On this fabulous tour through the Pacific Northwest, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the most scenic landscapes in Washington, from the lush forests of the Cascade Range’s western flank to the arid plains of the eastern slope.
After being shuttled to the top of Stevens Pass, we’ll begin with a long descent down the dry side of the Cascades to Lake Wenatchee State Park. From the Bavarian-themed hamlet of Leavenworth, we’ll spin through apple-orchard country and then follow the Methow River upstream to Winthrop, one of the great recreation-based communities of the West. From there, we’ll climb along the magnificent North Cascades Highway, summiting both Washington Pass and Rainy Pass. Then we’ll coast out of the mountains and enter the lowlands, heading toward Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.
After traveling back to the mainland by ferry, we’ll ride along the waterfront before jumping onto the Sammamish River Trail, which will return us to Redmond and the finale of our Pacific Northwest adventure.
|Start Date:||Jul 06, 2014||End Date:||Jul 13, 2014|
|Start Location:||Redmond, WA||End Location:||Redmond, WA|
|Total Days:||8||Riding Days:||7|
|Rest Days:||1||Level of Support:||Fully Supported|
|Miles:||438||Average Daily Mileage:||62.6|
|Accommodations:||Camping, Motel Options||Physical Difficulty:||Intermediate|
|Technical Difficulty:||Easy||Elevation Alert:||High Point: 5477'|
|Airport:||Seatac Int'l (Seattle, WA)||Tour Leader:||Sue Davendonis|
Redmond. We’ll gather in the afternoon to meet our riding companions and share a meal. We’ll load the bikes after dinner to prepare for the morning shuttle to our starting point, and then rest up for the adventure ahead.
Redmond to Wenatchee, 57 miles. Up and at ’em! After breakfast we’ll shuttle to Stevens Pass before beginning our ride. We’ll wind through the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range, then along stunning Tumwater Canyon and into Leavenworth before dropping into the orchards surrounding Cashmere and Wenatchee. We’ll camp at Wenatchee Confluence State Park.
Wenatchee to Alta Lake State Park, 66 miles. This morning we’ll follow the mighty Columbia River, weaving between orchards and through a canyon to Lake Chelan. At 55-miles long, Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in Washington, and we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the view as we ride through the city of Chelan. We’ll then follow the Columbia River to Alta Lake State Park.
Alta Lake State Park to Winthrop, 40 miles. We’ll leave the towering stone cliffs of Alta Lake State Park this morning as we ride along the Methow River Valley to the Western-themed town of Winthrop. You may have some time this evening to check out this popular tourist destination’s historic buildings and art galleries. Tonight we camp at the Winthrop KOA.
Winthrop to Rockport, 96 miles. We’ll prepare for our longest day with a good breakfast before striking out. Our longest day also features some of the grandest views. Today you’ll ride one of the greatest mountain rides in America! We’ll climb up to Washington Pass and then ride 42 miles of downhill through North Cascades National Park. Riding through the park, you’ll be surrounded by cragged peaks and high alpine environments, so make sure your camera is close at hand! Leaving the park, we’ll follow the Skagit River to the town of Marblemount and then on to Rockport, where we’ll celebrate with a good meal.
Rockport to Bay View State Park, 50 miles. Rested up, we’ll hop on our trusty steeds and head back alongside the Skagit River, passing through the small towns of Concrete, Sedro-Woolley, and Burlington where there will be ample opportunity to stop for a second breakfast if you desire! We’ll ride through the Skagit River Valley and camp on Puget Sound at Bay View State Park, a popular destination for fishing, swimming, and bird watching.
Bay View State Park to Langley, 79 miles. We will end our riverside riding today at the Puget Sound and cross the high bridge at Deception Pass and then ride almost the entire length of Whidbey Island, which is the fifth longest island in the continental United States. There are opportunities to stretch your legs along the way at an old military fort and a beautiful lighthouse. We stay in the quaint village of Langley on Puget Sound tonight at the Island County Fairgrounds.
Langley to Redmond, 48 miles. We’ll ride to the ferry landing in Clinton and enjoy a short ferry ride to Mukilteo on the mainland. Then it’s inland again as we ride through Everett and along the Snoqualmie River to Snohomish. Snohomish is known as the “antique capital of the northwest” and prides itself on a thriving historical downtown. Finally we’ll join the wooded Sammamish River trail and head back to Redmond, legs stronger and memories richer after our journey through Washington.
"Cycle Washington was one of the most senic rides we have done...We live in Washington State and driving over the Cascade Highway doesn't do it justice. One has to ride and experience the beauty of the area."
2008 Tour Participant
What a great experience! Staff members were well organized and provided superlative customer service the entire week. The tour leader had a great sense of humor, and the cooks provided great food in massive quantities.
The route was beautiful, and, all in all, it was a wonderful week! This is my second ACA tour and I'll be back next year.
In a word, Cycle Washington was awesome -- best supported tour I've ever experienced, bar none. God, you guys are good.
"I had an absolutely wonderful time - Thank you!!!!!!!!"
2009 Tour Participant