Where to ride this Friday? It’s cloudy and cool in Seattle, vs. sunny and 75 F in Cle Elum. Not a big decision to make here. The time had come to ride both, Kachess Ridge and No Name Ridge, and explore the Cooper River trail a bit.
The trail was well maintained. Occasionally, it leveled off and I rode as far as I could before I had to push or catch my breath. The elevation profile of the singletrack portion along Kachess and No Name ridges is highlighted below – this was 5200 ft. of climbing.
The views were amazing, though. It is the beginning of fall and some colors were starting to show.I sampled delicious blueberries as I pushed up through the overgrown blueberry bushes. Turning around, I saw Mt. Rainer in the distance and Little Kachess Lake below.
After a long dirt road descend, I rode roughly half of the Cooper River trail. It’s fun and a bit techy river-trail riding.
The road across the Cle Elum Dam turned out to be closed, so I re-routed along the Coal Mines trail and Iron Horse trail back to Easton. Overall, it was a pretty good ride. But, I wish there were a way to make this a tighter loop without so much road riding.
Stats: 58 miles, 9:20 hours, 7300 ft., GPX track