Ride the Willapa 2020
Sat. Jun 20, 2020 7:00am to Sun. Jun 21, 2020 4:00pm
Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating five years of Ride the Willapa, coming June 20-21, 2020 to the Willapa Hills Trail!
Providing a beautiful break from city life, Ride the Willapa brings people of all ages and abilities to the verdant Chehalis River Valley for a leisurely-paced bike ride on Washington state's newest rails-to-trails corridor.
This year's route is an out-and-back ride beginning west of Chehalis, heading west to the Pluvius Hills in Pacific County, and returning back to the start point. Overnight camping will be available at both Rainbow Falls State Park and the beautiful Willapa Hills Farm. Ride the Willapa is a supported ride, with friendly volunteers at aid stations providing water and refreshments every five miles or so.
We welcome all riders of all ages and all abilities! RTW is for kids, adults, novice riders, gravel grinders, and everyone in between. Most families with young kids opt to do the 15 miles to Rainbow Falls, camp out overnight and return the next day. More experienced cyclists will want to go further and explore more of the trail, and checkpoints will also be placed further along as well. It's really all about how much you want to do and what all you want to see!
The popular Tour de Farms is also back this year, giving you an opportunity to not just enjoy the beauty of the trail and adjacent scenery, but also to meet our local farmers, learn about what they do, buy some delicious organic food, and enjoy some music!
Make a weekend of this excursion and enjoy overnight camping. Drop your gear off at the start point, ride all day and head to your campsite -- we'll haul your stuff while you enjoy the excursion! Or finish in one day and enjoy some of the arts scene, food and more in the Chehalis and Centralia area.
And we welcome self-contained bikepackers again this year! We have 24 spots available for those wanting to haul their own gear, tour the countryside, and camp overnight at the 31-mile mark.
You'll want a bike with 700x28c or wider tires...basically anything with thicker tires than a road bike will do alright. To do the entire metric century, we recommend mountain bikes -- hardtails are okay, but you'll have an easier go of it with a suspension.
Our 2019 event was our biggest yet, and it brought people from across the Pacific Northwest to see and explore the beauty of the Willapa Hills Trail, which once served as a lumber and passenger railroad in the 19th and 20th centuries!
Camping options are as follows...
Rainbow Falls Campout: Rainbow Falls State Park will be our flagship campout spot for the third year running! Located 15 miles from Chehalis just off the Willapa Hills Trail, there's room for 250 campers with tents as part of our event permit. Amenities include river access, playground, restrooms, showers (with tokens available for purchase), a Group Camp area, and much more.
Willapa Hills Farm Campout: We're joining forces again with Willapa Hills Farm in Doty, just three miles from Pe Ell, to host a campout with space for 200 people. Enjoy camping under the stars on this working farm that is also home to Willapa Hills Cheese. Amenities include river access, the Tour de Farms Market, family activities and more!
Registration for the ride opens in January. For more information, please visit our website at ridethewillapa.com.