Hey bicycle adventurers and adventure curious folk! The final Stoked Spoke Adventure Series of the winter is coming up.
Wednesday February 17th, 6:30pm (doors) at the Rhino Room on Seattle Capitol Hill,
$5 bucks at the door.
For this final installment of the “season” we have special guests from Portland, OR– Komorebi and Limberlost–sharing inspired bike-packing adventures in southern Washington and Central Oregon, along with some hometown guests who are featuring routes accessible from our Seattle front doors for a quick S48O and an eastern journey to Bozeman, MT.
We look forward to seeing everyone!
A solo trip from Capitol Hill to the ghost town of Lester, WA. This lollipop loop utilized almost 100 miles of dedicated bike trails and bike lanes to allow access from my front door to mountain passes and secluded forest service roads. The trip included 2 nights at the Roaring Creek campground on the John Wayne Trail as well as a day trip to Lester. Seldom seen sections of the Green River and the remaining structures in an abandoned railroad town were explored.
Start/End Capitol Hill, Seattle
Milage 178 miles
Duration 48 Hours
Wedding bound via Bitterroot and Big Hole
This route took me from Seattle to Bozeman, MT to attend a wedding. The first 5 days were on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and featured lots of sun, dirt, gates to climb over, missing trestles and one terrifying bridge crossing on I-90. At Rosalia we cut through the Palouse towards Lewiston where I followed the ACA Trans Am route through the Bitterroot and Big Hole Valleys. Lots of small towns, a few mountain passes, and one terrible thunderstorm later I arrived for a big ol’ party in Bozeman.
Start Ballard, WA
End Bozeman, MT
Milage 1021 miles
Duration 13 days
(my phone died twice so the GPS data isn’t totally accurate but the general gist is there)
The Lakes of Mount Adams
The Lakes of Mount Adams is a beautiful and challenging 70 mile loop entirely contained within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Starting from Tower Rock campground, the route climbs up alongside the Cispus River up to series of alpine lakes with breaktaking views of the northwest side of Adams. Lake Takhlakh campground is a must stop for swimming and trout fishing and is a great option for an overnight stay. The route continues to climb through a dense forest of Douglas firs and Lodge Pole Pines with lots of water features to stop and rest alongside. Muddy Meadows is a worthwhile and short sightseeing detour off the main route. The last push up Hamilton Buttes includes a few pitches over 10% but mellows out up to the summit at 4,867′. Take in the views of Adams and Rainier before cruising down an unpaved 15 mile descent back to Tower Rock.
Start/End Tower Rock campground, near Randle, WA
Mleage 72 miles
Duration 2-3 days
Three Sisters Three Rivers
The Three Sisters Three Rivers route criss-crosses Oregon’s Cascade Range from the dry desert forest trails of Bend and Sisters to the hot springs and alpine ridges of the Upper Willamette to the lush, western flanks of the Calapooya Range, blue pools, and hot springs of the North Umpqua Trail.
Start Bend, OR
End Roseburg, OR
Milage 325 miles
Duration 8-10 days