* 8/10- 23
Assembly Point: Port Townsend, WA
Pickup time: 8/10- 10 am Drop off time: 8/23- 3 pm
Tour Cost: $5,050
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $TBD
Mt. St. Helens is only one of 14 major volcanoes in the Cascade Range, and one of the approximate 400 volcanoes that comprise the “Ring of Fire” of the Pacific Rim. Geographically, the Cascade Range extends from southern British Columbia to northern California—from Mt. Lytton in B.C. to Lassen in California. The range embraces no less than 12 peaks rising in elevation in excess of 10,000-feet, and two of that number—Rainier and Shasta—rise beyond 14,000-feet.
Volcanoes North biking trip will explore the Washington Cascades from North Cascades National Park southward through Mt. Rainier National Park to the summit of the Mt. St. Helens road at the base of the volcano. Volcanoes South cycling tour (described in the Oregon Coast/Cascades section) begins at the western portal of the Columbia River Gorge, and continues through the gorge to Hood River, Mt. Hood, Bend and on to Crater Lake.Volcanoes North biking trip assembles in the quaint town of Port Townsend to the north of Seattle, near
Puget Sound. We’ll provide a van shuttle from the Seattle airport on the Day 1, Assembly Day. First thing Day 2, we will leave Port Townsend via the ferry to Keystone Harbor. Then we start island hopping from Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island and then to the quaint village of La Conner for a nice evening at La Conner Country Inn. Early morning of Day 3, we’ll ride east along the Skagit River to Marblemount, where we’ll spend the night at the Skagit River Resort.
Day 4, we’ll launch into a long, gradual climb into North Cascades National Park to the very crest of the Cascades atop Washington Pass (5,477’). We’ll descend into the Methow Valley to, Winthrop, spend the night at the Winthrop Inn, and then continue along the downstream course of the Methow River to it’s confluence with the mighty Columbia River. We’ll overnight in Chelan on the shores of beautiful Lake Chelan, and then on Day 6 continue downstream along the Columbia to the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth.
Day 7, it’s up and over Blewett Pass (4102’), through Ellensburg to reach the Yakima River Valley before challenging awesome Chinook Pass (5,430’) on our way to Rainier. We’ll trace the Naches River to its source in the High Cascades as we cycle up to Chinook. Just beyond the summit, we’ll ride beneath the historic arch that announces our arrival in Mt. Rainier National Park and catch our first incredible views of magnificent Rainier. We’ll spend our first of two overnights (Day 8 and 9) at the Crystal Mountain Resort and a layover day that offers outstanding above-timberline hiking options at Sunrise. Day 10, we’ll climb from Crystal Mountain to Cayuse Pass (4,675’) on the eastern edge of the park, descend to Ohanapecosh and ride westward to Morton, where we’ll spend our final evening. We’ll begin
Day 11 with a short van shuttle just beyond Toledo so that we’ll have the opportunity to ride the entirety of the excellent road to its summit at the Visitors Center at the base of the Volcano. Later that afternoon, we’ll van shuttle to Troutdale, just to the east of Portland, situated perfectly at the gorge’s western portal. We’ll ride east into the gorge early morning of Day 12, climbing initially to the Vista House, with it’s commanding view of the western reaches of the river and gorge, and then spend much of the day exploring many of the gorge’s magnificent waterfalls, including its highest—Multnomah at 620'. We’re headed to Hood River and our first overnight on the Columbia at the Hood River Inn.
The climb from Hood River to Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood, planned for Day 13, is heroic, to say the least—a true classic Timberline (as in Timberline Adventures) climb. The views of Hood as we climb from the gorge are breathtaking and continue throughout this extraordinary day. Our grand adventure concludes on Day 14, though before we head to the airport, we take full advantage of the extraordinary hiking at Timberline, and for those interested, we’ll climb to the summit of Tom, Dick & Harry Mountain, for yet more views of awesome Hood.
|Day 1||Assembly day in Port Townsend – bike fitting – orientation dinner|
|Day 2||Port Townsend – Ferry – Whidbey Island – Deception Pass – Fidalgo Island – La Conner; overnight at La Conner Country Inn.||40 miles|
|Day 3||La Conner — Marblemount; overnight at Skagit River Resort.||60 miles|
|Day 4||Marblemount — Diablo Dam — North Cascades National Park — Rainey Pass (4855’) Washington Pass (5477’) — Winthrop; overnight at Winthrop Inn||91 miles|
|Day 5||Winthrop — Methow River — Twisp — Chelan; overnight at Lakeside Lodge||64 miles|
|Day 6||Chelan — Columbia River — Rocky Reach Dam (Fish ladders) — Leavenworth; overnight at Der Ritterhoff Inn.||54 miles|
|Day 7||Leavenworth — Blewitt Pass (4102’) — Ellensburg — Yakima; overnight at Oxford Inn||96 miles|
|Day 8||Yakima — Chinook Pass (5430’) — Sunrise — Crystal Mountain; overnight at Quicksilver Lodge||87 miles|
|Day 9||Layover Day in Mt. Rainier National Park; hiking in Sunrise Region of park|
|Day 10||Crystal Mountain — Mt. Rainier Packwood — Morton||72 miles|
|Day 11||Van shuttle from Morton to Toledo; cycle Mt. St. Helens Highway to Johnston Ridge Visitors Center; van shuttle to Troutsdale||37 miles|
|Day 12||Troutdale — Columbia River Historic Highway — The Waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge (Latourell, Wahclella; Horsetail; Ponytail; Multnomah) — Cascade Locks — Stevenson — Hood River; overnight at Hood River Inn||53 miles|
|Day 13||Hood River — Mt. Hood/Timberline Lodge||47 miles|
|Day 14||Layover day at Timberline; hiking option, e.g. Tom, Dick & Harry Mtn. (8 miles)|
Total Mileage 701