Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Traveling & Camping with a Motorcycle -- Adventure Touring

The North Cascade Scenic Loop is an excellent choice for Adventure Touring.  Choose to take the Main Drag through the Methow Valley on State Rt 20 or jet off on some of our side roads.  It's an excellent route to take in some of Washington's finest scenery on roomy paved roads.  Also you can  take some lightly traveled detours and get out in the back country if you'd like.  

Speaking of back country, we highly recommend you check out Harts Pass while camping with us in Winthrop. A gravel road leads 19 miles from our neighboring area known as Mazama past the 2,000-foot slopes of glacially carved Goat Wall, and on to Harts Pass (6,197 feet), where it crosses the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The road splits at the pass. Turn left (south) for nine downhill miles to the ghost towns of Barron and Chancellor, once home to 2,000 miners. Turn right (north) for three steep miles to Slate Peak Lookout.

When you park there, you’re at the highest point you can drive to in Washington State: 7,440 feet. A short walk leads to the lookout tower; be ready for spectacular 360-degree views of the entire Cascade Range. Harts Pass Road is steep and narrow; RVs and trailers are prohibited.  When planning your road trip please consider the following: The road is gravel and quite narrow.  The road is not plowed beyond Lost River in the winter and there is often snow remaining in June.

Make the Pine Near Campground your base while adventure touring in the Methow Valley.  We are one block above downtown Winthrop with easy access to all kinds of dining and entertainment! Check out our website for information about many of the things Winthrop has to offer.

For a little teaser about what you will view when riding Hwy 20 toward Winthrop, WA please check out Rob's Biker's Road Guide.

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