This ride takes you from Ellensburg to Cle Elum on a 61 mile loop. It loops through the back roads of Ellensburg and Cle Elum through some of the most majestic countryside in Central Washington. This popular ride travels through a wide variety of terrain, from Ellensburg’s rolling countryside to Cle Elum’s forested byways. Starting near Central Washington University’s campus it travels up Hwy 10 into some very beautiful but rugged topography. The loop then follows Hwy 940 dropping into Cle Elum where it passes through this 128 year old historic mining town. It then continues onto Taneum road and follows Peoh road through Thorp prairie and then finally past Thorp Road cemetery back into Ellensburg.
From the CWU parking lot at 18th Ave. and D Street, take a left onto D Street. Take a right on Dean Nicholson Blvd/14th Street. Take a right on Water and then a left on 15th Street. From there take a right and continue to Dry Creek. Follow Dry Creek until the intersection with Hwy 97. Jog right on Hwy 97 and take an immediate left onto McManamy. Follow McManamy until it ends at Hwy 10 and take a right onto the highway. Follow hwy 10 approximately 14.5 miles until it intersects with Hwy 970 and take a left and then an immediate right onto Materson/Airport road. Follow Airport Road around to the left until it ends. At the intersection with Hwy 903/1st Ave, take a right. Follow 1st Ave. through downtown Cle Elum, and take a left on S. Cle Elum Way. Follow that under I-90 and S. Cle Elum Way will turn into 4th Ave, and then back into S. Cle Elum Way. From here take a left on Lower Peoh Point, and then a right on Upper Peoh Point road. Follow upper Peoh Point until it goes under I-90 again and then turns into Thorp Prarie. Continue on Thorp parie from approximately 7.5 miles and take a left on Taneum Road. Take a right on North Thorp Hwy. Continue over I-90 and onto S. Thorp Hwy. Take a right on Cove Road. Take a left on Hanson. Take a right on Brown, and after 1.8 miles, teke another left to stay on Brown. Take a left onto Umptanum, left on Anderson until you reach 5th Ave. and take a right. Take a left on Water, a right on 14th, left on D street and back to the parking lot.
This ride is not to be missed if you are planning to experience the road biking routes of the Central Washington area.
A map can be picked up at the Ellensburg Recycle Bicycle Shop.