Stopped along the high banks of the Skagit river for a pb + j and of course photo ops. The bus continues, but I did not know where the next bus stop would be in the upper part of the historic town. The Minkler Lake Bridge – the longest one on the trail – crosses a lead of water that is well choked with water plants. In a couple of places this section was a little soft, and there was evidence of past flooding. On the east side you'll be traveling through orchard country, where the roads will get busier during harvest times. Surface is compact gravel. I basically had the trail to myself, only meeting 2 ladies who were walking. At (11.56) a section of trestle across a lilypad pond (an old riverbed oxbow) is missing and a barricade {N48.52515;W121.98528} [14] prevents us from going straight into the pond, requiring us to make a short <100 yards detour out onto Lyman-Hamilton Road. The route begins climbing and descending passes until the Columbia River Gorge where it's mostly level riding, then there will be more climbs and descents south of Mt. At 15.8, just past the RR 29 mile marker, starts a scenic stretch of trail with a nice view of the mighty Skagit River [15] [16] (Skagit River is the third largest River on the west coast of the U.S.). Rainier National Park. Both names appear on the Garmin map. Rode the trail East to West in two days of geocaching. As you continue southward, the route continues to go up and down and becomes more rolling as you reach the border. Section 1 begins at the Canadian/U… Pity. If you do this ride as a one-way ride, you need to decide if you want to ride eastbound (uphill, elevation gain 160 ft.) or westbound (downhill). B = Scenery. Someone or thing has removed all the pilings and the bridge deck. Get bored. Eschew this option. Lakes, mountains, valleys, and deserts, section 5 has them all! just east of the elementary school and across from the cemetery on the bend. The Palouse to Cascades Trail (previously the Iron Horse/John Wayne Pioneer Trail) is a 285 mile rail trail spanning the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. Your donations will help tremendously! Yes, the classic Endo In Progress. Skagit Transit (SKAT) stops at four points near the trail, enabling users to access shorter stretches. Trail needs a bit of cleanup. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. Beautiful scenery in the fall. @@@ ToolBear’s Triple Scale Trail Rating Scale (F-A)… Trail bed ( where maintained) = B. We will definitely return soon to ride the entire trail. Certainly not as interesting as the Seven Bridges Road sector of the Cascade Trail. Much of the trail runs in shade beneath over-arching hardwoods. The break away from roads at various points is nice and I have always enjoyed the scenery, especially in the late summer and fall. There was a washed out bridge but all you had to do was get on Lyman Hamilton Hwy (small country road really) for about 30 yards or so and then back on the trail. As Skagit County is not rich, this is probably not going to happen soon. I did this coming back and it went well. Aside from that 0.2 mile stretch, it was a nice ride on a hard-packed one lane gravel road. Doubt there are 500 people in the hamlet.) At (6.92) {N48.53249;W121.88671} the trail crosses Baker Lake Road [9]. It should be interesting. Rainier National Park turn-off, the route runs south through many miles of national forest land on lightly-trafficked roads to the wind surfing area of the Columbia Gorge. @@@ Ride Stats… Concrete to Baker Lk. Two suggestions: Park on Metcalf near the Police/Fire station. In fall, when the leaves turn, this should be a very colorful ride. Route is Forest Road up, then technical singletrack down. Rather doubt that. They are also listed on the Skagit County Bike Map. It has been three years or so since the TrailBear was on the Cascade Trail. Eastbound, we fought a 20 mph headwind with stronger gusts, but by midday the sun came out and the wind died, and it was beautiful. Today was a horse shoe tournament of some sort. Apparently some of the locals objected to the trail so re-routed Wiseman Creek so it washed the trail away. At (23.03) {N48.50914;W122.22413} is the western terminus of the trail end with a picnic table [21] and a trail map [22] and enough parking for 5 cars. What a nice parking lot – thick shade and a creek running down the middle. They are on the schedule for riding. It worked well. Riding conditions vary from leisurely and quiet in the lower Stehekin Valley to the steep and sometimes heavily trafficked climbs … Float-a-bike? Paved trails, sidewalks, and a bike route form the Cascade Pedestrian Pathways, a well-used trail system in Cascade Township. There are dead vines that got a dose of herbicide and stumps of vines that got a does of mower. The grade is railroad, so it's extremely flat, which allows me to keep my speed up and workout consistent. These stretches are marked on the map. West of Yakima the route heads to Mt. The Leavenworth Bicycle Club is committed to seeing the trails project come to fruition. "This is an excellent linear trail from Sedro Wooley to Concrete! Expect heavy traffic in and near the Park from June through August. The other connection from Rasar State Park back to the Cascade Trail is via Lusk Rd. 221, for the status of FR N3 and see the California DOT website for the status of State Route 2. The folks that live on the river got to live in the river. Other option – down to SR 20, which has 4’ shoulders (nice riding) and detour until you hit a road heading up hill. Crater Lake NP, OR to Truckee, CA (459.6 mi. I suspect a bridge over the creek is gone – hence the detour. Here, you'll have the option of heading west for less than 1 mile of paved trail or east for 22 miles of crushed rock. In the other two sections we have had various washouts of the trail bed and a pair of bridges. Once on the trail, I headed west to Minkler Lake (2.06 miles) to see the trail along the Skagit. At the paved street turn right a short distance, then left for 50 or 60 yards, crossing the stream, then cut back to the trail and continue.From mile 12 to Concrete the trail is very close to Hiway 20 and there was quite a bit of traffic noise. Too much loose gravel, crushed rock is too large, several holes and bumps. Push the bike a bit, then try again. My wife and I rode our mountain bikes from Sedro Wooley to Concrete on a warm summer day. Press on. Good choice. This is a nice little park about five hundred feet from the trail. At Santa Fe Trails Bicycle and Coffee Shop we have combined two of our great passions – cycling and coffee! Check a map, before you. We parked the van at the end of the trail – the Senior Center in Concrete (GPS: N48 32.309 W121 44.898). The destination trail around here is the Snohomish Centennial one county south. The Cascade Loop is home to hundreds of trails for walking and hiking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, or horseback riding. The mountains and deserts surrounding Bend, Oregon, are a cycling paradise. Due to heavy snow, State Highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park is usually only open between late April and late November. We looked forward to a relaxing place...not so. Reno, Nevada is located about 30 miles northeast and is a good connection point if you want to start the route at midpoint. The bridge leads to a very poorly constructed bypass trace. Last time there was concern that the encroaching blackberry vines would close the trail. Adventure Cycling Association inspires, empowers and connects people to travel by bicycle. #60 of 1,206 mountain bike trails in Washington #3,766 in the world. As of Sept 4, 2017 the landslide blocking the trail west of Concrete had still not been cleared. Hood and Mt. The trail ends at Concrete Senior Center (after passing concrete silos and crossing E Avenue). SOMETHING NEW - POT HOLES... Watch out for potholes in the crown of the trail in this section. Do stay out of that vile bypass, if possible. The trail parallels highway 20 for a short distance but soon you are surrounded by farmland with a backdrop of towering foothills. None here. The two detours are easily managed. Fruitdale has a gravel parking lot, a portaloo and a bench. Look east and you see the trail bed is totally overgrown. Try as we might we were unable to find a trailhead with a portapotty in the vicinity of Challenger Crossing. It may well be impassable. Between Concrete and Sedro-Woolley, on this mid-week day I saw 3-4 parties walking on the trail and only one eastbound through-biker with four heavy panniers on his bike. At (0.63) [5] you come past the old cement silos and begin the real trail adventure. @@@ STATS… Minkler Lake Slough to SR 20 Total miles – 8.89, Max speed – 13, Moving average – 7.3, Total ascent – 84’, Max elevation – 121’ @@@ TRAIL SCORE… On the ToolBear Triple Trail Rating Scale: C -/B/B C - = Facilities. To access the western end of the trail, take Interstate 5 to Exit 232/Cook Road. This is a detailed exploration of the entire length of the Cascade Trail from Concrete to Sedro-Woolley. This is a very scenic trail this time of year, and in spite of highway noise, it often feels very rural. Similarly, Angeles Forest Hwy./FR N3 and Angeles Crest Hwy./State Route 2 are also typically closed. The Google Earth pix (2006 ?) As of May 2012, the SKAT Route 8/Route 117 runs five times on weekdays and twice on Saturdays. As far as the old B&W RR mileage signs, I remember seing a 42 at Concrete and a 23 near Fruitdale. The trail does become quite empty towards the last 10 miles, so be prepared for self sufficiency. Hood all the way to Crater Lake National Park. I thought I was going to get some great shots of the wreckage. I could almost imagine being back down south again with the trees overarching the trail. and then a bit deeper of a pool at the end before done. The mostly crushed-stone pathway runs through cultivated fields, open space, scattered woodlands, and river bottoms. For railroad history buffs: at (0.19) next to the Post Office sits an old passenger railroad wagon {N48.53851;W121.75162} [4] which has seen better days, but now the windows are boarded up and the car is left to rot, sitting on a short section of track. You'll need to do some careful planning on section 2 due to three long stretches with very minimal services. Not bad riding. They are often hidden in the grass and range from depressions to straight sided sink holes. However, that is on blacktop. There were two episodes of dogs chasing us as well as the previously mentioned buffalo and elk. Within the first 100 miles you'll begin climbing over the Cascades to the drier side of the mountains. Turn left onto SR 20/SR 9, and follow it 23.9 miles. The trail is currently full width the entire way except for one .25 mile section through the (hike a bike) swamp where it narrows down to singletrack. ". Services are generally good along the Sierra Cascades Route, though there will be a few gaps without bike shops. The frustrating part of the start of my bicycling adventure was trying to find the bus stop where SKAT Route 8/Route 117 stops eastbound, since this bus route does not follow SR20 while in town, but zig-zags through the neighborhood and the map at and in the printed timetable is too coarse to be useful. Soon you are are on a tunnel like (with vegetation) path. Baker Lake Road is the point of access to a very scenic recreational area including lakes for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, climbing, hiking, biking and a hot spring. If you're friendly and ask around, you can often get yourself invited to camp in a yard. The wind didn't start until we finished the ride. Another loop or Figure 8 trip is possible along SR20 but I would not want to ride on SR20 under any circumstances as suggested by other trip reports. THE TRAIL HAS BEEN BRUSHED... Can't answer for the rest of it, but this section between the swamp and Hamilton has been brushed and sprayed. All that was lacking was the Spanish Moss. We rode fat tire bikes and had no difficulty riding the trail surface.We turned around at the bridge over Wiseman Creek,as the trail got a bit rougher and narrower. The bridges are in good shape. When I arrived there were two men tossing horse shoes. This trail is certainly not fast, but it is a very pleasant ride for bikes with wider tires. Post them together and in the correct sequence in which they are numbered. Twice dogs chased me and I barely got away! Because of limestone minerals mined in nearby quarries, this small community in the Skagit Valley became a regional center of cement production. Expect heavy traffic in the parks during the summer tourist season. It is faster on a mountain bike. The sun was out and the trail starts out with a nice gravel foundation. Rode this trail over Memorial Day weekend. (“City” is a bit much for Lyman. I mounted up and tried to ride. How impassable is that swamp in spring? For the rock hounds and geology enthusiasts among us, see and for the history, see If you want to make a loop trip instead of doing the back-and-forth or hitching a ride on the bus for one way, there is a potential of making a 60-mile loop by taking the South Skagit Highway, crossing the river on bridges in Concrete and on SR 9 in Sedro-Woolley. ), 2. For a description of the trail, illustrated with 12 photos, see and download the map at If I had looked at the lower left hand corner of the trail map beforehand, I would have seen that the bus stop of Route 117 is at Wicker and Township, and that would have saved me some frustration in planning for this bike ride. This section intersects the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail in Hood River and the TransAmerica Trail in Sisters, Oregon. Facilities = C It’s not the Row River Trail one state south, or the Centennial Trail one county south. Endless tears. It’s a nice ride with a wetland in the middle of it. We encountered two places without bridges requiring that you detour a short way on the road. What better way to spend a day but on one of our state's fine rail trails. Water ponds, goes over the top, cuts down and down and down. The ride started at the Fruitdale Trailhead in Sedro-Woolley (SR 20 x Fruitdale Rd.) Due to heavy snow, North Cascades Highway/State Route 20 in North Cascades National Park is usually closed mid-November to mid-April, though the park remains open with limited access. You cross the creek on SR 20 to the parking lot for the Baker Lake Rd. Coming back, I was marking waypoints in the GPS at every bridge and making verbal notes in a digital voice recorder. A great stop for a food break is birdsview burgers. ToolBear, The Cascade Trail: Concrete to the Baker Lake Rd. B = Trailbed. His average is usually 7-8 mph. I sat down at the trail head, downloaded the digital notes into the field log and counted them up. Stop, mark, record, ride. Being on the cutting side is never a good idea. There is a highway sign posted there – Water Over Roadway. Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. These are at the apex of the crown. Ride on! The trail is on the wrong (cutting) side of the river, so expect this portion to vanish sooner rather than later. Remember that the megalopolis of Los Angeles and its surrounding cities isn't too far to the west so expect higher levels of traffic near them, especially on weekends. Gear up, put the bike together, install the earbuds, crank up the music and head west. This was passable on a narrow bit of trail at the inside. Perfect end to the day! 72 degrees, sunny. Ride down towards Hamilton. lots of horse pucks in the middle of the trail. The blackberry vines are a real maintenance issue. This was an interesting ride. It is a primitive trail out here in the back end of Skagit County. On section 3 and at the beginning of section 4 the route stays on the eastern side of the Cascade Range but still expect rolling terrain. The next on the destination list is the Bellingham Interurban, one county north. Gravel trails were in good shape. Not a problem. This 22.5-mile rail trail follows the abandoned Burlington Northern grade connecting the towns of Sedro Woolley and Concrete, and can be accessed … We encountered quite a few loose and aggressive dogs along the trail. I rode a hybrid bike, and had little difficulty with the trail surface. Turn right to the trailhead; there is easy trail access for horse trailers here. 16 Trip Reports for this trail, below. Several parks are accessible from the Pathways, including Cascade Township Recreation Park, Leslie Tassell Park, Thornapple Valley Lions Park, and Ada Township Park. Explorers continue through the mountain pass into dark tunnels and over high trestles, until the landscape gives way to the amber-hued farmlands of eastern Washington. For the next 3 miles one is tempted to trade the gravel trail for smooth asphalt pavement and use Lyman-Hamilton Road which parallels the trail to the "city" of Lyman. and it doesn’t look that interesting. Some bits of blowout repair get a D. The bridges are in good shape. (There is a reason ToolBear has fenders on his mountain bike. The center was closed on Sunday, so there went the restrooms and water. (GPS: N48 32.483 W121 50.300). A brush fire burned an area just west of Baker Lake road. Parking is also available in Lyman and by Challenger Road, which parallels SR 20 for 2 miles in Concrete. After you've passed mile 14 and Lusk Road, consider heading south approximately 1 mile to the 169-acre Rasar State Park, a beautiful location for fishing, camping, and eagle spotting. Three landslides, two washouts – one about 95% of the trail bed – assorted blow down, horse apple land mines, blackberry creepers creeping across the trail. When it goes, backtrack to Challenger Rd. On section 3, after leaving the spectacular scenery of Crater Lake, the route continues south to Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Der Bear got da picture. You'll find restrooms and water here. As you enter Hamilton there is a big plant on the left which produces some kind of a brick product. @@@ DO IT AGAIN??? Check opening/closing dates of roads over the passes if you plan on beginning your trip early or later in spring or fall. Rim Dr. in Crater Lake National Park is generally closed in early October til mid-June. There we met a county ranger who told us that the trail does continue where we turned back--we just gave up too early. No pain, period. To reach the midpoint Birdsview trailhead from Cook Road, follow SR 20 for 17.3 miles, and turn left onto Baker Lake Road. Now the TrailBear is mounted on a touring trike that likes a better trail than a flooded section. If there was a creek bed, it is now filled with gravel. It is coming down a section of puncheon tread, then spilling onto the trail and quickly draining off. The trail needs to maintained. Since most of this route traverses recreation areas, whether they are national or state parks, national monuments, or U.S. Forest Service lands, you will need to plan ahead for your overnights. (Yes, that’s five bridges – plus a pair toward Minkler Lake.) You'll have to ride on the shoulders of I-5 for 8.4 miles, again due to the fact that there are no other roads to use. All day I had to struggle against a stiff west wind, which was worse than riding uphill. Very uncomfortable ride on a trail bike. You'll bike through the remains of volcanic history in Lassen Volcanic National Park and end near the California/Nevada state line in Truckee. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. It has the first porta loo since Concrete and rather ad-hoc parking. The spare tube, inflators, tools, emergency gear, spare water and such go in another Topeak bag on their luggage rack attached to the seat tube. Supposedly, as described in Trail Bears earlier trip report, there is a city park in Lyman with facilities, but it is not evident from the trail where one has to leave the trail to visit this park (there are no signs along the trail). Lake Isabella, the endpoint for section 4, is located northeast of Bakersfield. There's a 66.2-mile stretch of riding U.S. 395, a major thoroughfare on the eastern side of the range. However, it was at low speed and Der Bear was off that bike in a flash, so no Endo. There are technically three national parks on this section, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia, but the last two are administered together. This appears to be the drainage of the Powell or Wiseman Creek. ... We are the area's premier mountain bike trail builders. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! 25 is passable only during months when it's not snowing. What a change from those namby-pamby blacktop trails. The barricades could be unlocked and opened just a little more so a cyclist could ride through, while still blocking road traffic. Rainier NP, WA (442.1 mi. Apparently, you can ride up Challenger Rd and get back on the trail. That or Skagit County, which cannot afford to remove the blackberries crossing the trail, dumped a foot of gravel down hundreds of feet of the trail bed. Try it when the rains come and the swamp floods. The shady sections are wide open. Trailhead “It’s not a trail – it’s an adventure! Next time we will start in Concrete and ride west. You can check road opening dates on the California Department of Transportation's website listed on the map. Plan to do the upper half from Lyman to concrete later this fall. Tioga Pass, at 9,945 feet, is the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park and is the highest pass along the route. Horse excrement and exhaust and dust from the dirt bikes was really unappealing. The maps list churches that have opened their doors to cyclists, but they aren't all that closely spaced. Click on the links below for more information: Cascade Trail, Sedro-Woolley to Concrete Kulshan Creek Trail, Mount Vernon Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes. We saw one small coyote, a herd of buffalo, and a herd of elk. At (18.17) {N48.52242;W122.12596} [18] a section of the trail that once was a puncheon boardwalk is flooded by 1-2 inches of water because a creek (Powell or Wiseman Creek?) There are spots where blowouts from the floods have been repaired with large rock. Most of it has been provided out-of-pocket by the volunteers. Aside from the damaged areas, the majority of the trail bed is in good shape. Same thing, again. Only went from Sedro-Woolley to Lyman. Turn left (north) into town on Douglas Vose III Way, and immediately turn right onto Railroad Avenue to the Concrete Senior Center. The whole trail needs a brushing with chain flails. For up-to-date SKAT information, please note that the URL once listed on the RTC web site was incorrect. We did see one guy on a road bike, but I would imagine he had a bit of a challenge in places. In addition to the easyCLIMB, the Port of Cascade Locks is exploring the possibility of a mountain bike trail system just outside of the city: the Cascade Locks International Mountain Bike Trail (CLIMB).A feasibility study and conceptual plan have been completed, but the completion of this exciting trail … Not hardly. Take a week off and explore it if you have the time. It really works well. The trails signs were right. This sector - not anytime soon. I have seen others complain about dogs here in the reviews - have not once been chased or otherwise bothered by a dog. There are links between the trail and the road in various places. Easy grades on old railway. The bypass runs for about 500’, and then dumps you back onto the rail road bed. Trail TV Hits the Heartland: Kansas City By Scott Cotter November 15, 2016 Almost smack dab in the middle of the country, a dedicated group of mountain bikers have been keeping a … Skagit County Parks and Recreation Department. trailhead and then up to the trail head itself. We know TB is slow, but this slow? The railroad once continued further east to Rockport, but the condition of that RR grade is unkown. The Sierra Cascades route lets you warm up slightly before the first major climb to Rainy Pass at 4,855 feet. The loosest part, curiously, is right in Concrete. Rode in summer of 2013. Watch out for blackberry vines on trail. at Coffman Ln. It is far more comfortable on a trike. He needs one on his water bottle.) We just rode the entire trail from Concrete to Sedro Woolley (after riding the S.Skagit Hwy from Sedro Woolley to Concrete) and the trail was fabulous. There is an undeveloped section of the old RR grade continuing west into town, but it is not yet rideable. You can't go over ,under or around the tree. Got there and the slough was bare. Press on across the flats to the Grandy Creek detour. Wonder how that will work. Can we hope for a water point and parking? There are also plenty of scenic byways on the route beginning with the Angeles Crest, then the Rim of the World and finally the Sunrise Scenic Byway. Numerous horse apple landmines add an element of adventure and encourage picking a good line to avoid flying poop. 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