Cold weather was everywhere last weekend, even in the usually warm Mt. St. Helens region, so I decided to check out the small SnoPark north of St. Helens: Wakepish. It seemed like a splendid idea as it would have been 9 miles on snowmobile trails to a nice viewpoint. However, upon leaving Randle, the gateway town to the north of St. Helens, the road, NF-25, was not really plowed and I either had to leave my car right there, or find a different place to ride my bike.
My cold from a few days earlier didn’t seem bad, so after consulting google maps, I decided to just ride from here.
Nevertheless, snowmobiles are the things that I rely on to compact the snow for me on NF-99 to Windy Ridge – which a few had done. Yay! So, I should be thankful.
The 5% grade was just rideable the 5 miles to the first viewpoint, called Bear Meadows. If there would have been a viewpoint any earlier, I would have turned around then. But, trees line the entire way and hardly anything can be seen off to the sides.
I think my cold is getting worse. After putting all my warm clothes on, it was time to head back down, hopefully twice as fast as I had creeped up here.
Towards the end, the ride back got quite painful, where there are about 5 miles and 300 feet of elevation gain to be had.
The price for this ride was a bit high at 2 days sick in bed the next days.