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    Going to ride the JWT in two weeks east to west. Wondering something:

    Is the stretch from Ellensburg to Cle Elum pretty rough (comparatively)? We are debating on whether to start in the Burg or Cle Elum.

    Thanks in advance!

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    The section between Thorp and SCE in the canyon is really nice, so I'd try to include that if you've got the time. The stuff between Eburg and Thorp varies between kinda cool in the slough areas to "meh" chugging through farm fields.

    Gravel is a little deep on all of this but it's not rough per se.
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    My son tells me its pretty smooth from SCE west. He did it on his touring bike a few weeks ago. I've ridden the Thorp/Canyon section several times on my 'cross bike and always ended up wishing I'd ridden my HT instead. Verslow is right though, it has some of the coolest scenery on the trail.

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    My wife and I went in search of some sun today and rode the section between Cle Elum and Thorp (found a few showers but also plenty of sun). I'd start in Ellensburg...the upper canyon section is a nice ride - fall colors are coming out! Tunnels are open too (bring a light for the 2nd one). The trail can be a bit loose in places, but overall it's not bad.

    [On Edit: Another option is to split the difference and start at the Thorp trailhead. You miss the loose "meh" stuff coming out of Ellensburg and you get into the Canyon pretty quickly. Once you are out of the Canyon, the trail parallels lower Peoh Point Rd. and it's another "meh" section for a few miles. An option to save time is to hop over onto the road and ride that to the SCE trailhead]




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    Thanks for all the input. Looks like Thorpe is the way to go.

    Any thoughts on East to West vs West to East? Is wind the only real factor?

    I guess elevation is too. 1,900ft for Cle Elum, 450ft for North Bend.

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    Personally, I would ride West to East.

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    @woodway...why west to east?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbwen View Post
    @woodway...why west to east?
    Prevailing wind is typically at your back in this direction.

    The climb from Rattlesnake Lake to the top of the pass is not especially scenic IMO (except for some of the bridge crossings) so you may as well get it out of the way early. I really like the ride down from the top of the pass to SCE, I think it's a nicer ride in that direction. Also I prefer to ride SCE to Thorp not the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Prevailing wind is typically at your back in this direction...
    He speaks truth. All the trees and bushes on my property lean strongly downriver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Prevailing wind is typically at your back in this direction.
    Some friends and I just completed a west-east crossing from Rattlesnake Lake to Tekoa. We had tailwinds coming down from the Pass, and across eastern Washington. Would have been a tough slog going the other way.

    +1 on the section between S Cle Elum and Thorp. Incredible scenery and wildlife along the river.

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    thanks @sproqitman

    We are starting to rethink our East to West direction of travel

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    @verslowrdr - can you give specific directions for the Thorp take out? so we know where to park our second vehicle. we are riding west to east. is it pretty obvious?

    Edit: Nevermind. I should have done the Google first.

    From Thorp:
    Leave I-90 at exit #101, turn north on Thorp Hwy, 1/2 mile turn left on Thorp Depot Road and 1/4 mile to parking area.

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    Yup that's it.
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    John Wayne Trail

    Cross bike or mt bike? Which would you ride?

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    Mountain bike- wider tires for the gravel.
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    Mountain for sure.

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    Thanks for all of the advice. VERY glad I had the mountain bike. We had a great ride today, left Rattlesnake Lake to a bit of rain but things warmed up nicely as we headed down toward Easton. The tunnel at the summit was spectacular and the road bed inside it was almost like pavement. Having ridden the Trail of the Hiawatha recently I'd say the tunnels on this route were in much better shape. The last stretch to Thorp was the prettiest and had the worst section of trail but you could still do 12-13mph, no problem. It was neat to think that I've driven I-90 numerous times and never known that trail even existed. Great ride.

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    any snow on the pass yet, I might take one of the kids just to do the tunnel this weekend?

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