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The Velos, Vistas & Vines Tour will feature mountain climbs with stunning vistas, river gorges, and wonderfully quiet roads through hop fields and vineyards. We will begin our tour at the Columbia River and explore new routes from the gorge to the Yakima Valley. RAW 2019 will offer five days of great riding and a rest day in Goldendale with optional long and short loop rides.
Ride With GPS route here with elevation profiles, mileage and more.
Pre-ride: Saturday, August 3
RAW 2019 begins with an overnight in Stevenson on Saturday, August 3, prior to the first day of riding. The optional bus transport from Seattle to Stevenson departs Saturday noon. We will arrive at the fairgrounds in time to check in, put up tents, head out for dinner and explore the town.
Day 1: Sunday, August 4
Stevenson to Trout Lake | 48 miles | 3,750 feet of climbing
This is a great first day of riding with low mileage but a good amount of elevation gain for those eager to stretch their legs. Leaving camp, we’ll begin pedaling along the Columbia River before turning north at Cook and heading inland to enjoy a change in scenery as we climb ever upward into the trees. Our morning rest stop, at the top of the climb, offers great views of the Little White Salmon River. What goes up must come down and after our descent we’ll cross the river at the Willard National Fish Hatchery and continue through the uplands, taking in views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and the surrounding hills. We’ll also pass by the first of the fruit orchards, vineyards and wineries which provide the theme for this tour. We’ll return to the Columbia at Underwood and cross the White Salmon River before climbing again to lunch in Husum. After lunch, we continue a gentle climb to camp at Trout Lake.
Day 2: Monday, August 5
Mt. Adams loop ride | 50 plus miles | 3,670 feet of climbing
The opportunity to ride close to Mt. Adams is one you don’t want to miss! This is your chance to ride through Washington wilderness and Cascade forests along lightly traveled roads that criss-cross the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way, you’ll experience great views of a potentially active stratovolcano and the second highest peak in Washington state. Our morning food stop will be at Big Spring Creek but we’ll be back in camp in time for lunch! After a spectacular day of riding, you’ll have time to relax, check out the general store and bakery in town, and not have to set up your tent!
Day 3: Tuesday, August 6
Trout Lake to Goldendale | 52 miles | 2,640 feet of climbing
For those of you on RAW 2008, today’s scenic route may be familiar. We’ll head east from Trout Lake and after a brief warm up, it will be time for a bit of climbing. Not a steep climb, but a long, leisurely climb that reminds you why you trained for this ride. Once at the top, we’ll enjoy several flat miles in the scenic Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, followed by a rewarding and picturesque downhill along the Klickitat River. We’ll cross the river at the bottom of the hill and then start up again on the other side. Oh yes! The lunch stop will give us a chance to get off the road and enjoy some amazing views of the river and the surrounding valley. After lunch we’ll climb out of the trees to more open, drier habitat before riding a series of rollers into our next camp in Goldendale.
Day 4: Wednesday, August 7
Rest Day or Optional Loops | 24 or 68 miles | 799 or 3,354 feet of climbing
Another opportunity to sleep a bit later and not have to break camp! For those wanting a rest day, this is it. For those who like to keep moving, we’re offering a choice-- a short day with minimal climbing or, for more ambitious riders, a longer route with some serious elevation gain. Both routes initially head south along US Hwy 97 for about a mile with a view of four mountains and the Columbia River valley before turning west towards Centerville, where the routes separate. The shorter route turns north and continues across the prairie before heading east back to Goldendale. The longer route continues west towards Lyle along the Columbia River. This is a beautiful stretch of barely-traveled road. Note the vegetation change as you quickly descend west and then south to lunch at the Lyle Activity Center. Once refueled, we’ll initially follow the Klickitat River north and east as it gently climbs before we turn away from the River for a final ascent to the Goldendale plateau. Here we’ll get to reprise yesterday’s rollers back to camp where our tents await us.
Day 5: Thursday, August 8
Goldendale to Sunnyside | 72 miles | 3,768 feet of climbing
Today we’ll increase our mileage on lightly traveled roads. We’ll begin- with gentle rollers east out of Goldendale and then continue downhill to our morning food stop at Rock Creek. But wait! Didn’t some cyclist say, “What goes down must go up”? After refueling, we’ll tackle a two-mile scenic climb out of the valley followed by a gentle uphill into Bickleton, with sweeping views of open country and towering windmills like sentinels on the horizon. After lunch in Bickleton, we’ll enjoy the fruits of our efforts as we coast downhill and then pedal the flats the remainder of the way into our camp in Sunnyside.
Day 6: Friday, August 9
Sunnyside to Yakima | 45 miles | 1,700 feet of climbing
It’s our last day of riding but what an amazing day it’s going to be! This may be as close as you will ever get to Jurassic Park! Or Godzilla! What about the Church of God Zillah? And the famous Teapot Dome Gas Station?-! These attractions are not to be missed! Once through Zillah we’ll head for the hills and cross Konnowac Pass, the lowest mountain pass in WA state, as we ride by a number of vineyards and wineries for which this region is famous. If it seems too early for wine tasting prior to crossing the pass, we’ll celebrate in Sportsman State Park where food and music await you until the buses are ready to depart.