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Mt. Rainier Nation Forest Road

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 40 miles / 64.4 km
  • Ride Time: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $3.04
  • State: Washington
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This is by far one of the best roads in the state of Washington that I've ridden. It's quite the journey down from Seattle so I would recommend loading your bike into a truck if you have a super sport or anything that's not that comfortable for long rides. You want to make sure you're well and rested for this road. You start out in the small town of Ashford. You can get some burgers or pizza to eat at the grill there. The first half of the way up the mountain is sweeping turns along the river and through thick forest with a few 15 or 20 mph turns to keep you on your toes. The 2nd half up the mountain is tight turns with elevation change throughout. Make sure to ride on a clear day, otherwise the upper half of the mountain will be in the clouds and difficult to see past 30-50 ft ahead of you. At the top you can stop at Paradise and enjoy the really great views and the rest stop. Note that on the way down from Paradise it turns into a one way road with parking along the side. At the end of this one way road make the left at the first stop sign to continue heading east. The way down quickly turns into a different ride. Long sweeping fast turns along the side of the mountain with great views. A few times you'll switchback with 20 mph turns towards the top. There are multiple stops for views of Mt. Rainier along the way. A few great sounding tunnels are thrown in for good measure. Be careful in the 20 mph switchbacks as there are dips in the middle of the turns and also the road gets a little rough on the bottom half of this decent. You can stop at the ranger station at the bottom where it meets up with route 123 to rest before heading up again back to Ashford. I would recommend ridding this road both ways as had quite a different feel each way. It's $5 per bike to get in the park and make sure to keep your receipt so you can show it to the ranger on the other side. This ride is almost non stop curves with great altitude changes and amazing views. It put a smile on my face to see 20 or 25 mph signs for windy roads next 1,2,5 miles multiple times. Fortunately there are more than enough breaks along the way to pass slow cars and keep the fun going.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Washington. This motorcycle route has 5 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by deusotdeus in August. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by deusotdeus

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thatdude says:

sounds like a great ride. thats some good description but how about some pics man
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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