Mountain Biking Washington
by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)
© Amy & Mark Poffenbarger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Having mountain biked in the Northwest for over 12 years I was surprised to have not heard about this ride before. It is an excellent loop for advanced riders. The road up is in great shape, which makes the 4,200 foot climb go by fast. The final section up to Mount Jolly is on trail. We road part of it, then carried our bikes for about a mile up to the top. Incredible 360 degreee views from Rainier to Stuart to Glacier to the Enchantments. The decent is steep and technical in places, but very ride-able if you are an experienced mountain biker. The middle section of the trail is less steep and the best part of the entire ride. Towards the end, there is a bush wacking section with lots of loose rock. This only lasts for less than a mile, then it's back to the singletrack before ending at the road. This will definitely become one of my annnual "to do" rides. It was simply awesome.
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