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All western US states have very diverse landscapes. But I think Washington has the most extreme variabilities within its borders, -landscape and otherwise. A busy rainy seaboard gives way to dry, often dessert like plateaus and valleys further east. The mountains and roads, that connect these areas, have the same variability. The coast is clogged with traffic, while only very few paved roads really climb high into the interior mountains. It's difficult to find day loop rides over paved passes. There just are not that many paved roads. Much of the wild landscape is reserved for animals, horse treckers and helicopter expeditions. But - outside of the wilderness areas which make up many of the most interesting landscapes, there are quite a few forestry roads to ride on, even if the forest service doesn't want you to know about them.




sorted roughly by personal favorites first, within each surface category


COMPLETELY PAVED SUMMITS AND PASSES:
Paradise s(u) - 5420ft- highest two way summit on Mount Rainier
FR99 Bear Meadow s(u) -4110ft-  next to Mount Saint Helens, and a way to get away from possible traffic. It doesn't get any better.
Chinook Pass -5430ft- a great vantage point onto Mount Rainier. This pass reaches 10ft higher than the highest two way summit on Mount Rainier
Cayuse Pass -4675ft- the third in a list of three paved (two way) summits on Mount Rainier. But this one has an optional side trip to the highest paved one way summit on the mountain
Elk Pass -4080ft- a gentle, but very long climb without traffic, and with a few great views onto Mount Saint Helens
White Pass -4501ft- I was lucky enough to get some great distant views of Mount Rainier from this otherwise busy road
Old Blewett Pass -4080ft- This alternate section does more than make "new" Blewett Pass bearable. It makes it very enjoyable
Blewett Pass -4102ft- wide, busy road through forest - thank the god of bicycling, that there is a shoulder

SUMMITS AND PASSES WITH AT LEAST SOME UNPAVED SECTION:
Junior Point s(u) / Shady Pass -6540ft- high pass between Lake Chelan and Entlat River Valley
FR9712 Table Mountain s(u) -6030ft- this high plateau above Wenatchee shows off the transition between dessert and rain forest
FR8410 Slide Ridge s(u) -6120ft- high above Lake Wenatchee in the Chelan Mountains
FR53 Mud Creek s(u) -2850ft- this dirt road was the missing link for my ride over Slide Ridge
Rainy Pass -4600ft- a dirt road climb between Lake Wenatchee and Stevens Pass
FR9718 - 9712 Wenatchee Mountains(sh) -4120ft- this minor summit shows up in some loop ride possibilities

SUMMITS AND PASSES WITH AT LEAST SOME TRAIL SECTION:
TR216D Abraham's Trail s(u) -4860ft- this popular trail on the slope of Mount Saint Helens gets lots of publicity and a corresponding amount of mountain bikers

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