5th Annual Sunride: Summer Solstice Hillclimb

June 23, 2018 all-day America/Los Angeles Timezone
Mt. Rainier National Park: Sunrise Visitor Center
Sunrise Park Rd
Ashford, WA 98304
Willy Nilly Unorganizer
5th Annual Sunride: Summer Solstice Hillclimb @ Mt. Rainier National Park: Sunrise Visitor Center | Ashford | Washington | United States

5th Annual 2018 Sunride Hillclimb – A Willy Nilly Summer Solstice Road Bicycle Ride

Join us for a solstice-welcoming spin up to the gorgeous high-alpine Sunrise Visitor Center at Mt. Rainier. “We” could be 5 riders or 150, with varied start times/locations (“ride your ride”).

> Saturday, June 23, 2018
> Registration/fees: Nope
> “Suggested” standard ride start time: 7:00am (or whenever suits you, per Willy Nilly spirit…this wee-early start is for minimizing vehicle traffic conflict & maximizing sunrise lighting splendor)
> Standard start/finish: SR 410 & Crystal Mtn. Blvd. (some do a shorter route, parking/starting close to the road access gate near White River Campground)
> Standard route map: (see our web site)
> Standard ride profile: 40 miles up/down (20 mi climbing about 4,800′, then zooming 20 mi back down to start/finish)
> Post-ride hydration meetup: Naches Tavern in Greenwater
> Campout: On Fri night some of us will be snoozing at Silver Springs Campground for easier early-morning wake-up (after prior night’s dinner/beverages at the Naches Tavern)

Access/Route Details
> Road access details are subject to change per the whims of the rangers and/or maintenance personnel
> During solstice timing the road to Sunrise from the gate near the White River Campground intersection is typically closed to all public traffic during the week
> Sometimes the gate/road is opened up for hikers and bicycles (not cars) during the weekend
> However, maintenance crews may decide at any moment to close the gate to all traffic for any timeframe of their choosing
> The “standard” plan A is to ride up to the gate from the start/finish listed above, and if it’s closed, then Plan B is to turn around and ride to Chinook Pass, and from there down to Skookum Falls Viewpoint on hwy 410, from which we’ll return to our original starting point (see our web site for a link to the Plan B route map).
> Plan B results in about the same total elevation gain as the standard Sunride route, and the distance is 6 miles longer

“Ride your ride”: Join whoever shows up or bring your own riding comrades, your pace, your style, start time is just a guide…


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