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Old 03-18-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Missoula-Idaho-Washington routes suggestions needed please--

We're planning a ride starting from Missoula to the coast of Washington then back to Missoula. This will be in late July-early August for 7 days. The ride will be on pavement only as some of us don't ride off-road. We'll cover the famous Lolo pass on the return leg. The main attractions to us are great scenery and twisty roads. I would really appreciate your suggestions on the must-sees and must-rides to finalize our route. Thanks for your help!
Here is our framework:


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Old 03-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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Great route you have plotted! I have lived in the PNW all my life, save for 5 years in USMC and 5 years in Michigan. I wouldn't change anything on your route. While there are things to see just off your route (The Column at Astoria, OR and Long Beach , WA (the longest continuous beach ride in the world)) that you could easily add, in my opinion you have figured it out well. Safe travels!
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:42 AM   #3
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Great route you have plotted! I have lived in the PNW all my life, save for 5 years in USMC and 5 years in Michigan. I wouldn't change anything on your route. While there are things to see just off your route (The Column at Astoria, OR and Long Beach , WA (the longest continuous beach ride in the world)) that you could easily add, in my opinion you have figured it out well. Safe travels!
Thanks for your feedback!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #4
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Is the Olympia peninsula route through Port Angeles worthwhile going or should we stay on the route down the west side of the Hood Canal?


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Old 03-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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Yes do the rain forest route its green and depending on the month could be wet but plenty of beach access to great scenery and camping.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:06 PM   #6
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Yes do the rain forest route its green and depending on the month could be wet but plenty of beach access to great scenery and camping.
That makes sense with the weather.

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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Missoula west coast route

If you have the time, I would suggest heading down 95 from Lolo and then up through the Snake River Canyon to Lewiston. It adds about 350 miles to your trip but would be well worth it.
Here is a google map of the route.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Kam...mra=ls&t=m&z=7


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Old 03-19-2013, 03:41 PM   #8
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It looks like your route from Mt Rainier to Yakima is to stay on Hwy 12.
Hwy 123 north to Hwy 410, East to Hwy 12 East to Yakima is a little bit longer and totally worth it for twisties and scenery.
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If you have the time, I would suggest heading down 95 from Lolo and then up through the Snake River Canyon to Lewiston. It adds about 350 miles to your trip but would be well worth it.
Here is a google map of the route.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Kam...mra=ls&t=m&z=7


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Old 03-19-2013, 04:08 PM   #10
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Twisty (really twisty!) stuff near Lewiston, Idaho:

Spiral Highway (Old Lewiston Grade)
Anatone Grade / Rattlesnake Grade / Buford Grade into Joseph, Oregon. (Listed just above)

Moto-Heaven--Don't miss it.
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It looks like your route from Mt Rainier to Yakima is to stay on Hwy 12.
Hwy 123 north to Hwy 410, East to Hwy 12 East to Yakima is a little bit longer and totally worth it for twisties and scenery.
Indeed! Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:18 PM   #12
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Twisty (really twisty!) stuff near Lewiston, Idaho:

Spiral Highway (Old Lewiston Grade)
Anatone Grade / Rattlesnake Grade / Buford Grade into Joseph, Oregon. (Listed just above)

Moto-Heaven--Don't miss it.

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:17 PM   #13
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When you are on hwy 12 coming from Lolo you want to turn into Orofino and take the 1st left across the bridge. That takes you up the Cavendish grade and on to Kendrick. Then take hwy 3 back to 12.

The Cavendish grade is lots of fun and great scenery of the valley.
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another alternative

If you don't want to go on 12 through Washington (personally, I think there are better routes), here is an alternative that routes you through northern Oregon that I really like.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=N+R...via=2&t=m&z=10


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Old 03-20-2013, 09:23 PM   #15
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couple ideas

find Flowery Trail rd between Metaline WA, and Chewela, that is awesome.

consider riding north of Kettle falls toward Orient and take the route through Curlew and Chesaw...very nice.

looks like a fun trip!
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