Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Regional Discussions > Pacific Northwest
Reload this Page >

Anyone know the road surface of Old Blewett Pass?

Notices
Pacific Northwest Idaho | Oregon | Washington | Alaska

Anyone know the road surface of Old Blewett Pass?

Old 08-24-21, 12:47 PM
  #1  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Anyone know the road surface of Old Blewett Pass?

I was thinking of doing a loop route over Old Blewett Pass and new Blewett Pass. It's been quite some time since I've been over Old Blewett Pass.
Is this still paved or is it more of a gravel road now?

Thanks,
Eric
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Old 08-24-21, 12:55 PM
  #2  
imakecircles
Senior Member
 
imakecircles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Posts: 111

Bikes: 1982 Bianchi Nuovo Racing, 2012 Cervelo RS Rival, 20xx Redline Conquest (Commuter/Rain Bike)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked 42 Times in 26 Posts
Hi Eric,

Here's a link to my ride report from my blog on riding the Wenatchee side of Old Blewett Pass about 5 years ago. imakecircles: Old Blewett Pass Don't know exactly how much a mostly unused mountain road degrades over 5 years, but it was still paved 5 years ago. Hope this offers you some information.
imakecircles is offline  
Old 08-24-21, 01:24 PM
  #3  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Super helpful; thanks very much. I had seen a few photos on Trailforks, but wasn't sure how representative they were of the whole route. I bet 5 years hasn't resulted in too much more degradation of the road surface.

And it's more current than my drive over the road in the 90s.
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Likes For EricOnHisBike:
Old 08-24-21, 02:08 PM
  #4  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 22,837
Mentioned: 80 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17344 Post(s)
Liked 9,267 Times in 5,218 Posts
It's paved. Some portholes, nothing of concern on a bike. Very low traffic once you get off 97, but not none.

The fall color is stunning near the pass the second half of October.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 08-25-21, 11:03 AM
  #5  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Thanks to you, too, SF. Looks like it'll be the road bike.
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Old 08-25-21, 09:28 PM
  #6  
woodway
Squeaky Wheel
 
woodway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Newcastle, WA
Posts: 1,582
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 37 Times in 23 Posts
I went over it a couple years ago after not having been over it for five years and it had not changed much. SF describes it well.

If you are going on a weekend, I'd revist riding over new Blewett Pass. It won't be enjoyable.
woodway is offline  
Old 08-25-21, 09:57 PM
  #7  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by woodway View Post
I went over it a couple years ago after not having been over it for five years and it had not changed much. SF describes it well.

If you are going on a weekend, I'd revist riding over new Blewett Pass. It won't be enjoyable.
Too much traffic?
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Old 08-25-21, 10:03 PM
  #8  
woodway
Squeaky Wheel
 
woodway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Newcastle, WA
Posts: 1,582
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 37 Times in 23 Posts
Originally Posted by EricOnHisBike View Post
Too much traffic?
If you go early, really early in the morning traffic will be OK, but during the day it gets very busy and the driving can be a little crazy. I personally would not ride on that road (I have in the past, it's gotten much busier in the last few years).
woodway is offline  
Old 08-26-21, 09:35 AM
  #9  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
I had planned to ride Friday. I'll have to give that some thought. I guess the alternative would be more of a gravel ride in the same area minimizing the number of miles on the main highway.
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Old 08-26-21, 10:00 AM
  #10  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 22,837
Mentioned: 80 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17344 Post(s)
Liked 9,267 Times in 5,218 Posts
I would choose the gravel ride hands down. Not just because of traffic but the scenery on FS 9716 & 9712 is fantastic.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 08-26-21, 06:54 PM
  #11  
woodway
Squeaky Wheel
 
woodway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Newcastle, WA
Posts: 1,582
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 37 Times in 23 Posts
^^What SF said.
woodway is offline  
Old 08-26-21, 07:06 PM
  #12  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
You have all convinced me and I am almost completely packed for the modified trip.

This does bring up the question, maybe for a different thread: What paved roads with some climbing are available that are a little safer? I could obviously do Blewett as an out and back, but I don't know of any maps that clearly show paved versus unpaved so I could try and discover paved, obscure roads. I see that RideWithGPS is moving in that direction, but doesn't seem to be able to show on the map until I've drawn the route.
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Old 08-27-21, 11:52 AM
  #13  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 22,837
Mentioned: 80 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17344 Post(s)
Liked 9,267 Times in 5,218 Posts
EricOnHisBike Where are you leaving from? I bet we can recommend some good routes for you, but that's no good if they're all two hours drive.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 08-29-21, 10:37 PM
  #14  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Thanks to everyone for the excellent advice. I went up there Friday and had a wonderful time. I started out at Swauk Campground and climbed up and over Old Blewett Pass. That was the easy part. Then I turned onto Scotty Creek Road for the return (gravel) trip to new Blewett Pass. This was tough and took a lot longer than I'd planned. As a result I turned right and returned to the campground by way of the main highway. I definitely see about the traffic. I'll return next year with wider tires and do the full route including 9716 and Durst Creek Road. Thanks again to everyone for the great information.
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Likes For EricOnHisBike:
Old 08-30-21, 11:12 AM
  #15  
kengrubb
Senior Member
 
kengrubb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 176

Bikes: 1986 Schwinn World, 2007 Kona Dew

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Any pics from your ride?
kengrubb is offline  
Likes For kengrubb:
Old 08-30-21, 08:56 PM
  #16  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Yeah, Bike Forums won't let me post links until I hit 10 posts, so soon. I'll post the Ride With GPS ride and that will have the pics as well.
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Old 08-30-21, 09:01 PM
  #17  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
EricOnHisBike Where are you leaving from? I bet we can recommend some good routes for you, but that's no good if they're all two hours drive.
SeattleForest, I just posted a new thread asking about the paved climbing routes. I figured having it in it's own thread with an appropriate name would make it easier for people to find by search in the future.
EricOnHisBike is offline  
Likes For EricOnHisBike:
Old 08-30-21, 09:02 PM
  #18  
EricOnHisBike
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 24

Bikes: 1995? Diamondback Apex, 2000 Specialized Allez Elite, 2021 Giant Revolt 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by kengrubb View Post
Any pics from your ride?
And I think I can now post links:
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/74083617
EricOnHisBike is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.