Having lived in Puyallup most of my life, I have lived with Mount Rainier in my backyard staring at me ever day. That said I have risen this ride more times than I can count and it is still one of the best day rides anyone could ask for. There is beautiful waterfalls, twisties, mountain views, snow covered hills and valleys, twisties, forests, good places to eat and drink along the way as well. Oh yeah and great twisties!
I prefer to start in Enumclaw as well taking HWY 410 just past the 123turn off to the summit of Chinook pass just for the twisties and the amazing view. It's only a couple of miles out of your way, then turn back and hit 123 south. This can be a rougher road and pretty shaded so be prepared to look for the pot holes between the shadows. When you get to the park entrance at the Stevens Canyon entrance my favorite part of the ride begins. From here you climb out of the woods around the Ohanapacosh river and up Stevens Canyon. Some sharp switchbacks,magnificent views and sweeping corners await you. Toward the top take in the road side reflection lake as you begin to see the lunar looking moonscape above the tree line.
Stop at the top and visit the ranger station for pictures and refreshments. Then continue down to the Longmire lodge and old hot springs. If your up for a short walk, the trail of the shadows is right there and only about a mile all flat ground.
From here you exit the park soon and head out to Elbe. Great burgers at the scale burgers right in the middle of town. Their shakes are incredible!
All in all a pretty perfect way to spend your day.
Was this road review helpful?
6 riders found this road review useful.
Signup For eNewsletter
Updates on new roads, events, motorcycle news and more!