"Just bloody amazing. Over-the-top fantastic. This was a trip of a lifetime!" Christine van der Hoek, CAD
 

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Cascadia, PNW, Washington, The Cascades, Puget Sound, Seattle. Home of the douglas firs, orca whales, bald eagles, wild white-water rivers, strong coffee, countless IPAs and UNBELIEVABLE MOUNTAIN BIKING!

This exclusive 7-day ride tells the tale of the Cascade Range, with lush rainforests and giant Douglas Firs on one side, and subalpine terrain filled with rocky goodness on the other. The riding here is not easily equaled, nor is the awesome, tight knit mountain biking community, and there is more world-class trail than you can shake a dropper post at.

 

Get ready to fill your lungs with pristine air, your bellies with amazing food  and your camera roll with incredible memories.

 

Plus, for those looking to fly in without the hassle of packing your bike, we've partnered with Giant Bicycles to offer you great trail bikes for the week (included in our price). It's time for you to let loose in the PNW!

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You love a variety of fast and flowy riding mixed in with rocky, janky, technical trails to keep you on your toes. You can handle extended time climbing and don’t mind hopping off the bike for the occasional push so you can see the best views and gain access to the higher elevation trails that are more technical, challenging and fun. You like to play with your bike and look for the extra tech lines littered with roots or hidden doubles. You're up for some long climbs, but you really love the shuttle days so you can let loose and squeeze in some extra laps. You have strong bike handling skills and master cornering techniques, but you're always looking to push your skills and grow as a rider. You love tacky dirt and loam and rocks and clay and sand and anything else you can get under your tires. After all, these mountains and terrain are a mountain biker's paradise.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    Strong Intermediate 6/9

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,695 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    6/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $539 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    7 days
  • DATES

    SEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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day 1. arrival, Duthie MTB Park & grand ridge 

Welcome to Seattle! We'll pick you up in the morning either at the airport, in downtown Seattle or in Issaquah before heading to our headquarters to get you fitted on your Giant Trance (unless you opt to bring your own bike). Once bikes are tuned and ready to go, we will load up and head to Duthie MTB park, our central hub for local trails created by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the largest mountain bike club in the North America. This mountain bike park is the perfect spot to get started and warmed up. We'll explore the best combo of trails then connect to the adjacent trail network, Grand Ridge for a beautiful climb and descent into the valley floor of the Issaquah Alps for a well-deserved lunch.

 

After lunch, we’ll hop in the shuttle for a 10-minute ride to Raging River. This new MTB park is host to Washington’s most popular trail - Poppin’ Tops - a fast and flowy roller-coaster ride that always brings out the smiles. With over 30 jumps on the way down, you’ll want to get in a second lap. Back to the van for a MTB tradition, parking lot “pops”, before heading to our lodging for the first 3 nights at the Pali Hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle. Once everyone is settled in, we'll head over to the Pink Door for food, drinks and an in-depth look at the amazing week ahead!

 

Please note: for anyone looking for a more flexible first day of the tour, we will have shuttle drivers doing mid-day pickups at the airport and will help you catch up with the group.

 

Day 2.  Tiger mountain

After a hearty breakfast downtown, we'll head to the mountain biking mecca that is Tiger Mountain. Tiger has been host to legal mountain bike trails for over 30 years now. As a testbed for different trail building styles, it’s the starting point for much of the access to build new trails throughout the region. As with many rides in the region, it’s bound to start with a climb. We'll ascend a combination of trails and if the air is clear, we'll be greeted to epic views of Mt Rainier, the city of Tacoma, South Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. You will, no doubt, have the obligatory Tiger top conversation with the other riders on the top, "what's your line down"? OTG! then?

 

Riding Tiger is so rich! From the first punch out of the gate on top, you will have Mt. Rainier in your scope but it will disappear almost immediately as you are diving deep into the woods. Diagonal roots, perfectly built corners, flow when you want flow, kickers when you want to get off the ground. If you open up your riding, you can see what the trail artists had in mind and you start to trust there will be that backside when you need it. But if you put your guard down, the Tiger will bite! Everything on the hill is a challenging. The combination of routes is endless and there aren't 10 feet of "B" grade trail on the hill.   All grade “A” singletrack. 

 

Mountain biking in the Cascades is Sacred. As you enter Zen state of mind, you will be accompanied by many bridges over calming small waterfalls, lush fern floors, morel mushrooms in the first part season changing to boletes and chanterelles in the later part of summer. There are a few reminders of the douglas fir's reign, but you must know just where to look. As the local’s say, “The trees are the view”.

 

A full day on tiger will leave an impression. Now head back to Seattle and out to Alki Beach for dinner at Salty’s for what has been called “One of the world’s great view restaurants” and great local cuisine.

 

day 3.  journey back in time

Breakfast at the hotel. Join an early yoga session and get your fill of premium coffee. Today we'll head out to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River for a change of pace. The river road gives us access to a deep river valley with peaks towering thousands of feet above us. We'll begin our ride on a double track that will take us past waterfalls, next to crystal clear river pools, sheer granite cliffs, and old growth trees dating back to a time prior to the European migration to North America.

 

We'll climb to the very edge of the wilderness and have a picnic lunch in the upper subalpine region before crossing a river and hitting singletrack all the way back down. The trail is so remote and the vegetation so lush, the trail will seem to disappear for moments. This trail will take us through a piece of forest that is home to some of the largest trees on earth, and you'll swear you're in Jurassic Park.

 

Day 4. the dry side of the cascades

Today will begin in the early morning. We'll load up our bikes and luggage and head to what the locals call, “The Dry Side” of the state. We'll drive over Snoqualmie Pass and head for the Teanaway Valley for something very different. We'll begin our ride in a subalpine transition forest and make our way through white pines, ponderosas and douglas firs. The dirt here is very different with more sand and quartz making for looser terrain. As we ride above the tree line, we'll gain views to the North of the amazing Mt. Stuart which is the crown jewel of the Enchantments. After a traverse around the backside, we'll have a long descent all the way down to the greener forests near the Teanaway River.

 

Time for our second  accommodation of the week; a beautiful, spacious lodge all to ourselves, equipped with all the amenities a mountain biker might look for. We'll have loads of space to stretch out and talk about war stories of the trails gone by. For dinner, we'll enjoy a special BBQ feast at the house and dine on a delicious homemade meal on the deck! Feel free to hop in the pool or hot tub, and cheers to an amazing day.

 

day 5. northern exposure

Welcome to Roslyn! Roslyn, WA is the setting of the TV series Northern Exposure, and worth exploring. After another tasty breakfast, you'll have options for how you'd like to spend the day. For some, sitting and relaxing by the lake will be the ticket. If you have more legs and would like another ride, there’s a local favorite called Rat Pack. Or, have a change of pace and head to the beautiful Cooper Lake for a cold alpine swim. Other activities could include going shopping, bourbon tasting or checking out the historic cemetery in town.

 

Roslyn has a wonderfully cozy, happy vibe to it. It’s too easy to fall in love with this small town. When it’s time to wind down you will have your pick of restaurants and see what Friday night in Roslyn looks like. You might be surprised by what the town with the oldest bar in the state can turn into. One word: fun!

 

day 6. Swauk Pass

Today’s ride is not one you will find in any guide book. This is a very special route that very few have tackled. We'll start with a shuttle most of the way up Table Mountain. Once out of the shuttle, you will still have a hard climb to make it to the top of the ridge. The ride will take you through sparse meadows of late balsamroot flower and lupine. We'll pass sandstone spires, old high subalpine forest and the edge of dramatically exposed cliffs. The view will reach to Mt. Rainier in the Southwest, Glacier mountain to the North, Stewart to the North West and countless other peaks reaching hundreds of miles.

 

This incredible route has a lot of descending, however, it’s not all “free” as there are several double climbs throughout the ride. After traversing the exposed cliffs carved from the Mission Creek, we'll find some technical singletrack and turn up the speed. We’ll descend along a ridge and make our way to the east end of the original Blewitt pass road where we will find our shuttle rig and nice lunch spread.

 

After lunch we will hitch a ride back up most of the hill and setup for a second ridge run. While shorter than the AM ride, we still have a climb from the top of the road to find the high alpine region. The wicked fast descent will take us back into the Teanaway River valley from two days prior. Hop in the van, shuttle back to the lodge and get ready for another great dinner hosted by your guides.

 

day 7. Raging river

Eat, pack up and grab a coffee for the road. We are headed west back over the mountains to finish something we started. We are headed for a full ride on Raging River. We'll climb to the top of the mountain and find the backside of the trail network to dig deep into the skill pack for a very challenging descent.  After a steep climb back to the ridge,  it's time to head down. We will start with  a small part of the climbing trail we used to gain access to the ridge then test out a brand new DH trail that will take us back to Poppin Tops. From  here you can decide if you'd like to descend   the awesome flow trail  for a true test of skills. 

 

Lunch will be a delicious BBQ in the park. When we're done, it's time for a big round of hugs and high fives then give you a lift to your hotel of choice. It's been a slice!

  • All ground transportation, including to and from hotel of choice before and after the ride
  • Bike assembly and breakdown by professional mechanics
  • All meals with the exception of 2 dinners
  • All accommodations in cozy lodges and backcountry cabins
  • A Giant Trance Advanced Pro trail bike with your name on it
  • 4:1 Rider to Guide ratio with incredibly fun guides and Sacred Rides staff

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Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

John Wendl
Born and raised on the east coast of the United States, I learned to ride bikes at a very young age. I’ve been on 2 wheels pretty much my whole life. Starting with BMX racing and freestyle competition which eventually led to mountain bikes in the late 80’s. I’ve competed in XC, Enduro and...[more] Tiger Mountain

Matt Paul
Matt - aka 'Miracle Matt' - grew up amid the wheat fields of Eastern Washington. An avid cyclist, he worked as a bike messenger in Seattle for a handful of years (stories from those years include racing an indoor figure 8 velodrome with Run-D.M.C. on the stage.) He spent a decade building...[more] Coming soon!

Meredith Wires
I appreciate any activity that lets me breathe fresh air and marvel at the natural world. After a few years of outdoor guiding, mostly sea kayaking and hiking trips, I discovered mountain biking and fell in love. I started mountain biking in 2009 and now I grab my bike whenever the mood strikes -...[more] Coming soon!

Nate Lessnick
Like most of us here, I fell in love with the outdoors and riding a bike at an early age. Joining the Sacred Rides crew in 2012 has allowed me to combine my passions for traveling, mountain biking and building one awesome company. Perhaps the greatest satisfaction I get is seeing people live their...[more] My Sacred Ride would have to be the amazing Kirwan's Track in New Zealand. There's nothing quite like the feeling of descending 1100 metres through various ecozones, from rugged...
Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Wil & Sacred Seattle Ride
Tiger Mountain
Pacific Northwest
Wild and Sacred Seattle

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 4 hours 24 km 457 m 548 m 329 m
2 6 hours 32 km 762 m 762 m 864 m
3 6 hours 45 km 853 m 853 m 824 m
4 6 hours 19 km 944 m 944 m 1805 m
5 4 hours 24 km 609 m 609 m 1883 m
6 7 hours 76 km 975 m 2499 m 1883 m
7 5 hours 28 km 0 m 2743 m 1075 m
Totals 38 hours 248 km 4600 m 8958 m 1883 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$0.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$650.00 USD
2020
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Sunday, June 28, 2020 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), 10 am Saturday, July 4, 2020 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), 6 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
Sunday, August 16, 2020 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), 10 am Saturday, August 22, 2020 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), 6 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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