Washington’s Cascades

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*The esteemed International Federation of Sweet Gravel (IFSG) has awarded Washington Cascades gravel “Best in Show” for the 178th straight year. So we got that going for us.

Our gravel riding stacks up against any in the world, we have old rail lines that run through the deepest forests and through the most barren deserts and everything in between. We have gravel climbs into the mountains that will make you run home cryin’ to your mama.

If you live here, then you probably already know what’s up but if you are from elsewhere and gravel-curious, take a little trip with us.

Sounds good, how do I get started out there?

First of all, bring your gravel bike or hardtail mtb and park in the big gravel lot at King and Railroad in downtown Snoqualmie.
Go across the street to Bindlestick Cafe and get a triple espresso, then jump on either the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT) or head toward the falls to the millpond to get to the Mainline to enter the tree farm.

If your plans are to hit the tree farm, you’ll need a permit ($10/day or $60/annual). Motorized permits are sold out for 2020.
Get Avenza Maps, download this Campbell Global map pdf and add it to the Avenza app and you’ll be set.

There is great access to the trail, one good way is where Mt. Si Golf Course is, you’ll usually ride by a bunch of elk just across the street from the course.

What should I bring?

The first thing to remember is that you should be self-sufficient. Some of these rides can get very remote and quiet. There is always the possibility that you’ll be walking out for some distance. It’s up to you to make that a small possibility

If you ride solo a lot, some things get more important, like bear spray and sound decision making.

Check out the lists below as a starter. Do whatever you need to do to get home in 1 piece, that’s the bottom line.

Main tools of the trade

  • Gravel, cyclocross or mt bikes
  • Helmet
  • Tough MTB shoes
  • Padded gloves
  • ID, cash
  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Charged phone
  • Extra tube, Co2 cartridges, extra nozzle
  • Allenhead tools, extra chainring and cleat bolts

Optional tools of the trade

  • Bear spray*
  • Backup GPS
  • Knife
  • Extra tube
  • Bug spray
  • Jacket
  • Backpack
  • Bike or headlight
  • Paper maps
  • Battery pack

Local popular trails

SVT – Snoqualmie Valley Trail

This rail-trail runs 31 miles from Duvall to Rattlesnake Lake passing through Carnation, Fall City, Snoqualmie, North Bend and Mt. Si. More info here.

Palouse to Cascades Trail

From Rattlesnake Lake, head east on this rail-trail for 212 miles through a 2+ mile tunnel at Snoqualmie Pass across a vast landscape toward killer bbq in Roslyn and a hell of a lot of gravel riding in Eastern Washington. More info here.

Snoqualmie tree farm

This is 104,000 acres of glorious gravel exploring currently owned by Campbell Global and available for us to ride in for $60/yr or $10/day – a whole lot cheaper than skiing and whole lot scarier, especially when you’re solo. More info here.

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Come ride with us

What:

Gravel, gravel riding, offroad riding, adventure seeking. mostly dropbar but not always

When:

Year-round, our gravel ranges from sea-level to more than 5,000 feet so there is almost always some snow-free gravel to ride. Or just take your fat bike.

Where

The lower rail-trails if there’s snow, in the summer it’s wide open – it’s often about peak bagging and tower bagging.

it’s just better here

How

Check out some of the stuff on this site, you should be able to glean enough expertly and creatively written directions here.

Who

You, if you want a better life

Why

Because people