Eastern Washington Tour
4 Day Tour
Meet Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., ride Friday, June 2-5, 2017
Total cost: $490
Non-refundable deposit: $150 ($25 member discount on this price)
Single supplement: $265 (paid at registration)
Final payment of $340 due by: Monday, May 1, 2017
Rider limit: 35
Tour leaders: Albert Meerscheidt ([email protected])
The four-day Eastern Washington Tour is a 300-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
This tour provides the STANDARD Level of support as described on the Club Tours FAQ page.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
This tour is rated Brisk/Moderate. It has a 76-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 Speigle Canyon climb 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 (Saturday through Tuesday).
Late May/ early June can be unpredictable in Eastern Washington. Days are likely to 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.
Lodging is basic but clean and comfortable.
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 more/less.
We meet the first night and get to know each other during a brief informational meeting.
Chelan to Omak, 83 miles – approximately 5000’
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.
Omak to Republic, 64 miles– approximately 4600’
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.
Republic to Coulee Dam, 86 miles – approximately 3800’
This day starts with a lovely descent down the Sanpoil River Valley, through ranches, forest lands, and the Colville Indian Reservation. The scenery changes to pines and drier climate as we wind our way down along the Columbia River. We'll cross the Columbia River by ferry and climb to the plateau to the town of Coulee Dam where we will spend the night.
Coulee Dam to Chelan - 72 miles – approximately 4300’
After a long 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 take home fun memories and the feeling of having left the workaday world behind for a few days.