Northern Washington 2013

West to East across Northern Washington on State Highway 20, including North Cascades Highway.

Start Date: 
Monday, July 15, 2013
Total Miles: 
384
Number of Days: 
7

I left a gathering of friends at Walker Creek and started riding up highway 9 towards Sedro-Woolley. From there I followed the ACA Northern Tier, which mostly takes state road 20 across the North Cascades and on into eastern Washington over five mountain passes. On the way it passes through the Methow valley, the Okanogan Valley, and the Okanogan higlands, and through the towns of Rockport, Winthrop, Twisp, Tonasket, and Kettle Falls, among others.

Mountain Passes on this route

  • Day 3 - Rainy Pass - 4855'
  • Day 3 - Washington Pass - 5477'
  • Day 4 - Loup Loup Pass - 4020'
  • Day 6 - Wouconda Pass - 4310'
  • Day 7 - Sherman Pass - 5575'

Considering that the start of the ride was at sea level, and the Okanogan valley down under 1000`, you could say I did a lot of climbing on this ride.

From Kettle Falls I left the ACA route and followed the Columbia north almost to the Canadian border. I visited with my friends in China Bend for a few days and then rode the 30 miles back to Kettle Falls where I took a bus to the Amtrak station in Spokane. The trip home was not pleasant but it had been a great tour.

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Map
Map of the route on WA 20

 

Below is my log for each day of the tour. Use the navigation controls to scroll through the days .