| Ride Leader
|| Tom Tanner
| Contact Info
|| 50 miles/3,600 feet
| Route link
| Start Location
|| Ashford, WA
| Check in Time
|| 9:45 am
| Departure Time
|| 10:00 am
The ride is from Ashford to Paradise on Mt Rainer. Meet at Whittaker Bunk House in Ashford. It is a small coffee shop/motel. Park in the back of the lot and not along the road or front parking lot. Meet NLT 9:45 AM. Ride will depart at 10 AM, if you are late, we will hopefully meet you along the way or at the top.
The route is “up” but the grades on the road are relatively "mild" and the scenery along the way should be nothing short of fantastically beautiful.
Moderate or better riding skills are needed. We will depart as a group but will ride at our own pace and comfort level. We will regroup at the top at Paradise Lodge for snacks/lunch/pics and await the slower riders. Bring money for Park entrance fee and snacks/lunch.
In talking to the Park Ranger today the road is clear of snow/ice. Expect snowbanks alongside the road and snow in the forests near the top. It should be beautiful!
The weather forecast is sunny/cloudy/chilly. Bring cold weather and rain bike attire/gear as the weather can and does change unexpectedly. If the weather forecast changes to rain/ugly, I will cancel the ride the night prior to the ride by email.
Route link is provided. We depart Ashford and just follow the road and signs to the Park entrance and up the mountain to Paradise Lodge, 25 miles up. As we bike down, outside the park entrance, about 2 – 4 miles, is the Copper River Restaurant and Inn on the right. Suggest we stop for the “best” blackberry pie before heading to our cars.
Try hard to carpool. If you need help linking up for car ride sharing, give me a call if you can drive or need a ride.
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 remains a public health concern and COGS will continue to follow state and county health guidelines. Regardless of vaccine status, all participants should be free of COVID or flu-like symptoms before participating in any rides, tours, and social events.