Eastern Washington 4-day Tour
Meet Thursday, May 29; Ride May 30 - June 2
Non-refundable deposit: $107
Total cost: $430
Single supplement: $255
Rider limit: 35
Tour leader: Albert Meerscheidt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Final Payment Due Date – Thursday, Feb 27, 2014
The four-day Eastern Washington Tour is a 287-mile loop, starting and ending in beautiful Chelan in Eastern Washington. This tour has it all - beautiful quiet roads, lush valleys, and challenging climbs up several mountain passes.
What to expect
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
This tour is rated Brisk/Moderate. It has a 72-mile daily average and significant climbing every day. You should be comfortable riding four days in a row at a high moderate or brisk pace. We climb Loup Loup and Waconda Passes as well Cache Creek Hill and a long hill out of Grand Coulee Dam. Please note there is no “rest day” on this tour – we will be riding four days straight (Friday thru Monday).
Late May/ early June can be unpredictable in Eastern Washington. Days are likely be warm and dry (even hot!), but you should also be prepared for both rain and cold temperatures as this tour goes through stretches at high elevation and over two high mountain passes.
This tour will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks on riding days. Dinners are on your own.
Quality of lodging varies from basic to quite nice.
Go Green! We encourage carpooling. The start point for this tour is approximately 175 miles from Seattle.
Elevations are based on RidewithGPS. True elevation gains may be less.
Thursday, May 29
We meet the first night and get to know each other during a brief informational meeting.
Friday, May 30
Chelan to Omak, 83 miles – approximately 5500’
We start off riding along the scenic Columbia River. From there we wind our way gently up the beautiful Methow Valley to the base of Loup Loup Pass. Climbing the western slope through farmland and pine forests, we get up to 4,000’ and enjoy a beautiful descent down to Okanogan and then into Omak where we will spend the night.
Saturday, May 31
Omak to Republic, 64 miles– approximately 4200’
We follow the Okanogan River up to Tonasket, then climb little known Wauconda Pass up to 4300 feet. The climb up Wauconda is gradual, through pines and open meadows. We end our day in the tiny town of Republic, an old mining town, where we’ll stay for the night.
Sunday, June 1
Republic to Coulee Dam, 68 miles – approximately 3800’
This day starts with a lovely descent down the Sanpoil River Valley, through ranches, forest lands, and the Colville Indian Reservation. After approximately 30 miles, we start one of our steepest but shortest climbs - up Cache Creek Road. This road climbs through pine forests to an elevation of 3,300 feet, meanders across a plateau for a few miles, then descends down to the Columbia River, affording panoramic views of the valley north of the Coulee Dam. The descent brings us shortly into the town of Coulee Dam where we will stay at one of our favorite motels right at the foot of the dam.
Monday, June 2
Coulee Dam to Chelan - 72 miles – approximately 3500’
After a steep climb out of Coulee Dam to a viewpoint above the dam we cross the high plateau where ranchlands can be seen extending for miles in all directions to the small town of Mansfield for lunch. We drop back down on McNeil Canyon Road where we can look down on Lake Chelan and the Columbia River before crossing it. We end the tour with one final climb back to Chelan. Here we’ll say goodbye and each take home fun memories and the feeling of having left the workaday world behind for a few days.