Green Valley Taco Run + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Auburn, WA to Cumberland, WA:
Starting from Main St. in Auburn, head East, and turn right on the Auburn-Black Diamond Rd. Continue east a couple miles. Right after passing under Hwy. 18, veer right onto SE Green Valley Rd. Stay on this for about 10 miles, until you hit Hwy 169. Take a left and continue a mile north to Black Diamond. At the CenEx gas station, turn right on Lawson Street, and continue east to the Green River Gorge bridge. Just past the bridge, you will wind up the hill and turn left on SE Green River Gorge Rd. Take this a couple miles east until you hit the Cumberland Rd. You will immediately come into the hamlet of Cumberland, with the City Hall Saloon on your left.
This route starts out in the Green Valley, winding through the farmlands along the Green River, before climbing up out of the Gorge to Black Diamond. Proceeding east, it crosses the Gorge Bridge, providing a spectacular view of the river and cascading waterfalls. Heading further east, this route passes through forestland, before ending up at the tiny town of Cumberland.
There are very few straight roads on this route; most are windy & provide some great opportunities to test out your cornering ability! In the middle, there are some rough patches, but most of it is really smooth.
Along the way, you will find roadside fruit stands & a great slaughterhouse that has the best elk jerky! This route passes Flaming Geyser State Park, where you can take a break and watch the model airplanes that congregate there, or have a bbq with friends. Black Diamond has their famous bakery, but a great little pizza place as well. It's a great place to fuel up, too. The Piece de Resistance is Cumberland's City Hall Saloon, where hundreds bikes of all types will congregate most Thursdays during the summer for Tacos & beers.
Watch for elk and bear crossing the road - we've seen them both from time to time!
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