bike-sunrise

As a bicyclist, the desired road taken is often the road less traveled.

Not the case with Mount Rainier’s Sunrise Road.  This classic national park road is narrow and twisty as it winds upward 3000 feet to Sunrise Park (elevation 6400 feet) and an in-your-face view of the mountain. In the summer, this road is also clogged with vehicles and looky-loo tourists–not so pleasant for a bike ride.

However, there’s a brief window of opportunity in May/June when the park service plows the snow off the road but keeps the gate closed to vehicular traffic. This in-between period before the upper elevation is opened for the summer season is a cyclist’s dream. It’s an opportunity to bike Sunrise Road car-free!

The Road Taken

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7 thoughts on “Sunrise Road

  1. Mabel Kwong

    Wonderful perspective. Looks like a lovely quiet stretch of road ahead of you. Hope you get a quiet Sunrise Road to yourself in the middle of the year and you can cycle as fast – or as slow – to your heart’s content. I’m not a bike rider, never really learnt how to but if I had views like these, they would certainly motivate me to get on a bike again 🙂

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