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Tacoma to Yakima, Washington. Route recommendations

Old 06-05-15, 10:42 AM
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Tacoma to Yakima, Washington. Route recommendations

Hi, I'm planning on riding from Tacoma, WA to Yakima, WA and back this summer. I was wondering if anyone has done it before and if someone could recommend a good route. I don't mind taking the same route back, but I obviously would prefer not to. Google maps says to follow Milwaukee Rd. which basically parallels Interstate 90. Any better suggestions? Here's the Google Maps route:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Taco...46.6020711!3e1

I'll be camping, so planning a route which incorporates hotels is not necessary.

Any suggestions appreciated!
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Originally Posted by Timequake
Hi, I'm planning on riding from Tacoma, WA to Yakima, WA and back this summer...Google maps says to follow Milwaukee Rd. which basically parallels Interstate 90...Any better suggestions?
Milwaukee "Road" means Milwaukee Railroad. And that means it's a rail trail, so from North Bend over Snoqualmie Pass and towards Ellensburg it's all rail-trail. This particular one is the Iron Horse Trail, an unpaved (crushed limestone) grade over the pass, no grade steeper than 3%, and also has a tunnel!

However, Google routing is particularly bad in this area, as it has you routed through Seattle water supply property, which is highly restricted. You'd need to head north first towards Issaquah and then east towards North Bend (a good deal east of Issaquah is rail-trail.)

The other way would be to head east from Enumclaw, take 410 around Mount Rainier, and then cross the Cascades at Chinook Pass. The Cascades means your options of heading east are a bit limited, since there are not many crossings. But the area around Mount Rainier is beautiful! Just don't hit it on a weekend, traffic would be bad.
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
The other way would be to head east from Enumclaw, take 410 around Mount Rainier, and then cross the Cascades at Chinook Pass. The Cascades means your options of heading east are a bit limited, since there are not many crossings. But the area around Mount Rainier is beautiful! Just don't hit it on a weekend, traffic would be bad.
Yeah, a weekday over the Rainier pass would be great.
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4+ different ways I have ridden

1# Jump onto I-90 at Preston until Olallie SP. Iron Horse until Stampede pass Rd. I-90 until the Roslyn exit. Hwy 10 to the canyon Rd.

2# The full Iron Horse Until Ellensburg. (Fatter tires req past stampede pass road.

3a.# Hwy 410 via the puyallup rail trail
b.# Hwy 410
i. Over Nachez pass (hike n bike)
ii. Over pyramid pass gravel grind
iii. Through Mt Ranier
4. Hwy 12
a. via Eatonville Connector
b. via hwy 7 (better choice vs Eatonville)
b. Train to Centralia

The big icks to remember. The paved route which goes over Chinook and Cayuse pass can carry a ****ty amt of traffic for the road conditions. Up until the Crystal Mt turn off it's fine but after that -shiver-.

Cle Elum to Yakima is stupid hot in the summer. I would avoid camping at the Canyon Rd camping areas. Noisy trains and noisy people.

There is a cool refugio near Nachez pass.

One of these days I need to try the Weanus (sp) Rd route.

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