More Energy than Sense
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 155 miles north of Spokane
Bikes: Thorn Sherpa, Co-Motion Custom Road, Salsa Fargo, Mercian King of Mercia and Motobecane Fantom Pro 29er
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I live in BC and work in the Twisp area and travel to and from often. There are several nice options for getting from there to BC. Heading east from Tonasket, take the Torodo Creek Rd at Wauconda and follow this beautiful valley to Curlew. From there north to Grand Forks, east to Cranbrook and then north to Banff via Radium. You would only be on the Trans Canada the short distance from where 93 intersects it to Banff. Going north on 6 along the Slocan River Valley, east of Castlegar, to Revelstoke is spectacular but that would put you on the TC way too soon and riding the TC is not fun.
You could also continue east on 20 from Tonasket to Hwy 31 and north through Metaline Falls to Hwy 3 then east to Cranbrook.... A lot of good camping on this route. This NE section of WA state is really nice. This way you could also take a small detour around Sullivan Lake for some more great scenery as well as camping.
FWIW, the rail bed between Christina Lake and Castlegar is really worth doing. It's remote and for a lot of it, you are high up along Christina Lake and Lower Arrow Lake with great views. You would need at least 1.75s and if you did it, it would save you from riding the Blueberry Paulson Pass.
PM me when you pass through Okanogan if you need anything. The only bike shop in this area just closed it's doors after about 30 years.