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    Where should I go near Seattle?

    I am planning my summer get away and thinking of either Bend OR or the Seattle WA area.

    If I was to go to the Seattle area, where would you recommend with the following in mind?

    1. I want to ride lots, both road and mtn. I plan to race and I figure there will be a bunch of races around the Seattle area but I donít mind driving in to the city. I love long mtn climbs and open roads. I realize that in Seattle proper this is not going to happen.

    2. Frankly, is it possible to be in this area and minimize the amount of rain I will see? Rainshadow anywhere? (I know Bend takes the cake here but there are not a lot of options in Bend actually.)

    Thanks.

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    Leavenworth is sort of like our version of Bend. Pretty rainshadowed, the locals boast of 300 sunny days per year (that might be an exaggeration but it'll be 90 F in July). Lots of scenic and challenging trails that allow MTB use, like Icicle Ridge which can make a great loop down the Fourth of July Creek trail and out along Icicle Road. Some fantastic road riding too.

    I only ride a road bike, but I do a lot of hiking, too. With that in mind, here are a few pics from the area.









    ^ Got there on a road bike, getting to the lake shore involved a ~100 yard walk. Yay SPD pedals!



    ^ Bikes are allowed on this trail.

    Winthrop would be a good choice, too.
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    Thanks Forrest. I always enjoy your photos and would love to experience these grand places you have in your backyard.

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    I've ridden around Leavenworth/Wenatchee (roads and mtns), and it's great - but it's a 4 hour drive from Seattle proper.

    Rain in Seattle is always possible in summer; statistically it just a little less probable in late July and August.

    Race calendar should be on the web - Calendar - Washington State Bicycle Association* * * * serving Washington and North Idaho

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    2nd half of July and August are typically dry around here. Not that it won't rain but even when it does the rain does not hang around for long.

    For Mountain Bike rides, check out the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - Washington's Largest Mountain Bike Club

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    If you are into Enduro Racing, the Cascadia Dirt Cup series is a ton of fun. The Rainier Enduro is a new add to the series this year and is going to be an epic day, but they are all great events - Cascadia Dirt Cup*|*

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    Thank you both for the information. The rain possibilities has me putting Bend over the Seattle area though...

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    Bend is fantastic. Great scenery, road riding and mountain biking. It's going to be quite a bit hotter there.

    To put the rain thing in perspective, I looked up historical rainfall averages on the NOAA website. The average rainfall in Bend (actually Redmond about 30 miles north of Bend) in July is 0.55" while the average rainfall in Seattle in July is 0.79".

    Cannot go wrong either way, have a good trip.

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    If you go to Bend, please please please post a trip report with lots of photos. I'm considering a trip down there myself, but it's kind of on the back burner because I have lots of things I already know I want to do nearby, and I don't really know what's on the menu, exactly, down there.
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    Forrest: will do.

    I am a desert native so rain is not my thing really. I will keep researching though.

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    I spent half the weekend in Leavenworth and the other half in the Teanaway. It got up to about 60 F both days, lots of sun for the most part but some clouds came through Saturday evening. The snow is melting quickly. I look like I got a lot of snow.

    To give you an idea of the current conditions:



    That's at about 2,600 feet. You can see it's not very deep from the tree well on the left.
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    Take a look at Sequim and Port Angeles area. We are headed to Sequim for the summer in less than two weeks. Fantastic summer weather, very little rain, flats, hills and mountain roads. The ride to Hurricane Ridge is about one mile climb in sixteen or so miles - about as good as it gets. Just about every morning I have to turn the RV fireplace on to warm things up. Check avg weather. Amazing place that seems to be little known.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robabeatle View Post
    Thank you both for the information. The rain possibilities has me putting Bend over the Seattle area though...
    Seattle's rainfall is really over rated. People talk up how many days of "rain" we have here, but they count any precipitation occurring at any point in the day as it having rained...I'd swear some of the days that get counted it was only misty in the morning for a bit. Anyway, in the spring and summer we often get classic Pacific squalls, which means there might be brief showers for a few hours during the day and then it is clear most (or all) of the rest of the day. On those days it is usually gloriously sunny for all of the rest of the day. All of the day really, I've ridden with sun in my eyes and a light rain falling on me!

    Don't fret the rain here in the summer, most summers are incredible here.
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    Thanks, I am in Bend but planning a trip up that way during my visit.

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