WABDR is short for the “Washington Backcountry Discovery Route”, which is a series of forest roads that run along the eastern side of the Cascades between the Columbia River and the border with Canada. The plan was to start from the south and get as far as we could across a long Labor Day weekend. In order to start at the beginning, we first have to get there.
Entering Mt. Rainier National Park
Climbing to Chinook Pass as Mt. Rainier rises on the left
Mt. St. Helens from Windy Ridge - use the parking lot on the lower left to get a sense of scale.
Windy Ridge: one of my favorite rides in Washington
Here’s our total route for the southern half of the trip…
Southern start of the WABDR: WA side of "The Bridge of the Gods"
Pavement ends. And say hi to Mike as you go past.
Typical forest road on the southern section
Mike in motion
Time for a nap. I have, ah, 5 of these across the trip.
Based on a tip from southbound WABDR riders, we followed the “easy” path around Bethel Ridge and took the side trip up to Timberwolf Mountain. It was spectacular.
We went to the mountain top.
360 view of this.
A father and his son were flying radio controlled gliders in the thermals...check out the glider on the left.
Morning view from Timberwolf
Craig on Timberwolf
Mike on Timberwolf
Outhouse on Timberwolf
Sunrise on Timberwolf
We camped in a meadow just below the summit at 6000 feet.
Meadow through the trees
Parked on the edge of the meadow
Upper meadow at Timberwolf
The Biolite stove is slick - great for warmth, and it will charge a GoPro.
One more meadow picture
We were climbing a rocky section just north of 410 when my front wheel slide to the right and the bike decided to take a short cut up the cliff.
I have 5 dust naps across the trip, accumulating minor scratches to the bike, nothing serious.
Let's get this bike up the hill
Mike captured this recovery on video, which I’ll share at the end of the trip report. The first photo above doesn’t quite share the exposure of the hill to the left of the trail, it’s a significant drop.
Mike scored an epic campsite on Table Mountain, a couple of hours north of Ellensburg.
Glamour shot on Table Mountain
View from Table Mountain...best shot of the trip thanks to the fading sun.
The hammock pitch
Pull up a chair and enjoy the sunset
Going, going, ...