Sunrise MT Rainier
After a long spell of poor weather we started getting some
sun. I spend a week staining my decks and doing other items on my
"Honey Do" list and today was a day for riding. The
weather brought us low morning clouds that were destined to burn off
and unleash a sunny day in the low 70's. Today was "Me" time and I
decided for a solo ride.
After throwing a couple of pork butts on my
smoker and putting it on auto pilot I packed and saddled up my
Suzuki B-king. I departed Tacoma at 8:30 AM riding down along the
Ruston Way water front and on to hwy 705. I decided to take the
Puyallup River Rd. into Puyallup where I turned left crossing the
main street bridge and the I took the on ramp onto Hwy 167. The air
was feeling a bit cooler and I was wearing a air jacket in hopes for
the sun to appear. I took the SR 410 exit and road 13.3 miles to
Enumclaw where I fueled up my B-King and let blood flow back into my
Once back on SR 410 I rode
17.8 miles of SR-410 most of which we paralleled the White River
and brought me through the Federation Forest into Green water. The
sun burned through the clouds and it was sunny skies. Before
entering Greenwater I made a stop along the river to enjoy the
scenery. If you have not ridden through this area I always recommend
making stops to enjoy the surroundings and maybe get a peak at some
of the wildlife lurking in the area. There was allot of flow to the
river and in some areas they were not allowing swimming and tubing
due to the heavy flow and cold water temperatures. Green Water is a
good place to stop and rest as well as grab anything you may wish to
eat or drink along the way.
next 25.6 miles I rode paralleling the White River and into the MT.
Rainier National Forest. The Roads ere better this year. They had
done a pretty good job of repairs and patches. Once in the forest I enjoyed the twists and turns as
made my way past Ghost lake and up towards the pass.
The turn off to Sunrise Rd. was a welcome site. It's been a year
since I have ridden it. This rode was 15.3 miles of riding bliss!
There were a great mix of tree lined straits, twisties, hair pin
turns and switchbacks. Some of these turns are extreme hair pin
turns. Every time I ride this I'm blown away by the beautiful
scenery. Every time I know we are lucky to be living in Washington
state as it's loaded with this kind of riding opportunities. While
carving my way through the turns I was very please with the handling
of my B-king. These bikes didn't take off in the US as most are into
the Cruisers, Full touring or sport bikes. There wasn't a big
following of naked street fighter bikes. This is not the case in
Europe where the bulk of the B-king's were sold. All I know is it's
a force to be reckoned with and aint no slouch boasting 165 HP at
the rear wheel. I kept it humble most of the way but gave it a
couple of bursts of throttle that reminded me just how hard the
thing pulls. I was smiling ear to ear too!
far from Sunrise is the Sunrise view point. There is a parking lot
and some trails to walk. This is an interesting view point as you
get two perspectives. There is a view south over the peaks of the
foot hills with MT St. Helens perched up just above them. Pretty
cool! To the north, Sunrise Lake is nestled down in the valley
ringed by a tree lined ridge. The water has an aluminous green color
to it which gives it an amazing look. Bring your camera!
From this point it was just a few more miles to
Sunrise Visitor Center. I was starting to encounter a bit more snow
on the roadside but not huge walls of snow like when they first open
this. I was surprised that it wasn't that busy for a weekend. I took
the opportunity to poke around and take some pictures. Allot of
folks were up there to day hike. After a very enjoyable visit, I
headed back down the mountain and was treated to some more amazing
views of the mountain as it was at my back on the ride up. When I
reached the end of the Sunrise Rd. I decided to ride on up to
Chinook pass just to see how much snow was on the ground. There was
till a fair amount as you will see in the pictures but not allot.
ride home was relaxing as I carved my way through the twists and
turns and left the National Forest. I took SR 410 and then the
Auburn Enumclaw Rd through Auburn then Hwy 18 to I5 and then 509 to
705. Not much to tell you here except as always, the ride along the
Tacoma Water front was very nice. When I pulled into my driveway I
could smell the aroma of pork smoking out back. After a couple more
hours of smoking and 1 hour of cooling off I pulled some amazing
pork! Some onions buns, beans and BBQ sauce and we enjoyed one hell
of a dinner.
Total miles riding was 201 miles in roughly 5
hours. I highly recommend this ride. Bring a camera! Hope you
enjoyed this trip report, pictures and the video.