It’s the middle of June: it’s raining and cold. The NPR station has a report about the famous June Gloom in Seattle. Time to head east and ride on the dry side of the Cascades. With the Devil’s Big Loop WA endurance ride coming up, I figured a bit of reconnaissance would be useful, too. The plan was to hike up Tronsen Meadow trail, then work my way to Squilchuck and back along the Liberty-Beehive Road.
The Tronsen Meadow trail is quite pleasant in the beginning.
And then there’s a lot of pushing and puffing. Good way to warm up on a cold and cloudy day.
The weather turned from cold and cloudy to rain and graupel. I thought I had escaped the Seattle weather [-:
The Upper Naneum trail is super cool and offers amazing views (on a clear day). And: it connects to Tronsen Ridge trail – which I didn’t appreciate before. I was thinking this might be just the ticket for a better version of the Devil’s Big Loop ride coming up this weekend.
While gloomy today, there were a lot of flowers out. June Bloom!
I figured I better ride the Mount Lillian trail, too – only one tiny patch of snow was left and the trees had already been cleared by chain saws.
There are some impressive rock slides along the Liberty Beehive road.
I explored a couple new routes at the far end: Squilchuck trail to Pipeline trail (overlooking the Mission Ridge ski area), and then the Beehive trail connecting to the Devil’s Spur trail. All trails were a complete delight – but there’s a big chunk of dirt and paved road between the Beehive and Devil’s Spur trail that was a bit boring.
The ride finished by going back along the Beehive road in cold and rainy weather – then taking Tronsen Meadow trail down. One word: “wow”. Great ride, even with the weather the way it was.
Stats: 40 miles, 8000 ft. el., 8:30 hours, GPX track