Sierra Cascades Bike Route
The West is the Best
Here we go again. After a 2 year hiatus, my bicycle tour itch needed scratched, again. And so this time I rode the challenging Adventure Cycling Association Sierra-Cascades route. This bicycle route parallels the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico through Washington, Oregon and California down the spine of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountain ranges. North to South – Starting at the Canadian border at Sumas, WA past Mt Ranier, Mt Hood and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, continuing past the venerable Deschutes brewery, Crater Lake, Mt Shasta, Mt Lassen, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park and down to the Mexican border at Tecate. Unlike the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, this ride is on paved roads.
What I really liked about this route is that it covers areas of Washington and Oregon that I’m not familiar with. I’ve found that bike touring provides an excellent opportunity to get to know an area as you cruise through at 10 MPH or so. You actually have time to get a feel for the area and meet the interesting local folks along the way. You will also meet up with Pacific Crest Trail hikers (a breed apart) as they carry their essential belongings on their backs. I prefer panniers, myself. So, a scenic route through some really interesting and challenging (lots of climbing) territory got my attention and now seemed like a good time to act.
You can follow along with my Sierra Cascades Travel Log that started in Bellingham, Washington.
Also, check out my previous bike tour websites @ Transcendental Transcontinental where I rode xcountry from Astoria, OR to Ocean Grove, NJ and @Transcendental Great Divide where I rode down the Rocky Mountains from Banff, AB to the Mexico border at Antelope Wells, NM. Good times! **** Just finished Transcendental Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route – a very scenic tour of Central Idaho’s finest hot springs!
And a Bicycle Runs Through It
I brought my trusty flyrod along on this tour as I experienced some of the best trout fishing in the country. Again, I found myself with the challenging dilemma of Bike or Fish? Methow, Yakima, Santium, Deschutes, Truckee, Carson, Walker, Hat Creek – are some of the fine trout water that I encountered. Bike or Fish, indeed. Also, I sampled the fine local brews as I cruised through some of the fertile microbrew states of Washington, Oregon and California.
The Devil is in the Details
Read All About It!
Since this was my 3rd grand tour, I have an idea of what works and what doesn’t but there is always room for improvement. Check out my Gear page where I try to share my logic and experience for gear choices. I managed to not mail gear home, this time.
Snow covered volcanoes, Bridge of the Gods, Crater Lake, hydroelectric dams, giant Sequoia trees, high deserts, high mountain passes, National Parks, exceptionally friendly people – this trip had it all!