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Mt. St. Helens to Mt. Rainier
Total Miles: 64 | Approximately 2.5 Hours
Though Washington features incredible attractions like the Space Needle, the natural sites of the Evergreen State are hard matched.
If you double as an outdoor lover and motorcycle enthusiast – and it doesn’t hurt if you’re a National Park fan – then this is the ride for you.
Start at the Mount St. Helens Volcanic Monument set in southern Washington within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Less than an hour east of Kelso and Interstate 5 – and less than two hours from the Washington Coast – Mt. St. Helens is best known for its infamous eruption in 1980.
The now 110,000-acre U.S. National Monument features plenty for visitors to see and do. Your first stop is the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake – featuring exhibits, films, gifts, and cancellation stamps for the park.
Before mounting back up, be sure to check out the Forest Learning Center, the Johnston Ridge Observatory, and Windy Ridge – the closest viewing point.
From Helens, head for the Spirit Lake Highway, connecting you eventually to Forest Road 27, U.S. Highway 12, and Washington Highway 7.
Twist and turn past Riff Lake and Taidnapam Park. Keep heading north until you reach East Creek, then zip east on National Park Highway – leading you straight to Mount Rainier National Park and the stunning Washington Cascades.
Mt. Rainier visitors are granted daily access to the park through the Nisqually Entrance off SR 706. Put some rods and cones on yet another of Washington’s scenic strato-volcanoes – check out visitor areas like Paradise, Sunrise, and Longmire.
Enjoy the scenery of the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, explore the Longmire Museum, or stretch your legs with a hike down the Wonderland Trail – even if you don’t plan on completing all 93 miles.
Sure, you could rent a car or take the SUV to Washington’s famed national parks, but the best way to explore these miracles of nature is by bike – and we think you agree.