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Sunrise on Mt Rainier

  • 26 Jun 2022


  • Non COGS members are allowed to participate in one COGS club ride according to the club insurance policy.

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 Ride Leader Barbara Schaeffler
 Contact Info
 Distance/Elevation 41 miles/4500 feet
 Pace moderate to brisk
 Terrain paved road surface
 Route link
 Check in Time 9:30 am 
 Departure Time  9:40 am

Highlights: Weather looks awesome on June 26th, Sunday ride up Sunrise on Mt Rainier before the road opens to cars (estimated to now open on 08 July 22); optional riding to Chinook Pass and/or Crystal Mountain Ski Resort areas as well. Riding on Sunday to avoid road crews and getting a ticket during the week!  Update:  On 6/20/22, I spoke with the Ranger at White Pass ranger station (has jurisdiction over Sunrise) and she said if the sign at the gate states "recreation-use only" we should be good to go!  If the sign says "work crews on road" then we should not ride up.   But she also said the chances of a work crew out this Sunday is very low...    She emphasized that with the warm temps, we should try to ride towards the middle of the road to avoid a high snow bank falling into the road.   Watch for divots and rocks, especially on the way down!

Distance/Elevation: Round trip ride to Sunrise is approximately 41 miles and 4500 feet. Chinook is 12/14 miles round trip and another 1500 feet. Crystal Mountain ski resort is 12 miles round trip and 1700 feet. For sure we will do Sunrise, and if you are up to the challenge, you can add on Chinook and/or Crystal Mountain ski area. Your choice.

Meeting Location/Meet up Time: Meet in Crystal Mountain lower “dirt” parking lot just off highway 410 and the Crystal Mountain cutoff road. Plan to meet NLT 9:30 am.

Car Pooling: Try hard to carpool.

Pace/” Stay together ride”: This is a “stay together” ride – not that we will climb/descend together but that we will hang together for mutual support and camaraderie. Climb/descend at your own pace. Regroup at top of Sunrise for lunch/snack. After Sunrise riders can elect to continue onto Chinook Pass or Crystal Mountain or call it a day.

Cue Sheet: Route for Sunrise and Crystal: Do not have a GPS route for Chinook. Just follow the road up to the Pass and turn around.

Food/Equipment: Bring money/pass for park entrance and lunch/snack, couple water bottles, energy food, spare tubes, pump, and other biking gear to make yourself self-sufficient.  

Bring cold-weather clothes as the top of Sunrise is guaranteed to be colder than the start.

Weather/cancellation: If weather is judged to be unsuitable for riding, I will cancel the ride the night before by email.   

Cell Service on Mountain: Probably none.

COGS rides are now open to both members and non-members. Non-members are limited to one “free” ride with the club, after which COGS’ insurance requires they become a member. All persons must register. The number of persons allowed on a ride is left to the discretion of the ride leader.

COVID still remains a dominant health issue for our society. COGS riders are required to follow all state and county health guidelines to protect themselves and others. Regardless of vaccine status, all participants should be healthy and symptom free of COVID or any flu like symptoms. For more information, please see: Riding with COGS Protocols.

NOTE: COGS Rides are limited to members and one time guest non-members. You must register to be permitted to ride. According to the club insurance policy, If you are not a COGS member then you can register and participate in one ride.

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