I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to present this weekend’s adventure, and decided it would be best to split it into two posts. I’ll begin by describing the ride itself.
I spent last weekend camping in Icicle Canyon, outside Leavenworth, got up Sunday morning, and enjoyed a road ride up a narrow mountain valley until I was stopped by the snow. This was my first ride of the year in a tee-shirt without a jacket, and my first sunburn of the year. This is exciting for a person who lives in Seattle.
The ride started in the lower canyon, and I went east on E Leavenworth Road. This is a very handy bypass that avoids the main strip in town, going from Icicle Road to the far end of US 2, near the Safeway. It’s also a scenic ride, especially in the spring; it offers views into Icicle Canyon as well as of the mountains that surround Cashmere Valley, including Icicle Ridge, a dramatic rise to the west. Of course, this is most scenic with snow on the peaks.