Favorite Rides: The Cascade Loop Ranks!
August 16, 2012
Great tips from Eagle Leather Riding Community Members
Where are you going this weekend? It's a simple question that can be heard in nearly any situation across the world. But for riders, the answer seems somehow richer, more exciting and unparalleled. Because we have the road!
So when we asked Eagle Leather Community Members what their favorite rides were, we got some thrilling tips. (See their favorites on the right).
One that we have heard a bunch about in the stores that was also resounded a few times on Facebook is the Cascade Loop.
A little online research and you are bound to get excited about getting out and experiencing the awesome scenic areas on the Loop. Various web sites describe it as full of majestic mountains and forests, with views of the vast and all powerful Pacific ocean, rolling farms and orchards, and various breathtaking lakes and rivers that carve out our great Northwest.
If you haven't ridden the Cascade Loop before, different online write-ups put the ride at between 400 to 440 miles, with activities that are as diverse as the scenery. A quick view of a map found in the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway Guidebook shows the trek passing through Everett, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Lake Chelan, Pateros, Winthrop, Concrete, La Conner, and Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. This is a ride probably best enjoyed over a two to three day period.
The website "Byways.org" describes the ride as "thrilling... through the heart of Washington State." They say: "The byway travels through areas as diverse as they are magnificent: the salty waters of the Puget Sound, the verdant foothills of Cascade Mountains' western slope, the peaks of the North Cascades National Park enclosed in glaciers, and the sun-drenched expanse of the Columbia River Valley."
If you are looking for more than just a ride, the Cascade Loop provides myriad hiking and biking trails, opportunities for boaters and fisherman, and hundreds of restaurants and shops to explore and enjoy. Information can be found at these websites:
So if you are looking for a great ride this weekend, try it out and let us know what you think. Answer the question on our Facebook page: What are your favorite points or favorite stories from the Cascade Loop?
And send pictures!!!!