Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 24 of 24
  1. #1
    Senior Member Seattle Forrest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    11,070
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Mount Rainier: I climbed Cayuse + Chinook Passes. 3,700 ft ele in 20 miles (pics)

    I got up early on Saturday and drove my bike toward Mount Rainier, parked on a forest service dirt road, and then rode my bike into the national park. My plan was to enjoy some great scenery and sunshine, and climb to Cayuse Pass. Unfortunately the weather didn't really hold up (88 F in the sun at the car, 49 F near the top - and I didn't want to climb in a jacket), but the ride was better than I could have expected or hoped for, otherwise.

    Cayuse Pass opened a while ago, but Chinook is still closed, and the road is closed at the lower pass. Unfortunately the signs for both passes are buried in snow, so I didn't get pics of either. A group of people were parked at Cayuse, celebrating their ski runs and bike rides, so I hung out with them briefly, and headed further up the mountain.

    I rode a little beyond Chinook Pass, by Tipsoo Lake and the Pacific Crest Trail, then turned back. On the way up, I passed a group of backcountry skiers, grinning ear-to-ear, who pointed the mountain goat out. And on the way back, the road that had been closed off with a sign and a few cones was now chained off with a sign about avalanche blasting east of the pass!

    This came to 40.6 miles round trip, with 3,700 feet elevation gain. Cayuse Pass sits at 4,675 feet, and Chinook Pass is 5,430 feet.



















    Don't believe everything you think.

  2. #2
    Senior Member Seattle Forrest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    11,070
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)












    This was Cayuse Pass, where I filled my bottles with snow melt:





    And a close-up of the mountain:

    Don't believe everything you think.

  3. #3
    shedding fat dgasmd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    South Florida
    My Bikes
    LOOK 595 Ultra/Campy Record 10Sp, restored Guerciotti/Campy C-Record 6 Sp, and TIME RXR/Campy SR 11Sp.
    Posts
    3,141
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Very nice pictures. Forgive since I am from south FL, but what is all that white stuff???
    Arguing with ignorant people is an exercise in futility. They will bring you down to their level and once there they will beat you with their overwhelming experience.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    238
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice pics!
    2013 Ritchey Road Logic
    2011 Cervelo R3

  5. #5
    Senior Member Seattle Forrest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    11,070
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
    Very nice pictures. Forgive since I am from south FL, but what is all that white stuff???
    Water: Winthrop, Emmons, Cowlitz, Summit, etc, glaciers, and 15+ feet of snow.
    Don't believe everything you think.

  6. #6
    I'm doing it wrong. RJM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    My Bikes
    Rivendell Roadeo, Rivendell Sam Hillborne.
    Posts
    3,319
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Great pictures and looks like a great ride. Thanks for sharing.


    Oh yeah, the bike is cool too.
    "...this place is to trolling as salt licks are to deer hunting." - 3alarmer

  7. #7
    Tete de Couch Hunt-man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    West Linn OR
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    1,488
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Reminds me of the Ramrod a few years back but we didn't have any snow on the ground that year. Nice pics.
    This is my bicycle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My bicycle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my bicycle is useless. Without my bicycle, I am useless. I must ride my bicycle true. I must ride faster than my enemy, who is trying to drop me. I must drop him before he drops me. I will.

  8. #8
    Descends like a rock pallen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Fort Worth, TX
    My Bikes
    Torelli Countach, Surly Pacer
    Posts
    3,965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    sweet!

  9. #9
    Senior Member Broid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Supersix Evo, 85 Eddy Merckx Professional
    Posts
    250
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Stud
    "You never know what's around the next bend in the road..."

  10. #10
    Guitar Master Crappymonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Parkdale, Toronto
    Posts
    717
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Holy crap that's alot of snow!

  11. #11
    SuperGimp TrojanHorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix, Merlin Road, Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    7,890
    Mentioned
    42 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Some people complain because Seattle is hilly but not you - no! It's not hilly enough!

    Gorgeous scenery. That's quite a temperature swing from the bottom to the top. What's with the sawtooth profile in the temperature on your climb? I imagine it was manageable while you were climbing but the descent must have been downright chilly.

  12. #12
    RidingLikeCrazy! rangerdavid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Boone, North Carolina
    My Bikes
    2009 Cannondale CAAD9-6
    Posts
    4,995
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Awesome pictures! Throw some climbing in your next ride.
    *********************************

    Rangerdavid

    2009 Cannondale CAAD 9-6
    2005 Raleigh M40


    Riding the mountains of North Carolina

    I do today what you don't , so I can do tomorrow what you can't

    "Absolutely imbecilic. But typical." ..... pcad

  13. #13
    Senior Member Seattle Forrest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    11,070
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Some people complain because Seattle is hilly but not you - no! It's not hilly enough!

    Gorgeous scenery. That's quite a temperature swing from the bottom to the top. What's with the sawtooth profile in the temperature on your climb? I imagine it was manageable while you were climbing but the descent must have been downright chilly.
    at Seattle not being hilly enough...!

    I'm wondering the same thing about the sawtooth profile / stairs in the temp chart. It's probably a combination of the sun-breaks, and of the Garmin being a little slow to register temperature changes? "When Mount Rainier wears a hat [has a lenticular cloud], bad weather follows," and it happened pretty quickly, but there are micro-climates like nobody's business. The air never got too cold, and I stayed pretty dry, so it wasn't bad at all. I knew leaving the jacket behind was a risk, and really didn't want to climb in it in the heat. I started to worry at the top, but it all worked out.
    Don't believe everything you think.

  14. #14
    SuperGimp TrojanHorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix, Merlin Road, Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    7,890
    Mentioned
    42 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
    Awesome pictures! Throw some climbing in your next ride.
    Amen to that. 5,400 feet? Pfft.

  15. #15
    Senior Member Vlaam4ever's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Lake Claire, GA
    My Bikes
    2008 Giant TCR Advanced
    Posts
    800
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This makes want to go find a hill or mountain to climb.

    My 53/39 12-25 may not agree with that though...
    20?? Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO, 2008 Giant TCR Advanced, 2000 Trek 2300, 1995 Giant ATX 760

  16. #16
    Senior Member Jed19's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    3,818
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Mr. Croce, you da man!

    Awesome pictures.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Regards,

    Jed

  17. #17
    Senior Member Seattle Forrest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    11,070
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Vlaam4ever View Post
    This makes want to go find a hill or mountain to climb.

    My 53/39 12-25 may not agree with that though...
    Why not? I used a standard double and an 11-25 cassette. I did most of the climbing in 39x25. It was fine. I don't think any of it was steeper than about 10 %, and most wasn't even that.
    Don't believe everything you think.

  18. #18
    Senior Member Nachoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Point Loma, CA
    My Bikes
    Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)
    Posts
    12,863
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That mountain goat looks like he's giving you the evil eye.
    .
    .

    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

  19. #19
    John Wayne Toilet Paper nhluhr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Seattle
    My Bikes
    BH G5
    Posts
    1,867
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    at Seattle not being hilly enough...!

    I'm wondering the same thing about the sawtooth profile / stairs in the temp chart. It's probably a combination of the sun-breaks, and of the Garmin being a little slow to register temperature changes? "When Mount Rainier wears a hat [has a lenticular cloud], bad weather follows," and it happened pretty quickly, but there are micro-climates like nobody's business. The air never got too cold, and I stayed pretty dry, so it wasn't bad at all. I knew leaving the jacket behind was a risk, and really didn't want to climb in it in the heat. I started to worry at the top, but it all worked out.
    Climbing to Sunrise last year, I literally came around a switchback and saw a 20+ degree temperature swing. I went from wearing arm warmers and shivering to peeling all layers and still sweating. My guess is the valleys in your temperature profile correspond to drainages as you made your way up. The cool air collects and descends the drainages and then in between, it'll be warmer.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Seattle Forrest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    11,070
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    That's probably a lot closer to what actually happened. They're spaced about right.

    So how was the Sunrise climb? That's something I've been wanting to do for a while, and haven't tried my hand at yet.
    Don't believe everything you think.

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    3,332
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So much snow WTF! It's 80 in Norcal right now!

    Awesome pics.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    North Denver
    Posts
    127
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What they said, very cool pics.

  23. #23
    59'er Mariner Fan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Alexandria, IN
    My Bikes
    LeMond Maillot Jaune, Vintage Trek 520 (1985), 1976 Schwinn Voyageur 2, Miyata 1000 (1985)
    Posts
    3,299
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well done. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  24. #24
    en fuego ILUVUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Davenport, IA
    My Bikes
    Trek Madone 3.1
    Posts
    2,644
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Damn...great photos!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •