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Old 03-19-21, 11:47 PM
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Place yer bets on highway 20 opening.

I say May 15.

https://wsdot.wa.gov/travel/highways...sures-openings
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Old 03-20-21, 01:03 AM
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bucket list ride. let's go with the friday of memorial day weekend.
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I'll say May 25th.

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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
bucket list ride. let's go with the friday of memorial day weekend.
It's actually pretty long and whenever we sing its praise we all mean a 50 to 75 mile section. Different people put the "it's starting to get really nice" at different places.

I biked some of the nice part for the first time ten years ago, went back and skied most of the same route. For me it's something special when I can connect my cycling with other outdoor loves. Great hiking just off the highway too. When you decide to check this one off, ping me for recommendations. 🙂
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
It's actually pretty long and whenever we sing its praise we all mean a 50 to 75 mile section. Different people put the "it's starting to get really nice" at different places.

I biked some of the nice part for the first time ten years ago, went back and skied most of the same route. For me it's something special when I can connect my cycling with other outdoor loves. Great hiking just off the highway too. When you decide to check this one off, ping me for recommendations. 🙂
i'd be good with about 110 miles max. was thinking of starting around lake shannon and heading to ross lake and back. looks like there are possibly a few little diversions enroute that may be highly scenic.

i would def hit you up for reccs next time i'm in the evergreen state. it's been about 5 years...last time-no bike. *sad face.* feel free to buzz me should you lose your sanity and descend to socal.
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I'd love to get over and do this sometime this year with my road bike. Which side should I plan to ride this from? Looking at Strava segments and it seems like you can go from either side.

Are there AirBnB's in the area or places to stay on the west side?

Better to do this during the week?
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Old 03-25-21, 11:06 AM
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Where to start depends where you're staying. Start getting whichever end is a shorter drive.

​​​​​​Lodging: stay at the bunny cabins on the W side, get one of the chalets. Lot of options on the Methow side, I'm happy to recommend a few if you want to narrow down what you're looking for. There are also campgrounds and free camping.

There's nothing but hiking trails for about 50 miles. It gets pretty hot in the summer with lots of sun. If you don't bring a camelback you're going to be refilling your bottles from creeks. Only food option is bring it with you. There's everything you need at both ends though. Including iced cream and cold beer. You'll have earned them.

Definitely go on a week day. It's a remote highway, it's less trafficked than other routes and it's hugely popular with cyclists which means drivers know we're there ... but it's still a highway.

Depending what kind of scenery you like, the good stuff starts around Rockport or Marblemount on the W if you like wild and scenic rivers, or Newhalem for a very cool rocky gorge. (I saw a mountain goat walking on hwy 20 in Newhalem once.). To the E, the mountains end at Mazama, it's a lovely "desert" valley as far as Twisp, most people doing a day ride end (or start) in Winthrop. It keeps being pretty though.

Best times of year are spring, and the second week of October.
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Old 04-01-21, 08:48 AM
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News is reporting clearing so looking forward to this ride!
https://komonews.com/news/local/snow...egin-next-week

Funny how I talk about this and ridden it on the motorcycle but not yet on the bike. Maybe this year with the pandemic easing up!
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Here is the Flickr album WSDOT has up to show the progress they're making: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/...h/50997162604/
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Next week.

The highway is mostly clear of snow and debris, but minor repairs to signs and guard rails are keeping it from opening to cars just yet. This weekend it will be open to bikes and pedestrians, but closed to other uses.

Be aware of avy danger if you go.
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Old 05-01-21, 04:41 PM
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Yea just read the status update as well. Might do a part of it next week on the gravel bike just in case of the debris and misc stuff.

Is Marblemount or Newhalem good parking to start out at? Welcoming suggestions please.
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I would start at the Ross Lake trailhead at mile 134. You'll drive through Marblemount and Newhalem this way. Doing so will let you ride without auto traffic, and I don't know how much time you have to ride but if that's limited it'll also get you closer to what most people think is the most dramatic part. I really enjoy riding through Newhalem a lot, but it adds 20 miles and if that means not riding Washington Pass, it probably isn't right.

I'll probably go tomorrow on 28 mm tires. I don't know what to expect in terms of debris but having the entire roadway should make it pretty easy to avoid stuff.
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Old 05-02-21, 07:23 AM
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Thank you SF! Targeting Wednesday this week as forecast shows best warm weather day! Hope to see your pics and ride report when you do this!
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1 pm tomorrow, May 5. Pretty close.
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Old 05-04-21, 06:47 PM
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Close guess!! Today ("May the fourth be with you") or Cinco de Mayo would've been great guesses too!

I had some buddies do the ride on Sunday and their pics/routes look stunning! One started at Newhalem while the other started at Colonial creek campground at Diablo. I will see how I feel tomorrow and how the weather starts out...
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Some riding acquaintances did this over the weekend. I'm still not riding with others and had some other obligations. Maybe next year.
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