Mountain Biking Washington
by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)
© Amy & Mark Poffenbarger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
I've done this ride at least 9 or 10 times. It's a classic. However, there's still too much snow on the trail. We barely made it to the ridge line, which is only halfway to the top. Even that required us to hike on top of snow fields that were 3 to 4 feet deep. Give it at least 2 or 3 more weeks before making the trip. But definitely make the trip.
This is definitely a "must do" ride. Follow it up all the way to the ridge, which reveals incredible views of Mount Rainier. Follow the ridge south, continuing to climb all the way up to the summit of Crystal Mountain, which is an excellent place to have lunch, then turn back and head down the same way you came up. It's an unbelievably fun decent!
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