ROAD BIKE RIDES
There are some very, very fun places to go on a road bike. For most, you’ll be on Highway 410 at least some, or most of the way. There’s a good shoulder for mountain bikes, and you’ll see a LOT of road bikers out this way.
The ultimate road bike trip is the RAMROD, which stands for Ride Around Mt. Rainier In One Day. This event is held once each year and is sponsored by the Redmond Cycling Club. http://www.redmondcyclingclub.org/RAMROD/RAMROD.html
Of course, you can do your own RAMROD from here, and use your spouse/significant other/friend as your backup crew—or you can go with our approach and just do some pretty marvelous day rides!
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN BOULEVARD
This is a relatively short ride (7.5 miles each way) but it will kick your….ok, it’s tough! You’ll climb 1500 feet in those 7.5 miles!
RIDE TO GREENWATER FOR BREAKFAST
This is one of our favorites. It’s 12 miles each way to Greenwater—mainly down on the way there, meaning mostly up on the way back—but it’s really fun! You can have breakfast at Buzzy’s, ice cream at Wapiti Woolies, a sandwich at Greenwater Outfitters Deli or a beer at the Naches Tavern.
RIDE UP TO CAYUSE OR CHINOOK PASS
Remember how we said that the Crystal Mountain Boulevard ride is tough? Well this one is TOUGH! In this case, you’ll climb about 2500 feet in 15 miles. The reward? Incredible views of Mt. Rainier and Tipsoo Lake. The negative? Once you enter the Park (about 1.5 miles from here), there is no road shoulder—but a lot of our guests do this every year!
RIDE DOWN FROM SUNRISE:
Okay, some hardy souls actually ride the 22 miles from here to the very top of Sunrise (6400 feet versus around 3000 feet at Alta Crystal Resort) but it’s really hard, the road is winding and there’s no shoulder. More people actually get someone to drive them up to the top and then ride back down. Exhilerating and scary.