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cycling trip Volcanoes North Cycling Tour link

Dates: 8/14 - 27, 2017

(13 days, 13 nights; Mon - Sun)

 

Assembly Point: Kalispell, MT

(airline service to Kalispell, Timberline van shuttle prior to tour and van shuttle to the Portland, OR airport after)

Meeting time: 8/14 - airport 1 pm, hotel 1:30 pm

Drop off time: 8/27 - 5 pm

Tour Cost: $5,200

(includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, van shuttle, park entrance fees, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives)

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $1,200

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.

The Volcanoes North Cycling Tour 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 North Cycling Tour assembles in the quaint town of La Connor. During our ride we will enjoy the grandeur, beauty and challenge of 4 memorable passes: Washington (5,477’), Blewitt (4102’), Chinook (5430’) and Cayuse (4,675’) with a last jaunt up to the summit of Mt St Helens (4200’) road. When the riding is done we enjoy hospitality of interesting spots like the cowboy town of Winthrop, the shores of beautiful Lake Chelan, and the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth.

Volcanoes North assembles in the quaint town of La Conner to the north of Seattle, near Puget Sound. We’ll provide a van shuttle from the Seattle airport on Assembly Day. Early morning of

Day 1, we’ll ride east along the Skagit River to Marblemount, where we’ll spend the night at the Skagit River Resort.

Day 2, 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 Day 3, on the shores of beautiful Lake Chelan, and then continue downstream along the Columbia to the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth.

Day 5, 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 climb 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 at the Crystal Mountain Resort and a layover day that offers outstanding above-timberline hiking options at Sunrise.
Day 8, 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 our final day 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 and adjacent to the Portland Airport.

Itinerary

Pre-tour Arrive, assemble, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner  
Day 1 Village Lodge - Kalispell-MT (SEGMENT TWO BEGINS) 33
Day 2  Kalispell-MT - Libby-MT 88
Day 3 Libby-MT - Clark Fork-MT 69
Day 4 Clark Fork-MT - Priest River-ID 49
Day 5  Priest River-ID - Colville, WA 89
Day 6 Colville-WA - Republic, WA 54
Day 7   Republic, WA - Omak, WA 63
Day 8 Omak, WA -  Chelan, WA 83
Day 9 Chelan LAYOVER DAY (optional boat ride)  
Day 10  Chelan - Leavenworth, WA 54
Day 11 Leavenworth, WA - Yakima, WA 97
Day 12 Yakima, WA - Crystal Mountain (Rainier), WA 87
Day 13 Crystal Mountain (Rainier), WA - Morton, WA 72

Total cycling mileage: 838

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.