Ride: Klickitat Explorer
Organizer: John Kramer 509-493-2474 and Susan France 503-628-7324
Date: September 9, 2006
Start Time: 5:30am
Note: Oregon Randonneurs membership is required for this event. You can download a membership form and bring it with you.
Start Location: Columbia River Gorge Hostel, Bingen, WA
Directions: From Portland Oregon, Follow I-84 east to Hood River. Take exit 63 and turn left to the Hood River Toll Bridge. Cross the Columbia River to WA SR 14. Turn right and go east for about 1 mile to Bingen. Go three blocks psat the SR 15 junction and turn left (north) on Cedar Street. Go one block to Humbolt Street. The hostel parking lot is just past Humbolt on the right.
Pre-ride Report: From John, this PDF contains control to control route descriptions, elevation profiles, photos, map, cue sheet, and a listing of places to stay in the area.
Twilight Start/End: 6:07/19:59
Lunar Stage: Waning gibbous (94% visible)
Elevation Gain: 14,000 feet (estimate)
The Klickitat Explorer is a giant loop circling much of the sparse populated Klickitat County. The ride starts at Daubenspeck park in Bingen Washington. From Bingen. the ride follows SR 14 east, rolling gently along the Columbia River to Alderdale Road. Alderdale road climbs gently north to Glade Road and finally to SR 22 at Mabton. The route follows SR 22 to the outskirts of Topenish where it turns South and follows US 97 over Satus pass to Goldendale. At Goldendale the route turns west and follows SR 142 to the Glenwood Road and on to Glenwood. From Glenwood, the route turns southwest and rolls gently down along the BZ road to BZ Corners and SR 141. There are only several small hills remaining on SR 141 between BZ Corners and the end of the ride at Daubenspeck Park.