Eastern Washington Tour
4 Day Tour
Meet Thursday, May 30, 7:30 p.m., ride Friday, May 31 - June 3, 2019
Total cost: $525
Non-refundable deposit: $130
Single supplement: $265 (paid at registration)
Final payment of $395 due by: Friday, March 29, 2019
Rider limit: 24
Tour leader: David Mattson
The four-day Eastern Washington Tour is a 280-mile loop, starting and ending in beautiful Chelan with overnights in Omak, Republic, and Grand Coulee. This tour has it all - quiet roads, lush valleys, and challenging climbs, miles and miles of beautiful scenery, and the camaraderie of your fellow riders.
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 70-mile daily average and significant climbing every day. There is no rest day on this tour; we will be riding four consecutive days. You should be comfortable riding four days in a row at a high moderate or brisk pace.
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.
This tour will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks on riding days. Dinners are on your own.
Four nights lodging is included. 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. Please note the itinerary below may change. In particular, each day has route options, the specific route chosen may depend on road conditions at the time of the tour.
Thursday, May 30
We meet the first night and get to know each other during a brief informational meeting.
Friday, May 31
Chelan to Omak, 75 miles – approximately 3000’
We start off riding along the scenic Columbia River, passing through Pateros and Brewster. And then along the Okanogan Rivert to our lunch stop in Malott. After lunch we climb up to Spring Coulee and enjoy a beautiful descent down along Salmon Creek into Okanogan and then climb up onto the Bide-A-Wee flat before dropping down into Omak where we spend the night.
Saturday, June 1
Omak to Republic, 66 miles– approximately 4700’
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 2
Republic to Grand Coulee, 70 miles – approximately 3300’
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, and then descends down to the Columbia River, affording panoramic views of the valley north of the Coulee Dam. The descent brings us into the town of Grand Coulee where we will stay for the night, after one last climb up to the motel.
Monday, June 3
Grand Coulee to Chelan - 69 miles – approximately 3900’
After a long climb out of Grand Coulee to a viewpoint above the dam, we cross the high plateau where ranch lands 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 good bye and take home fun memories and the feeling of having left the workaday world behind for a few days.