« on: June 29, 2009, 08:14:45 pm »
We could share the best rides in our areas of the PNW.
I'll start. If you're in Central Washington (around the Cle Elum or Leavenworth areas) and planning to go over Blewett Pass, or are just in the area looking for a good ride, try the Old Blewett Highway. If you're coming from the south. about 4 miles past Mineral Springs Resort the Old Blewett takes off on the left. From the north, it starts about 5 miles past Ingalls Creek store/resort on the right. There are signs both ways, but you need to keep a close watch. This old road it a total of 10 miles long, gains 1000 feet in 4 miles using the south entrance and about 1200 feet coming from the north. We locals ride it all the time, and often extend the ride by starting on the main Blewett highway farther down on either side. You can do this to make the ride as long as you want. This main Blewett has good shoulders and a very smooth surface, although on weekends can be busy. The old road is a real gem--no traffic, lots of fun curves, etc. Maintenance is rare, so there is often some debris on the road, but it's easy to see and steer around. The route is good for climbing conditioning! If you get the chance, check it out.