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PostFri Aug 02, 2019 10:08 am 
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I'd love to study the elevation profile of the road.  I'm thinking a bike is a good way to the TH, and this info will help me decide what kind.  Also if anyone has any recollection of what the road surface is like, I'd love to hear it (to get an idea of what tire width is required).

I'm not sure if it'll be this fall or next spring.  In either case can I assume I'll have the trail to myself on a weekend?  I feel pretty comfortable with locking s bike up at the TH, should I?

Thanks in advance!   smile.gif
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PostFri Aug 02, 2019 10:16 am 
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Let's see if this works:


Road was in good shape for the most part. I was on a mountain bike, but a cross bike would have probably been fine.  One big washout  that you have to hike-a-bike through.  Don't remember if I actually had to pedal at all on the return trip.  I locked my bike to a tree at the trailhead and didn't worry about it.  Some folks had used scooters for ~6 miles or so to the washout instead of cycling.

I saw probably 10 or so other folks out on the Sunday when I went to the lookout (not counting the folks shooting their 50 cal at the river with no obvious target).
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PostFri Aug 02, 2019 10:35 am 
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GPX here

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PostFri Aug 02, 2019 12:24 pm 
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Thanks, both of you.   smile.gif

That much elevation gain on the road probably won't work for a day hike.  Very glad to know that in advance.
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PostFri Aug 02, 2019 3:40 pm 
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I did it a few years ago. I recall being in the granny gear on my 3x8 26" mountain bike. I did have a 20 pound pack. It was harder than I thought, and I am definitely not new to mtn bike approaches!

Going down was a blast. The group of hikers walking the road looked miserable.

A gravel bike might work, but I liked my mtn bike. A road bike would be awful. I doubt the road is improving with age.

I prefer sleeping in the lookout, but to each his own. Day trips are still reasonable but long.

Also, I had a flat and one other guy at the top did as well. Be prepared for that.

I would want 38mm at least, but a cycle cross racer might be comfortable on less.
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PostWed Aug 07, 2019 8:10 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
I'd love to study the elevation profile of the road.  I'm thinking a bike is a good way to the TH, and this info will help me decide what kind.  Also if anyone has any recollection of what the road surface is like, I'd love to hear it (to get an idea of what tire width is required).

I'm not sure if it'll be this fall or next spring.  In either case can I assume I'll have the trail to myself on a weekend?  I feel pretty comfortable with locking s bike up at the TH, should I?

Thanks in advance!   smile.gif

Check a map. The difference in elevation between the bridge at Canyon Creek and the TH at Tupso Pass is fairly steady over the 8 mile stretch - more than I could peddle up, but really not bad. The best reason for even walking a bike up to the TH is the return; a bike will put you back at your can in an hour.

Don't recommend skinny tires. Lots of gravel on the road. Last time I was up it (too many years now) it was starting to get pretty brushy in some sections - mainly alder.

Don't expect to be alone on a weekend and don't expect snow-free until July. A fall trip would be best.

Lots of space to ditch the bike in the trees at the TH. If you can lock up, I would, just because.

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PostSun Aug 11, 2019 6:52 pm 
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We had 30+ pound packs, are in decent shape but not avid mountain bikers, we pushed our biked about 75% of the time on the way up and had to be careful on the return, not to go too fast and lose control after hitting some larger rocks. I still think biking is the way to go, electric would be awesome, but is probably technically illegal there.

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