Inside Mount Rainier National Park, cyclists can enjoy bicycling that is both challenging and scenic. The ride up to Sunrise is certainly a thigh-burner, but the sights along the way are worth the effort. Keep in mind bicycles are allowed on park roads, however not permitted off road on trails. Also be sure to note, park roads are narrow, winding and have unpaved shoulders.
One of our favorite things is to ride up to Sunrise or Chinook Pass before and after the road is open to cars. Keep an eye on the Road Conditions page for Mt. Rainier National Park for projected opening and closing dates.
3 Day RIOT (Rainier In Only Three)
Day 1: Crystal Mountain Boulevard to Paradise; 40 miles and 6,500 ft. of climbing
Day 2: Paradise to Packwood; 40 miles and 2,000 ft. of climbing
Day 3: Packwood to Crystal Mountain Boulevard; 34 miles and 3,400 ft. of climbing.
Other Road Biking Options
- Crystal Mt. Boulevard to Cayuse Pass; 7 miles, 2,300 ft. elevation gain
- Cayuse Pass to Chinook Pass; 3 miles, 700 ft elevation gain
- Crystal Mountain Boulevard to Sunrise: 21 miles, 3,600 ft elevation gain.
Sunrise Road is accessible by bike anytime the road is free of snow, even if vehicle traffic is gated.
RAMROD 2016 – Thursday, July 28
Ride Around the Mountain in One Day — better known as “RAMROD” is a one day riding event, by registration only. The course begins in Enumclaw and takes riders through the rolling hills near Eatonville, Elbe and Ashford before entering the Mount Rainier National Park at the Nisqually Entrance. You’ll be challenged by three climbs: a 12 mile ascent to Inspiration Point (4,850 ft.), the 3 mile Backbone Ridge climb and the challenging 9-mile Cayuse Pass ascent (4,694 ft.). For more information, click here.