road.

    Give me a call on mon or tue a.m., maybe I can ride up with you, depending whether one of my employees wants to fill in for me early. Here's the contact us page for my business. Ask for Tim.
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    This has been on my list for ages, but I don't get to the peninsula very often. It's been a few years since I was on Hurricane Ridge, and I went up by car.

    Are there creeks near the road? I tend to get thirsty, and run out of water, and I'll probably do this in the late summer, so I'm wondering if I can fill my bottles on the way up?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    But seriously, on the clothing issue, I don't think anyone should worry too much about being cold on the way down. Sure it's fast (I passed a Camry on the way down last time, #$%*& tourists) but unless its raining or there's a heavy fog, you don't need to dress up at all for it. In the summer you need to think more about getting a bad sunburn than getting cold.
    Absolutely correct.
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    Clothing description by female with cold hands and feet if sweatiness not managed properly! Guess it might not apply to testosterone types. Rainy and fog about 50% of the time in Hoquiam, even in summer, marine influence. I would go prepared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I'm wondering if I can fill my bottles on the way up?
    The entry station at Heart o' the Hills (~ 4 miles in) has a tap next to a picnic bench there. And there is a seasonal stream near the Switchbacks trailhead (~15 miles in), but not guaranteed to to be free of beaver-fever and could be dried up by late summer, though probably not this year, with our huge snowpack. There might be a few others I'm forgetting. I'm a fairly large (190 lb) and sweaty guy and go through about 40 oz on the way up, all of which I bring with me. On a really hot day, I might double that. Hurricane Ridge lodge at the top has a wide assortment of waters and soft drinks, once you arrive. It's open all summer, but is not open real early or real late in the day.
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    Automated weather station up on Hurricane Ridge for current conditions up top:

    http://www.nwac.us/weatherdata/hurricaneridge/now/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    The entry station at Heart o' the Hills (~ 4 miles in) has a tap next to a picnic bench there. And there is a seasonal stream near the Switchbacks trailhead (~15 miles in), but not guaranteed to to be free of beaver-fever and could be dried up by late summer, though probably not this year, with our huge snowpack. There might be a few others I'm forgetting. I'm a fairly large (190 lb) and sweaty guy and go through about 40 oz on the way up, all of which I bring with me. On a really hot day, I might double that. Hurricane Ridge lodge at the top has a wide assortment of waters and soft drinks, once you arrive. It's open all summer, but is not open real early or real late in the day.
    Thanks!

    Drying up is a concern (the road was sunnier than I expected the last time I went) but I'm immune to beaver fever, as long as I bring a purifier. I use a steripen, it weighs about 6 ounces and purifies a cycling water bottle in 45 seconds. I've used one for years as a hiker, and occasionally on long rides through mountain areas that are pretty unpopulated, like the North Cascades Highway.

    Also I appreciate the beta on Heart o' the Hills!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Thanks!
    I use a steripen, it weighs about 6 ounces and purifies a cycling water bottle in 45 seconds.
    Well, I took my new touring bike up there for a shakedown ride today, and got some more detailed water reports for ya: After the tap at the Heart o' The Hills entry station (mile 5), I saw nothing until about mile 13.7, where there's a year round stream next to a conveniently located shoulder pull-off. Between that and about 16.5 there are at least eight or nine seasonal streams, and the year round one at the Switchbacks trailhead. So there are plenty of places to refill, if you're OK with surface water.

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    How long to make it up? Getting nervous as Tuesday approaches. You will probably drop me the first mile, lol. And as promised, I brought the sunshine up from California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    Well, I took my new touring bike up there for a shakedown ride today, and got some more detailed water reports for ya: After the tap at the Heart o' The Hills entry station (mile 5), I saw nothing until about mile 13.7, where there's a year round stream next to a conveniently located shoulder pull-off. Between that and about 16.5 there are at least eight or nine seasonal streams, and the year round one at the Switchbacks trailhead. So there are plenty of places to refill, if you're OK with surface water.

    Gratuitous shot of my brand new 1984 Peugeot Vagabond near the summit; she's a keeper
    GORGEOUS scenery! Oh yeah, nice bike too...tee hee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Thanks!

    Drying up is a concern (the road was sunnier than I expected the last time I went) but I'm immune to beaver fever, as long as I bring a purifier. I use a steripen, it weighs about 6 ounces and purifies a cycling water bottle in 45 seconds. I've used one for years as a hiker, and occasionally on long rides through mountain areas that are pretty unpopulated, like the North Cascades Highway.

    Also I appreciate the beta on Heart o' the Hills!
    Steripen? Is that a brand name? I want one

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    Quote Originally Posted by backonthebike View Post
    Steripen? Is that a brand name? I want one
    Yeah, they make several different ones, but they're all a little UV thing that you put in the water, and it irradiates viruses and bacteria. Doesn't help with things that aren't alive (so if you were in an area with a history of mining that had traces of arsenic in the water, like Monte Cristo off the Mountain Loop Highway it wouldn't help you) but for giardia and just about anything else you'd normally worry about, it's a very quick and easy way to protect yourself. It's fast enough that the water is still cold after it's been purified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    Well, I took my new touring bike up there for a shakedown ride today, and got some more detailed water reports for ya: After the tap at the Heart o' The Hills entry station (mile 5), I saw nothing until about mile 13.7, where there's a year round stream next to a conveniently located shoulder pull-off. Between that and about 16.5 there are at least eight or nine seasonal streams, and the year round one at the Switchbacks trailhead. So there are plenty of places to refill, if you're OK with surface water.

    Gratuitous shot of my brand new 1984 Peugeot Vagabond near the summit; she's a keeper
    Fantastic scenery! And thanks very much for all the beta you've been sharing with us!
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    Completed the climb today with lauscaveman....no computer (smart phone only) while on vacation but will update with photos and summary later. Laus was a great host and has a very nice hotel, thanks for the great hospitality.
    http://app.strava.com/activities/64390644
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    Completed the climb today with lauscaveman....no computer (smart phone only) while on vacation but will update with photos and summary later. Laus was a great host and has a very nice hotel, thanks for the great hospitality.
    http://app.strava.com/activities/64390644
    Good riding with ya. I don't see anything on that Strava link that indicates we are King Of The Mountain.

    We're gonna have to try harder next time, buddy!
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