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    Larch rides

    I spent the weekend backpacking at Cutthroat Lake with my girlfriend. The larches at Washington Pass are peaking, the hairpin turn is gorgeous and full of golden yellow. I wished I had more time, and my bike.

    Are there many rides you can do with a road bike and see Lyall's larches? Obviously the North Cascades highway near the pass.

    The Cutthroat trail was full of MTBers, two of them asked me if I knew why so many of the trees were turning yellow. Looked like a great trail to ride on.

    In about three weeks the sub-alpine larches will light up, and US 97 between Blewett Pass and Leavenworth will be a great ride to see them. I'm sure there are many others ... I'm hoping somebody out there has suggestions?
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    I cannot offer much advice about Larch rides from a road bike. I can offer a great Larch ride from a Mountain Bike

    Here are a few photos from my ride over Angels Staircase and Horsehead pass up near the Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness up above Twisp.

    Cooney Lake


    Cooney Lake


    On top of Angels Staircase


    Coming down the backside of Angels Staircase


    Riding towards Boiling Lake


    Boiling Lake


    Cutthroat Pass is indeed a really nice Mountain Bike Ride!

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    Thanks for the trail recommendation, Woodway.

    I need to get a mountain bike... Are they allowed on many trails in the Sawtooths, outside the wilderness? You can take them all through the Teanaway, too, right? (Great larches all throughout.)

    I've been wanting to see Boiling Lake.
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    Quite a bit of that area is open - outside of the Wilderness boundaries of course.

    The Teanaway area is also open to bikes. Some great riding in there.

    I rode that loop two weeks ago. Martin Creek to Cooney Lake, up over Angels Staircase, across the Prince Creek drainage to Boiling Lake, up over Horsehead Pass and then back to the trailhead past Eagle lakes. You earn the views...quite a bit of bike pushing. But the pain fades fast and all I can remember now is what it felt like to be riding my bike up at 8000 feet and the beautiful views I cannot wait to go back next year!

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    How early can you do that ride? The scenery is fantastic, I bet it would be incredible in late spring with snow on the peaks.

    Speaking of Prince Creek, I got dropped off there this spring and hiked to Stehekin. It was a great time, my first time in the Sawtooth Wilderness.

    Anyway, the alpine larches are pretty much done at this point. I hiked to Cutthroat Pass last weekend and they were definitely beyond peak, and it's been pretty blustery since then. But the western larches should turn in a couple weeks. They aren't too shabby, and there are more places to see them on a road bike! I might do a Blewett Pass Highway ride.
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    Generally the earliest you can ride the loop is later in August.

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