Traveling from Colorado to Seattle-Suggestions?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by matbaugh, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. matbaugh

    matbaugh Been here awhile

    Apr 27, 2011
    Zeeland, Michigan

    This June I'm traveling from Vermont to Colorado, then from Colorado to Seattle. I have about 1.5-2 weeks and was looking for some suggestions.

    I have a Super Tenere and will most likely take the slab to get to Colorado, but then I'd like to find as scenic a route possible from Winterpark, CO to Seattle. I am intrigued at the idea of taking some of the passes either in CO or on the way to Seattle. Does anyone have any suggestions on a route, passes, or tracks I could check out?

    I'll have camping gear and wouldn't mind doing some dual sporting, but I'd say a 70/30 paved to dirt split would be about right.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. pckopp

    pckopp Aged Adventurer

    Feb 25, 2003
    Spokane, WA
    US 40 west is enjoyable. Stay on it to Elk Springs. Get gas there. Take 14, Bear Valley Rd north and west about 13-14 miles to the junction with 14N. Mantle Ranch Rd, then Yampa Bench Rd. Stay on 14N for about 26 miles to the intersection of 156, Echo Park Rd. 4 miles north to a stunning campground on the Green River.

    The next morning, retrace south to 14N and follow it west to Harper's Corner Rd. (HCR), about 11 miles from camp. If you turn right here, you climb up a ridge to a high viewpoint overlooking the canyon and the river. If you turn left, go south about 25 miles and you are back to US 40.

    For more adventure follow HCR south about 4 miles to the junction with 1550. This will be just when HCR turns east. Follow 1550 as it loops back into CO, then southwest. 1550 turns north at the junction with 1570. You are on a high mesa with great views. Follow 1550 north and down the hill to Highway 149 at the bottom. Continue west, it soon is a paved road. Altogether about 30 miles until you are back on pavement. 149 joins US 40 just west of Jenson.

    US 191 north through Flaming Gorge Park and all the way to Jackson, WY is a scenic ride.

    From Jackson, WY take 22 west over Teton Pass into Idaho. The road becomes 33 in Idaho. Through Victor and Driggs and on through Rexburg to the junction with 28. This is more big empty but the snow-capped mountains on either side of the highway will keep you company. Turn north on US 93 at Salmon, over the pass into Montana to Lolo. Lolo Pass, US 12 to Lewiston and Clarkson is a great ride.

    Ride the Spiral Highway up the hill on the north side of the river. Take 95 back down. Do it again.

    US 12 west to the Columbia is boring. Instead, take 129 south to Enterprise and Joseph, OR. Becomes Hwy 3 in OR. Fabulous twisty climb up the canyon. Check out Wallowa Lake near Joseph. Camping on the south end.

    From Enterprise follow 82 west and south to La Grande. A short stint on I-84 brings you to a big hill overlooking the Columbia Basin. Take I-82 north across the river, take the first exit and follow 14 west all the way to Portland if you want. One of the great river canyons.

    Take 97 north to Goldendale, then 142 west to Klickitat and back to 14. Great twisties.

    Cross back into Oregon at The Dalles and take 30 west to Rowena Crest Viewpoint. Great views of the river. Continue west on 30 to Mosier and back on I-84.

    Take I-5 north to Olympia. Go north on 101 to Hwy 3. Follow 3 to Bremerton and follow the signs to the Seattle Ferry. Take the ferry to downtown Seattle. In the afternoon/evening the view of the city is superb.

    You can see all this on Google Maps and satellite view. Easy to make a route.

    June is early for the high passes in the Pacific Northwest. Magruder won't be open unless it is an unusual year, for example. The North Cascades Highway is under 15 feet of snow still.

    I live in Seattle. Give a shout when you get here. I'll be out riding until June 11th or so.

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  3. RTODAHL01

    RTODAHL01 Been here awhile

    Nov 6, 2012
    SedroWoolley Wa
    From Colorado head up to Yellowstone.
    We made the mistake of riding through in one day figuring on coming back. Haven't made it yet.
    The Northern panhandle of Idaho is awesome lots of dirt roads. Head into Lewiston and maybe book a jet boat ride on the Snake River.
    So many great places my mind is realling.
    Oh, try to go to Mount Saint Helens.
    You will be awestruck by the magnate of the volcano eruption , apparent still today.
    Also ferry ride out to the San Jaun Islands
    The ferry ride itself is beautiful and scenic.