Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mt. Adams SXSW 2015

Oregon Randonneurs
Ride: Mt. Adams SXSW 2015
Organizers: John Kramer
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Distance: 200km (124 miles)
Results: From July 11 2009
Pre-ride Report: Discussion (2009), Photos, Bill's Report (from 2009)
Sunrise: 0:708 Sunset: 18:44
Who's Riding?: Here
Start Time: 07:00 Saturday July 3, 2015
Finish Time: 20:30 Saturday July 3, 2015
Registration Time: 06:30-07:00
Entry Fee: Free for 2015, Oregon Randonneurs membership not required.  Register Now!  See who is registered

Lodging: This is a popular recreation area in the Summer. If you need reservations, book them in advance. Here is a Google list or Google map of motels.

Camping: Here is a rare opportunity where a brevet starts near a campground. Tent and RV camping is permitted at the county fairground and rock creek park at the brevet start location and car camping is permitted as posted near the riverboat landing at the riverfront. The are also other camping areas near Stevenson. Home Valley is several miles east on SR-14.

Called the Skamania County for info on camping, 509-427-3980. Campsites are $20 for non-electric and $25 for sites with electricity. You can call to reserve a spot, they are mostly interested in groups that may require large numbers of camping spaces.

Start Location: Stevenson Washington, near the county fair grounds and Hegewald center at the jct of SW Rock Creek Drive and Rock Creek Park Road. There is public parking along SW Rock Creek Drive and Rock Creek Park. There are restrooms in the park. Camping space is available in the county fairground and Rock Creek Park.

This is a scenic and challenging ride starting in Stevenson Washington. Ride with GPS elevation gain estimate is 9,000 feet but the estimate seams excessive by about 1000-feet. The route was updated for 2015 reducing the total distance to 200k by eliminating the segment going through Bingen and White Salmon.

Temperatures can be cool either side of the Cascade Crest (at mile 57). Be prepared.

The hills provide long ups and downs and Lewis River provides a long cool descent while Old Mans Pass provides a fast classic descent. There are great views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mount St. Helens, Lewis River and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The route is available as a permanent #576 RUSA Approved.

Mile 0 to 41
From Stevenson the route follows SR14 and the Columbia River east for 20 miles to SR-141-Alt where the road twists uphill for 2.2 miles to SR-141 going north to Trout Lake. SR-14 was chip sealed in early August from Stevenson to the SR-141-Alt turn (about 20 miles). The Trout Lake Store, cafe and gas station provide the last services for 77 miles until Carson. The Trout Lake Store does not have a restroom but the gas station has a restroom you can use. There are also restrooms and water at the County Park near the Post Office in Trout Lake (See the Ride with GPS map).

Mile 41 to 93
From Trout Lake, the route continues northeast on the Randle Road to the southwest side of Mt. Adams and the Lewis River Road. The route turns southwest following the Lewis River to Curly Creek.

There are numerous bridges on the Lewis River road, all of them have sharp abrupt edges the pose a hazard for pinch flats. Properly inflate tires to prevent pinch flats.

There are also a small number of gravel patches. The longest stretch of gravel is .6 miles and is noted on the route sheet.

There is tasty water at the Lower Lewis River Recreation Area (campground) at or about mile 79 (see the cue sheet.)

The Curly Creek road provides a 5 mile climb. The first three miles have a steady 5 to 7 percent grade.

Except vault toilets and the water at the Lewis River Recreation Area, there are no services between Trout Lake and Carson.

Mile 93 to 124
At the top of the Curly Creek Road, the route turns southwest on Forest Road 30, the Meadow Creek Road. Old Man Pass is located two miles past this junction providing a great downhill run. From Old Mans Pass, there are only 30 miles, two turns and a small number of gentle hills remaining to ride. The main section of the Old Mans Pass downhill, about 4 miles was freshly paved in July of 2015.

Route Sheet: Google Doc Spreadsheet
(note on the route sheet: you can select your choice of metric or US for distance and elevation units. Click on the arrow next to the units in the distance or elevation column titles. Then select Miles or Km (kilometers) for distance, and Feet or Meters for elevation. The spreadsheet will update to show the units of measure you just selected. For example, if the last person to use the route sheet selected Km for distance and you perfer miles, just click on the arrow next to the Km heading and then select Miles.

You can also select the distance type by choosing either "Total" or "To Go"). Total will show the total miles beginning with zero (0). To Go shows you the miles to the end. This is for Garmin users who are following the course using the "Distance to End" or "Distance to Go" fields. The Distance to Go is more robust since it always shows the distance to the end and does not include missing miles because someone forgot to tun on the GPS or took a wrong turn or somehow messed up their trip odometer.

Ride with GPS