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    Long trip through CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, and then back home...

    So, this is the loose route....,9.84375&z=7

    I want to pass through the North Cascade National Park...but google won't let me route through it.

    Planning on bringing the mountain/road bike and my 13' flatwater kayak. Going to be car/tent camping and maybe use at some points.

    It kind of sucks because a lot of these national parks don't seem to allow mountain biking. How do I go about finding the best trails? Any books?

    I've never done a trip like this before...any tips?

    Where should I go? I don't have a 4x4...just a focus wagon so I am rather limited there.

    I was thinking on about 1.5 - 2 months for the trip.

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    I did something similar about 10 years ago. Generally, I stopped in bike shops and asked for suggestions. There were usually books or trail maps to buy as well.

    How about posting on some of the regional forums? I bet they could help.

    Mountain Bike Bill has a good database of trail reviews...

    I lived in Washington a number of years, there are guidebooks called "Kissing the Trail". I think they are for both Oregon and Washington. Check

    In Washington, if you do go through the North Cascades, check out Anacortes and Bellingham on the west side, and Mazama/Winthrop on the east. Oodles of awesome trails.

    "The" trail to do in Washington is called Mission Ridge coupled with Devil's Gulch. It is near Leavenworth. Ride up Devil's Gulch and down Mission Ridge. Be ready for big time stream crossings.

    The San Juan Islands in Washington are a great place to kayak. The ferry is in Anacortes.

    Enjoy your trip.


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    I lived right outside of Portland for a couple of years. There's a great mtn bike community in Oregon - if you can narrow down your dates post to the Oregon forum of MTBR. I'm sure someone will offer to show you the goods.

    Kissing the trail is a great recommendation. So is Mt Biking Oregon.

    Here's some suggested rides:

    Plains of Abraham (Mt St Helens, WA) Really cool trail that starts in forest and then over the 'Plains' from when the volcano erupted. The descent is often described as 'surfing the pumice'...very cool riding experience.
    Alpine Trail (Oakridge, OR) The descent has the best 'flow' of any trail I have ever done. (Have lived in Utah, Washington and Colorado for reference). Can be ridden as a loop or shuttle.
    Waldo Lake (Oakridge, OR) Beautiful lake, awesome ride and great lake to kayak.
    Surveyor's Ridge (Hood River, OR) Great views of Mt Hood, Columbia River. Can be combined with many other trails.

    Phils Trail (Bend Oregon) Tons of pretty easy trails with awesome flow. Think 29" singlespeed kinda terrain.
    North Fork->Metolius/Windigo->Flagline->South Fork (Bend, OR) Just awesome. Great views of the falls, screaming descent...what more could you ask for.

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    Adjust your route

    Hey Wankel
    I did a similar trip last Sept; spent a month in a poop-up. Had a wife, newborn, and 6.6 with me. Your route should remain very loose, as you are missing some absolutely EPIC mountain biking areas. Two spots in particular that shouldn't be missed....
    I skirted southern BC through the towns of Rossland and Nelson (about 40 miles N of Idaho panhandle). These towns are absolute mountain biking meccas. I was fortunate enough to do 7 summits trail in Rossland. Seven Summits took me about about 6 hours including pictures (unbelievable views) / bike issues. I saw a pair of hikers near the TH, thats it. I also did a few shuddle runs in Nelson (Nelson is an unflippin real DH playground). Oasis Drop is one that is very easy logistically and not too tech, but VERY fun.

    A couple O pix from 7 summits trail:

    A pic from Oasis drop:

    Another area you should hit is near Stanley, Idaho. Check this MTBR thread (and the forum) for more info. Also, this map helped A LOT. Big Casino/Little Casino loop is a SUH-WEEEEET ride, and make sure you get to look out over Ant's Basin (forgot the name of that trail, but dam I felt small standing there).
    From Stanley area:

    Ants Basin:

    I ended the trip by meeting some friends in Crusty Butt for the fall folliage riding at the end of Sept. You have a lot of time, take it.
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    Nice! Thanks for all the advice in the thread! It is going to be fun to plan the route to include all the good stuff.

    I will have to keep the route loose. I know meet people and get recommendations as I go.

    Thanks for that great write up and pictures! Looks like you had some great traveling partners! I love the popup! Looks more comfortable than my Focus Wagon.

    I was wondering about passing through Canada since it was so so close. I will have to add a few of the chain links to my repair parts list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wankel7
    I was wondering about passing through Canada since it was so so close.
    Dont just wonder, GO THERE! I wish I had more time to go farther north. There is a wealth of trails up there.

    This is a link to a mountain bike guide to the Kootenay Rockies... Its 44 pages. Print it off and take it with you. If I had to do it again, I would have spent more time north of the border.

    Unforetunately, I missed Revelstoke. Keystone-Standard Basin was a ride I REALLY wanted to do. Also, Idaho Peak/Wakefield in New Denver was another I missed....

    Also, search the Western Canada forum.

    And this guys website was a great help...

    a few pix of Keystone Standard Basin from his website....


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