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XWA Grand Depart 2020–Rescheduled

September 13 - September 19

A Scenic Adventure for the Mind, Body, and Soul

The Cross-Washington Mountain Bike Route is a public route that can be ridden at any time from spring to late fall. However, for those looking to ride with others, there will be an annual grand depart from First Beach in La Push, WA on the third Sunday in May.

While the grand depart is a group start, it is not a group ride. Every rider is responsible for their own route finding, safety and schedule. There is absolutely, positively, no support provided.

Self-supported bikepacking is a serious endeavor not to be taken lightly. It is a true adventure which means it can be dangerous, hard, exhausting, confusing, scary, fun, miserable, painful, rewarding and basically a complete sufferfest. Please know your abilities, strengths and weakness and prepare yourself, bike and kit accordingly.

Grand Depart:
Start Date: The third Sunday in May (rescheduled to September 13 for 2020)
Start Time: 7:00 AM
​Start Location: La Push, WA on First Beach
​Finish Location: Tekoa, WA

Because this is an unofficial event, registration is not required. There are no registration fees or caps on rider counts. However, if you want to receive updated route info, news about the grand depart, rider meetups, etc. then registration is highly recommended.​

The Cross-Washington mountain bike route is a 700 mile, mostly off-road route from the Pacific Ocean to the Washington/Idaho border. The route features a mixture of singletrack, dirt roads, and a bit of pavement as it crosses the Evergreen State.

Distance: ​700 Miles
​Climbing: 50,000 Feet
​Season: Late Spring/Fall
​Riding: ​Singletrack, dirt roads, rail trails, and pavement
Fastest Known Times:
Valerie Kato – 5:04:50 (2019)
Josh Kato – 3:13:27 (2019)
Josh & Valerie Kato – 4:14:03 (2018)
​Touring Time: ​10+ days
​Start: ​La Push, WA


September 13
September 19
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La Push, WA United States + Google Map

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