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Palouse to Cascade Trail / 7 day, 316 mile Rails to Trails /REGISTRATION CLOSED


Length: 316 miles over 7 days
Pace: 10 mph gravel 
Terrain: flat - rails to trails
Elevation: 8000 feet
Ride Type: Group
Cancelation Guidelines: 
AQI over 150 along the route.


It is important to take a pump, extra tires and sealant/tubes due to goatheads and the possibility of slashing a tire.  The tires can be carried in the support vehicle. 

You will need very bright lights for the 2.5 mile Snoqualmie tunnel.  
This link outlines how to prep for the ride.  

Bring a bike lock since we plan to camp out and will not have storage spaces for bikes. 

For most if not all of the ride there will be no access to electricity.  If you have a GPS device, bring a charging cube.


We will be riding the Palouse to Cascade State Park Trail - a 290 gravel rails to trails that runs from the ID border to Seattle.  This will be an adventure ride.  For much of the ride there are no services (water, food or hotels), cell phone connections, places to charge electronic devices (bring a charging block), or anything else resembling civilization.  The trail is incredibly beautiful with trestles, tunnels (including the longest bike trail tunnel in the US - 2 1/2 miles long), and open spaces.  A good blog about the route is available from Joe Korbuszewski.

Daily rides will be between 33 and 61 miles.  But many of these miles will be hard riding.  You will need a gravel or mountain bike.  2" or 50mm tires are recommended - the larger the better.  Surface conditions will range from paved roads to packed gravel to large, chunky gravel, to soft sand.  Expect some sections to be hard going.  Expect to walk your bike over a few shorter sections.

A support van will be available to carry gear - and participants will be expected to share driving duties and common expenses (which will probably be several hundred dollars).  We will be camping between sections, so you should have a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  For many of the sections, restaurants will not be available.  So, you will need to plan breakfast and lunches.  We will do some joint planning for dinners.  Access to cooking facilities may be very limited.  When possible, we will try to use restaurants for meals (mostly the last half of the tour).

We will arrange to transport you and your bike to the start of the ride.  You might need to arrange your own transportation back from Seattle.  Full details about logistics will be determined based on the number of riders and available resources.

If you have any questions about the ride, contact Joe Cote or Charla Burke.

Registration is required and is free to both members and non-members.  However, as noted above, all participants must share joint expenses like fuel for the support vehicle.  Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register for this event.


Day 1 Tekoa to Malden
Day 2 Malden to Ralston
Day 3 Ralston to Othello
Day 4 Othello to Wanapum Lake
Day 5 Wanapum Lake to Ellensburg
Day 6 Ellensburg to Lake Easton State Park
Day 7 Lake Easton State Park to Carnation

Palouse to Cascade Trail Full Route


  • We will be leaving Vancouver at 7 am sharp on Sept 19 to ride to the start at the WA / ID boarder near Tekoa.  You will have to arrange to have your bike available to pack for transport at least a day in advance.
  • Riders are expected to have read the Safe Riding Policy  
  • Please direct questions to the ride leader or Road Captain.
  • Helmets are required. Lights (front and rear), RoadIDs and cell phones are recommended.
  • Remember - Ride safely and have fun!


Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 7:00 AM until Monday, September 25, 2023 Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Vancouver start TBD - drive to Tokea WA. Finish in Carnation WA just outside Seattle.

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Charla M Burke
5035028276 (p)
Joe Cote
Club Ride
Registration is closed
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Online registration is required, so please register.
Attendees pay for their own charges