Each year, Mt Rainier, Washington’s tallest mountain, draws thousands of
climbers who attempt to reach its 14,411 ft (4,434 m) peak. In fact, there are
so many of them roping and pulleying their way to the top, park officials
issue plastic bags so human waste can be packed down the mountain on llamas.
If you’d like to experience the incredible Scenery of America’s fifth oldest
national park, but would prefer to stick to your standard exhaust system, this
DH answers the call. Twisting like an intestine from start to finish, the road
comes from the west on an even, steadily essing climb through old forest. It
then breaks out among the clouds, traversing a precariously Engineered route
along rocky, steep-sided slopes before exiting the park and flowing south
through even taller trees to its intersection with mid-DH7 Packwood - Naches
(Yakima) (Hwy 12). Traffic can be a crap shoot here, so sunny holiday weekends
are probably not the best time to go. And whatever you do, yield for llamas.
"Don't even bother to hope for an enjoyable experience during tourist season. We had miles and miles of extremely slow moving pylons that took major efforts to get past. Up at Paradise, the rode splits so there's two separate lanes of one-way travel. This made taking some of the curves a little more aggresively less of a gamble as we knew there'd be nobody coming in the opposite direction. At some points, there was obvious construction... at others, frost heaves made it feel as if we were riding our VTXs on a dirt track! HUGE bumps (at one point, my partner's bike left the ground, and I was too close behind to keep mine from doing the same!). Still a lot of fun... shoot to try it on a weekday morning... avoid the cars! That would make this a whole lot more
fun!"--B "Grinch" Francis