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Playin' Hooky for the Day- Mini Ride Report(23 posts)

Playin' Hooky for the Day- Mini Ride ReportB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:35 PM
Started out in the low lands. Hardly any traffic on the weekdays makes it real nice.
Didn't take long to gain some altitudeB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:37 PM
The views were outstandingB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:39 PM
This is Mt Rainier for those of you that didn't already recognize it.
Some of the surrounding peaksB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:41 PM
You can see another one of the Cascade volcanos, Mt Adams in the background.
Finally topped outB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:43 PM
Ranger Station at Sunrise
Finally topped outnoveread
Jun 26, 2003 7:16 AM
Wow, that's quite the ranger station! I wonder how much snow they get each season? 400"? 500"?

I think the record is around 1200"B2
Jun 26, 2003 9:50 AM
That's actually for Paradise which is on the south side of the mountain and nearly 1,000' lower than Sunrise. They probably don't have stats for Sunrise since it's closed all winter.

I believe the 1200" was the "World Record" for some time. More recently Mt Baker (I think) has claimed the "World Record" for snowfall in a season.

I just can't fathom 100 FEET of snow. A lot of shoveling! nmnoveread
Jun 26, 2003 1:10 PM
View of the mountain from the parking lotB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:45 PM
You could see tracks (many, many of them) of the climbing route up the Emmons Glacier.
More of the surrounding areaB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:48 PM
You could see some fresh ski tracks on the slope in the background.
More of the surrounding areaflying
Jun 25, 2003 9:56 PM
Wow cool pics!
I love mountain shots. What elevation did you top out at & what was the total change in elev during the climb over how many miles?
Man it seems funny seeing you folks without sleeves with snow in the background. I just saw a guy today at sea level with arm warmers here in Hawaii ;-)
Thanks for the pics!
Some elevation and mileage dataB2
Jun 25, 2003 10:18 PM
Well we actually did several climbs. We started out about 12 miles outside the Park entrance at about 1,600' and gained about 2,000' or so riding into the Park and to the White River Entrance. From the White River Entrance to Sunrise it's about 14 miles with just shy of 3,000' gain. Sunrise is a little over 6,400'.

We actually rode part way up the Sunrise Road earlier in the day, but got kicked out by the Park Ranger since they had the road closed for some construction work. So we descended and climbed to Cayuse Pass and then Chinook Pass topping out at about 5,400' before descending going back to Sunrise a second time (after the work crews had gone home). I had some camera problems so no early pics - the views were almost as good.

And then... the rest of the descentB2
Jun 25, 2003 9:55 PM
What a hoot!

Ended up doing a detour to Chinook Pass also after the Park Ranger booted us off the Sunrise Road until the construction crews finished at 3:30pm (we were part way up on our first attempt of the day). The road is closed to public vehicles until Friday. Ended the day with 84 miles and 7850' in elevation gain. Just a really great day in the Cascades!
And then... the rest of the descentgray8110
Jun 25, 2003 11:38 PM
Ok Damnit.. You're gonna make me call in sick tommorow aren't you.. geez.. Awesome report, wish I could have been there.
I love the northwestSkooter
Jun 26, 2003 1:31 AM
This is why I live in the Northwest and not the city. You will never see me in a I Luv NY t-shirt. I am proudly sporting the I luv the NW. Nice ride man.

Chow Scoots
Yikes...seeing pics like this make me despise the Midwest...funknuggets
Jun 26, 2003 7:06 AM
Amazing. Simply amazing. I think I would have to climb the "big climb" on our fast club ride about 250 times to equal that kind of elevation. Im so jealous. The midwest (Kansas City) region, has its pros and cons, but no scenery like that. I guess you kinda get used to the mtns if you see them every day, but man it makes me want to move there.

I was gonna post a ride report, but man, pales in comparison to the ones seen here day in and day out. Fantastic.

Probably better, I'd be playing hooky every single day...

Thanks to everyone for the inspiration.

So sayeth the funk.
Wow, watta nice ride. It doesn't get much better! nmrwbadley
Jun 26, 2003 5:59 AM
Great pics!KG 361
Jun 26, 2003 9:50 AM
I love where I live-we have lots of climbing, but it ain't nuthin' like that! Awesome! (Thanks for the new wallpaper =) )
Wet and Coldmarron
Jun 30, 2003 7:11 AM
One of the coldest days in my life was July 6th, 1999. My friend Blake and I parked in Greenwater and climbed over Cayouse and up Stevens Canyon to Paradise. The problem was it was '99, the year that created those world records for snowfall. It started out cloudy and was snowing by the time we topped Cayouse. The descent to Ohanekaposh was brutal. Blake, who has summitted Mckinley twice, said he had never been colder and in fact he had to stop a few times on the descent.

The really weird thing was the climb up to Paradise. Despite the fact that it was the 4th of July weekend we were passed by maybe 3 cars. The rest of the time it was this silent slog up through the murk. Fortunately it had warmed up into the 40's by the time we hit Paradise and the ensuing descents were just cold.

It kind of reminded me of the last time RAMROD was in the rain; '93 I think. That was fun.
Did you follow a ride map?t0adman
Jun 26, 2003 9:07 AM
I live here in Seattle and that ride sounds excellent. Did you just grab a road or topo map and hit the roads or do you have an official cycling route map?

I went for a quick 25 mile ride yesterday morning at 6. The weather right now cannot be beat! I'm headed out to Seward Park tonight to watch (maybe ride in) the criteriums.
Did you follow a ride map?B2
Jun 26, 2003 9:42 AM
No official cycling route map. I'm pretty familiar with the area from skiing, climbing and paraglding and much of our route overlapped the RAMROD route. I think the Redmond Cycling Club might do a RAMROD training ride up to Sunrise - not sure where there they start from though.

The Seward Park criterium looks like fun. I've swung by several times while on an evening ride. Never raced though. I don't trust my handling skills enough when I'm the only one on the road let alone with 25 other riders side by side.

re: Playin' Hooky for the Day- Mini Ride Reportdirthersh
Jun 26, 2003 10:41 AM
Yesterday was sooo nice. I live in Black Diamond-not far from Mt. Ranier, and headed up that way for a ride Wednesday afternoon.
The weather, scenery going up Hwy 410, views of the Enumclaw plateau and's what the NW is all about. If it's nice Sunday, I'm going again and hopefully put in more than 55 miles like yesterdays ride.
Thanks for the great pics.
Paradise-Packwood Looptazdag
Jun 26, 2003 2:18 PM
This weekend I'm riding the other side of the mountain. Starting at Longmire, up over Paradise, down Stevens, up over Backbone to Ohanapecosh, through Packwood and then up Skate Creek to Longmire. Should be close to 90 miles, though not as much climbing.
I've riden up Sunrise before and it really is a spectacular ride. I've only done it on the weekend and the empty roads you had make me think midweek is a lot better. I'm suprised you could be at the top sleeveless.