Backcountry travel

Larch Season Hike: Maple Pass Loop

Among the most popular fall hikes in the Cascades are those with abundant larch trees. The Maple Pass Loop near Rainy Pass on Highway 20 (aka “The North Cascades Highway”) offers a great mix of larches, views, meadows, and lakes. Larches are an unusual “deciduous conifer” whose needles change a …

"We just climbed that." The incredible view from near the top of the eastern Washington Pass climb
Climbs

Cycling the North Cascades Highway

By this time of year, I’ve usually cycled the North Cascades Hwy (WA State Hwy 20) out-and-back to Mazama at least twice. Unfortunately asthma has delayed my usual hit list of ambitious summertime rides. It’s usually too hot in July to do a long ride with minimal water and shade, …

Humpback Creek near the start of the Annette Lake trail.
Destinations

Annette Lake Trail

Sad to say, as far as area hikes go, I tend to replay my “greatest hits” list over and over. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1994 and only just got around to the Annette Lake Trail last weekend. Last Saturday I volunteered to help at the mile 10.4 …

Cycling

The Double Grind | Trombley Begins

In this episode of The Double Grind Michael and Craig chat with Seattle-area gravel veteran Robert Trombley about Dirty Kanza, gravel and endurance rides, and gear. Other discussion topics include: condom colored chain wax, comebacks, what we rode, what we gonna ride, and Chef Craig tolerates the Oddly Incompetent Middle-Aged …

The home stretch: The descent from the north side of Navarre Coulee Rd to Lake Chelan.
Climbs

Chelan Century Challenge 2018

The Chelan Century Challenge is one of the best event rides in Washington state: –the Chelan Rotary does a great job hosting and supporting the ride –the scenery is (mostly) spectacular –the course is challenging –Fresh cherries —Abundant wineries Check out the posts about it from 2011 and 2014. This …

The Eastside Rail Corridor Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail have small-grained firmly packed gravel that is suitable for standard road bike tires.
Adult beverages

Three Views of King County

I’ve never been a fan of the area’s multi-use trails. My disdain is mainly the result of undesirable experiences on the Burke Gilman Trail between the University of Washington and Log Boom Park. But, the recent opening of a section of the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail between I-90 and Gene …

Adventure rides

Adventure Cycling in the Snoqualmie Forest

Although there has been niche interest in gravel cycling in the Northwest since the mid-2000s, the subdiscipline is experiencing a boom in interest as riders look for car-free alternatives that emphasize fun with friends over Strava KOMs. The Snoqualmie Forest (aka (“Campbell Global”), near Fall City and Carnation, is among …

Adult beverages

Destination: Mt. Bachelor Ski Area

Located about 20 miles west of Bend and Sunriver, Mt. Bachelor is THE place in Oregon for serious skiers and boarders. Mt. Bachelor is a volcano that lies at the northern end of the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Chain. It gets its name because it “stands apart” from the “Three Sisters” …

Destinations

Ellen Lavoie OKTs the JWT

Ellen Lavoie has always been a “body in motion.” Growing up in rural New England she loved to play in the woods. She has also always been a free spirit who found it hard to stick with things. As a kid she tried team sports, but they never felt right. …

Adult beverages

Destination: Walla Walla

Walla Walla is highly regarded for its sweet onions, wine and food, and for being a top-tier cycling destination. Although I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1994, I’m embarrassed to admit I rarely venture east of the Cascade Crest. Given the great cycling in the places I’ve lived during …