- · June 1st, Wednesday – ride is midweek to avoid cars on the mountain roads.
- · Drive to Longmire (drive time from Park Entrance to Longmire is about 20 minutes). Plan to arrive at Longmire parking lot NLT 9:30 AM. We will leave our cars at Longmire. We will start riding at 9:45 AM!
- · Route: Depart Longmire, ride up to Paradise and regroup and eat a snack, bike through Stevens Canyon (Box Canyon) and regroup at east Park entrance, proceed to Packwood for lunch/regroup, bike up Skate Creek Road to gravel road on right (between mile marker 9 and 10) that will take us to back side of Longmire camp grounds, regroup and wait for others, bike on dirt/gravel for short distance into and through Longmire Camp grounds back to the Longmire parking lot.
- · Route is roughly 60 miles and 5500ft. The climb up to Paradise from Longmire is the toughest climb the other two climbs are shorter and of less grade.
NOTE: If weather is bad the ride will be cancelled the night before the ride by email.
DISTANCE/ELEVATION: Route is roughly 60 miles and 5500 feet.
MEETING LOCATION: Longmire Parking lot in Rainer Park. Meet NLT 9:30 AM. Ride will depart at 9:45 AM. There are bathrooms at the parking lot.
MEET TIME/CAR POOLING: I plan to leave Seattle no later than 7:00 AM to ensure I will be at Longmire NLT 9:30. It is long drive during commute hours….don’t under estimate the time it will take you to make the drive.
Let’s try to car pool as much as we can. Speak up if you need a ride or are willing to give a ride.
If you are late in arriving we will leave without you. The cue sheet is straight forward with the only tricky part being finding the unmarked back way into Longmire camping area off of Skate Creek road.
WHO IS COMIMG ON THE RIDE:Register at the COGS website if you plan to come. Note there is no cell service on the Mountain.
PACE: Anywhere from moderate to brisk riding skills are needed. Everyone will climb and descend at their own pace. This is a stay together ride – not that we ride together up the hills and down but that we “hang together” and provide mutual support as we enjoy the day as a group. We will regroup as indicated above.
CUE SHEET: Print out and bring it with you if you want one. No copies will be provided. . http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4941370
EQUIPMENT: I suggest you bring rain and some cold weather riding gear. The weather on the mountain can and occasional does change without notice. Also bring money for Park entrance fee ($15 per car) and for lunch/pie. Also bring some energy foods to fuel yourself during the climbing. Two water bottles should be sufficient as we should be able to obtain water at Paradise and Packwood. Spare tubes, pump and other biking gear to make you self-sufficient are also necessary. Expect a cold descent off Paradise.
RIDE ORGANIZER: Tom Tanner. Cell is 206/384.9400 or home is 206/298.0225. Call if you have questions or want help organizing a car pooling option.