Cascade Triple Crown Seattle's Best Mountain Bike Iron Man

Greenwater, Washington

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Looking for a serious challenge? Try the Cascade Triple Crown (CTC), Puget Sound’s mountain bike version of the Iron Man. The CTC links six separate trails, climbs three separate peaks (11,000 feet), and covers 50 miles of terrain—all in a single day. Located near Mount Rainier, the CTC is a combination of Crystal Mountain’s Northway Loop, the Crystal Mountain Ridge Trail, Noble Knob, Ranger Creek, Sun Top, Skookum Flats, and small stretches of Highway 410. Four of the six trails are packed full of slim singletrack, rock gardens, relentless thigh-burning climbs, a giant Crayola crayon box of colorful wildflowers, alpine lakes, and abundant wildlife. The first CTC was completed in 1997 by Keith “Goat Boy” Rollins, Wayne “Crazy Legs” Grevey, and Reltney Watkins—all Seattle area cross-country racers. The ride was inspired by their friendly competition and has become an annual event that acts as a truth serum when it comes to determining riding ability, strength, and cycling prowess. Mountain bikers who can complete the CTC in one piece in less than eight hours have proven their ability, skills, and stamina beyond a shadow of a doubt. Either that, or they are plain goofy in the head! Trail surface: Singletrack, gravel access roads, and a small amount of pavement.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

Looking for a serious challenge? Try the Cascade Triple Crown (CTC), Puget Sound’s mountain bike version of the Iron Man. The CTC links six separate trails, climbs three separate peaks (11,000 feet), and covers 50 miles of terrain—all in a single day. Located near Mount Rainier, the CTC is a combination of Crystal Mountain’s Northway Loop, the Crystal Mountain Ridge Trail, Noble Knob, Ranger Creek, Sun Top, Skookum Flats, and small stretches of Highway 410.

Four of the six trails are packed full of slim singletrack, rock gardens, relentless thigh-burning climbs, a giant Crayola crayon box of colorful wildflowers, alpine lakes, and abundant wildlife. The first CTC was completed in 1997 by Keith “Goat Boy” Rollins, Wayne “Crazy Legs” Grevey, and Reltney Watkins—all Seattle area cross-country racers. The ride was inspired by their friendly competition and has become an annual event that acts as a truth serum when it comes to determining riding ability, strength, and cycling prowess. Mountain bikers who can complete the CTC in one piece in less than eight hours have proven their ability, skills, and stamina beyond a shadow of a doubt. Either that, or they are plain goofy in the head! Trail surface: Singletrack, gravel access roads, and a small amount of pavement.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 50.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Season: Year-round, snow permitting; best July through September
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Sun Top, Norse Peak, White River Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Cascade Triple Crown (Seattle's Best Mountain Bike Iron Man)

Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2005
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Epic combination of trails to maximize your biking satisfaction! We skipped the shuttle car and parked at the beginning of the Skookum flats trail (Kind of near the landing strip). This allows you to bail 2/3 through the ride, refuel from your car and/or finish at your car. We rode 410 and then took the gravel road towards Corral Pass and went right to Crystal and its tough climbs. Sweet single track down, back and up to Corral Pass where we bombed Dalles Ridge and Rangers Creek. The rain and 8 hours of riding took its toll...we'll be back to complete it!



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