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Mount Rainier route?

Has anyone on here headed up Mount Rainier before? I was wondering how are the roads and if so which route did you take? Thanks in advance.

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Should be some great riding. I have driven up it in a car years ago and it is spectacular, but I don't remember which roads.

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Should be some great riding. I have driven up it in a car years ago and it is spectacular, but I don't remember which roads.
Same, about a couple years ago I did a trip up in my jeep, it was absolutely amazing. Not sure how the roads are now though. Would be a nice ride from Seattle, long enough to get my feel and practice on the bike.

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There are lots of good bike roads out there. Highway 2 out to skykomish is scenic.

410 to Crystal Mountain is another, and I think you can keep going onto 123, and then 706 to make a Mt Raineer loop.

I know that you probably already know this, but those are very curvy roads with lots of switchbacks. They can be fun on a bike, and I love them, and live to ride that type of road. However, if you are still just learning to ride, I would be very cautious about overdriving the curves. This is not where I would take a newbie, or recommend for a newbie. You need flat slow roads with gentle curves until you are competent and confident on the bike.

The last thing you want is to go into a curve a little too hot, develop target lock, and drive off the side of a mountain before you learn how to turn. Or worse meet someone on the wrong side of a curve, and not be able to execute an evasive maneuver.

How much have you ridden so far, and did you ever take that beginner course?

I am not trying to discourage you, but I think I remember you saying you had not ridden yet. If I am wrong about that then forgive me, and enjoy the mountains.

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There are lots of good bike roads out there. Highway 2 out to skykomish is scenic.

410 to Crystal Mountain is another, and I think you can keep going onto 123, and then 706 to make a Mt Raineer loop.

I know that you probably already know this, but those are very curvy roads with lots of switchbacks. They can be fun on a bike, and I love them, and live to ride that type of road. However, if you are still just learning to ride, I would be very cautious about overdriving the curves. This is not where I would take a newbie, or recommend for a newbie. You need flat slow roads with gentle curves until you are competent and confident on the bike.

The last thing you want is to go into a curve a little too hot, develop target lock, and drive off the side of a mountain before you learn how to turn. Or worse meet someone on the wrong side of a curve, and not be able to execute an evasive maneuver.

How much have you ridden so far, and did you ever take that beginner course?

I am not trying to discourage you, but I think I remember you saying you had not ridden yet. If I am wrong about that then forgive me, and enjoy the mountains.
Yeah the roads are very curvy, thats why I was asking about routs to rainier, taking the main road to Sunrise at Rainier isn't as curvy though and its a very nice slow ride.
I got a permit and have been riding a lot with my coworkers they're all very experienced on offloading though but they've been super awesome always riding with me to and from work on very curvy roads, I am stationed where I have to ride threw some curvy ass roads.
I'll be taking the course this monday-wednesday at the naval base.

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Have breakfast at Krain Corner (between Enumclaw & Black Diamond). Then head up 410, then down 123. You can pay the $$ or show your pass to go w/b through the Park, or, continue down 123 to Hwy 12.

Then you can either continue w/b on 12 to Morton and up 7, or at Packwood, head north up Skate Creek. That's a fun road. Even on a Rebel. Skate Creek turns into NF 52 and will dump you out on 706 just east of Ashford. Check to make sure the road is open. Might be a bit early in the season yet.

You could be a bit on the adventurous side and at Randle, head south towards mt St Helens. At Northwoods, you can take Curly Creek to MEadow Creek to Wind River and end up at the Columbia. Or, continue w/b towards Cougar and when you get to the 5, take the back roads home.

There are soooo stinking many roads around Rainier & St Helens. I think I've taken my rebel on most of them.

And when you get bored with that, head north to Mt Baker and the North Cascades Hwy (still under 20' of snow right now).
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Dang, I'd like to take that route just from the description.

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Have breakfast at Krain Corner (between Enumclaw & Black Diamond). Then head up 410, then down 123. You can pay the $$ or show your pass to go w/b through the Park, or, continue down 123 to Hwy 12.

Then you can either continue w/b on 12 to Morton and up 7, or at Packwood, head north up Skate Creek. That's a fun road. Even on a Rebel. Skate Creek turns into NF 52 and will dump you out on 706 just east of Ashford. Check to make sure the road is open. Might be a bit early in the season yet.

You could be a bit on the adventurous side and at Randle, head south towards mt St Helens. At Northwoods, you can take Curly Creek to MEadow Creek to Wind River and end up at the Columbia. Or, continue w/b towards Cougar and when you get to the 5, take the back roads home.

There are soooo stinking many roads around Rainier & St Helens. I think I've taken my rebel on most of them.

And when you get bored with that, head north to Mt Baker and the North Cascades Hwy (still under 20' of snow right now).
This sounds absolutely amazing, will definitely give this all a try, thank you so much

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