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Cascade Routes

Post by Saskrider » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:58 pm



Hey everyone,
I'm in the midst of planning my summer holiday from July 28-August 13. So far the old '85 LTD is running rock solid, so I'm planning to ride from my home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada to Vancouver BC to visit my sister for a day or two and then heading down to Seattle and possibly checking out the NHRA Northwest Nationals while I'm there. Instead of coming back to Canada right away I'm looking to try something new and stay state-side and come back from Seattle to Havre, MT and utilize the Wild Horse border crossing. This is where you guys & girls come in. I'd prefer to stay off the Interstate's, I always like immersing myself in what places really have to offer, not so much of the 'touristy' stuff, always on the lookout for some 'hidden gem' kind of areas. I'm looking to stay on the #2 from Spokane back to Havre, but just wondering what everyone recommends through the Cascades, Hwy 2 or the 20 north? I'll be towing my tent trailer I'm currently building so camping recommendations are always appreciated and have 16 days to complete the trip so time is on my side. Never been to Washington State before so any input is appreciated!



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Re: Cascade Routes

Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:23 am

I'd recommend Hwy 20, as it has always been my favorite route across WA due to low traffic, great varying scenery and lots of camping opportunities!
Make your way over to Hwy 9, follow it up to Hwy 530 and follow this route home - https://goo.gl/maps/KJdPEP73J422
Make sure you top up with fuel in Marblemount along Hwy 20 as the next closest gas station is beyond either of your campgrounds, in either Mazama, or Winthrop. (Western themed town!)
Camping at Lone Fir, or Klipchuck Campgrounds your 1st night out.
Whenever there are bear boxes/food lockers at your campground, make sure you use them for all your food/toiletries/cooking gear etc!!!

Follow 20 over to Hwy 97 (right now there is a slide/water covering Hwy 20 a little west of Loup Loup summit along 20, between Twisp and Okonagan, so Google Maps automatically reroutes along 153 down to 97) and follow 97 up to Tonasket where you'll pick up 20 again. Follow the route to your next campgrounds of either Big Eddy, (NO potable water!) or Bull River Campground
Continue following the route up to and into Glacier National Park. I would suggest staying at Apgar Campground as it is the largest campground there and you'll have the best chance of getting a site for the night. You'll get to ride the Going-To-The-Sun Rd over to the east side of the park.
Continue following the route over towards Havre if you must cross back into Canada at Wild Horse for whatever reason.
If not, continue following Hwy 2 to Malta, where you can spend the night at Trafton Park and then head north home.

Have fun!

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Re: Cascade Routes

Post by someone548 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:25 pm

Highway 20 is definitely the way to go. It's beautiful. Lots of scenic overlooks and the like. Depending on your flexibility, you could even take highway 20 to highway 17/174 to grand coulee. The dam there is amazing and the visitor center is really interesting. Gorgeous high desert type country right there as well. Have fun! I live right off highway 2 ten miles south of Newport so you'll be in my neck of the woods!

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Re: Cascade Routes

Post by Saskrider » Sun May 14, 2017 8:46 pm

Perfect! Thanks for the info everyone!

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Re: Cascade Routes

Post by Mountain rider » Mon May 15, 2017 12:15 am

Highway 2 is a beautiful route. Leavenworth is a wonderful stop. An old silver mining town, when the mines played out, it was meeting a slow death. A restaurant owner on the outskirts redecorated his establishment to resemble a Bavarian inn. With a screened in back porch, patrons could watch bears come to feed and drink across the river. The idea caught on and the rest of the town began to convert to the Bavarian theme. Today you can see clock, Christmas ornament, music box, and an assortment of other shops. There is camping nearby. Further, toward Spokane, is Grand Coulee dam. During the warmer months, after dark, they run water over the spillway creating a white screen with the cascading water. They project a laser light show on the spillway telling about the areas history and the Grand Coulee project. From there, it's on to Spokane for Casino's and drag racing. Good Luck and enjoy your travels.

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Re: Cascade Routes

Post by Saskrider » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:47 pm

Any recommendations on golf courses through those areas?



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