Washington - Oregon - Idaho - Utah - Colorado 2007

 
 
 
 
 
  

For this holiday we wanted to try riding singletrack in some parts of America we had not visited before. In particular I wanted to go to 3 states we'd not been to before, as In the past I'd read about some great moutain bike trails in those states.

The 3 states I chose were Washington (Mt St Helens), Oregon (Oakridge), Idaho (Sun Valley / Ketchum).

As Idaho does not have any airports where airlines fly direct to the UK, I decided that we would drive down through Utah and then fly out from Denver in Colorado, partly because its a major hassle flying with bikes on connecting flights , but mainly because I wanted to snag an extra 5 days of riding in Colorado once my wife had flown home.

We decided to do our trip at the end of September as from my research the weather appeared to best for riding at that time of year. The holiday was fantastic, with great weather all the time - we only encountered rain on one of our driving days.

The riding was great in all the states but out of all the rides we did one was clearly the best , and that was a ride I had done before the Monarch Crest trail in Colorado. The most Scenic ride we did on the holiday was Ape Canyon -> Plains of Abraham -> Windy Ridge in Washington.

We booked up a direct flight to Seattle and a return flight from Denver with British Airways from London Heathrow, an SUV from Budget. I pre booked all our Hotels up to reaching Idaho, as with only 2 weeks to get from Seattle to Denver our schedule was tightly packed.

We covered a lot of miles 3500 in total driving through through the following states Washington -> Oregon -> Idaho -> Utah -> Colorado.

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We worked to a very tight schedule and squeezed a lot in on the holiday, but this meant I was not able to write up the holiday as we went , and I only managed to find the time to do this web site in January 2008 , and by then i'd forgotten some of the exact details of the holiday.

The guide books that we used for this holiday are listed below

1) Frommers Washington State (ISBN 0-471-76389-6)

2) Frommers Oregon (ISBN 0-471-76388-8)

3) Mountain Biking Orgeon - Northwest and Central Oregon (ISBN 0-7627-2575-3)

4) Mountain Biking Bend (ISBN 1-56044-593-9)

5) Mountain Biking Sun Valley, Idaho (ISBN: 0-7627-4089-2

6) Mountain Biking Park City & Beyond (ISBN 0-9624374-7-6)

7) The Rough Guide to The Rocky Mountains (ISBN: 1-85828-854-1)

8) Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs (ISBN : 0-7645-6209-6)

9) Mountain Bike Summit County & Vail Singletrack (ISBN : 0-9723050-1-7)

10) Frommers Colorado (ISBN 0-676-90216-2)

11) Fruita Fat Tire Guidebook (ISBN 0-9700855-1-6)

12) Mounatin Biking Grand Junction and Fruita (ISBN : 0-7627-1226-0)

As well as the books I used a lot of web sites to find information about where to ride, and got loads of useful advise from local riders using the regional forums on www.MTBR.com

To read more about this holiday click on each day in the left pane, where we have recorded what we got up to on each day. Each picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.

Check out the Holiday Links page for details of useful sites we used for this holiday

DAY 1