Mt bike from ORV area to Bowl & Pitcher
| What: This is an interesting
ride in that one can take different routes each time you do it. There is a military
reservation out here, but just try to avoid it you won't be shot riding through it. If you
keep veering right at each turn you will probably shorten the ride which could last from
30 minutes to an hour and a half. The ride is about 5-6 miles in length. I was impressed
with the size of Riverside State Park here. This park has more rangers than Mt. Spokane
because so many people come into it from the city.
| Where: Method#1:
Get a ride to T.J.Meenach bridge going west over it and down to Government Way and take a
right turn there and drive north until the road turns into Trail Road. Stay on Trail Road
until you have climbed to the top of the basalt cliffs and keep going until you can take a
right turn on a road named Old Trail Road. Go down this road for a few miles past a rock
quarry to a state park sign at a small parking lot. This is fire-gate 23. You could go
down this road right, but I like the next gates better. There is a gravel road here that
goes downhill towards Bowl & Pitcher. I have been assured by rangers that this road is
open to us mountain bikers. This starting place allows lots of decisions, but all lead to
the river where you can pick up the Centennial Trail, or other trails back south to Bowl
& Pitcher. Go further to fire-gate 24 for my favorite ride.
47º 43' 759" W 117º 32' 404" There are lots of trails going off that
are interesting, but I will here describe my favorite. Follow the cliff double-track until
you see a trail that dips down and immediately back up to another d-track. Take the dip to
the d-track and follow it and keep taking roads to the left so to stay on the cliff edge
which is a nice view, but don't take any left handers that go down the hill until you see
a nice single-track trail going directly down to the left. Across the d-track you are on
from the s-track see the tree with white marker paint directing you. (We might as well use
the sign now that someone has decided to paint the tree) (Don't paint the trees). This
trail arcs down quickly for quite a ways. Be careful. At this point, keep to the right as
much as possible. You will come to a hill which you will have to climb straight up, then
straight down on nice s-track. Lots of s-track now through the burnt forest, and if you
are lucky you will come out right at the highway and upon crossing it take the s-track
down the last cliff right into the Bowl & Pitcher. Method#2:
Further down the road is firegate 26 and this is another fun one.
47º 43' 861" W 117º 32' 484"
| Cautions: This is very easy
going on two rut dirt roads. Every once in a while the road quality will degrade into one
ridable rut. Some of the trails are very steep going down so that they would be difficult
for anyone but an expert. Hike a bike is not a sin. I managed on a sharp downhill to miss
the turn and flew over the handle bars, landing on my camelback pack, my favorite. Many of
these trails are steep and/or rocky so I would not bring young inexperienced children
along unless you want to teach them about how to hike-a-bike at the right times.
| List: Water, tools, first aid,
& compass if you need.