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@BikeRiderHat’s Abnormal Ride Series-Windy Ridge Viewpoint/17 mph/83 mi/9350'/RL Dennis Hatton/8AM

Length: 83 miles
Pace: 17 mph
Terrain: Significant 
Elevation: 9,350 feet
Ride Type: Non-Group
Cancelation GuidelinesSteady rain or showers or foggy conditions


UPDATED - We will have sag support provided by Mary Ann Teague.

Please read and understand the warnings below.

About the abnormal ride series - I have been told that I am an abnormal rider. I can live with that, and this series will celebrate that. This series will be rides that are atypical of our normal club rides. The rides may be very scenic and/or long and/or hilly and/or out of the area. Or they may just be silly fun. You be the judge.

About this abnormal ride – This is a ride on paved forest roads to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint in the Mt. St. Helens National Monument. This is a long ride with long climbs and descents. This route rides north along the east side of the mountain until turning southwest to the viewpoint.  There are many scenic views of Mt. St. Helens. After the route heads southwest towards the viewpoint, it enters the area blasted by the eruption in 1980.  Now, 42 years after the eruption, see how the area has changed since all the trees were blown down.  There are views down to Spirit Lake. There are side views into the crater and the lava dome which formed there. 
This is a different route than the Tour de Blast that you may be familiar with.

1. This is a long ride with almost 10,000 feet of climbing.  Make sure this is a ride you can do!  This would be a ride for someone who rides century rides with significant climbing.
2. There are no services along the route (at least when I last did this 10 years ago).  You must carry enough food and water to do the entire ride.  For me that will be two large bottles plus a hydration pack.  If you have a water filter you can likely filter water at miles 25 and 57.
3. We will have a support vehicle driven by Mary Ann Teague.  You will be able to have her carry items for you.  However, be aware that the sag vehicle may not be close by at any given point.
4. Forest roads may not be maintained well.  There can be potholes, dips, bumps, and other obstructions and hazards which may be hard to see and avoid.
5. It is unlikely that there will be cell phone coverage or data coverage for any portion of the ride.

Ride Policies

Faster or slower riders are welcome but be prepared to ride on your own. 

All registered riders are welcome and may depart at any time to ride their own pace and distance; please let the ride leader know if you leave the group.

Please, no drafting if you don't know the rider in front of you.


This ride is rated at 17mph on a flat road, but there are few flat roads. But that will give you an idea of the energy output for the planned pace.

It is listed as a non-group ride.  But there may be sub-groups of similar ability that ride together.


Registration is required and almost always free to both members and non-members. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register for this event.


RWGPS Link: 
Prior to the ride, please download the route for offline use on your phone or cycle computer.  It is unlikely you will be able to connect online while on the ride.


  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to be a part of the announcements and safety briefing.
  • Riders are expected to have read the Safe Riding Policy and be familiar with the Ride Style Definitions.
  • Please direct questions to the ride leader orRoad Captain.
  • Helmets are required. Lights (front and rear), RoadIDs and cell phones are recommended.
  • Please complete an ABC Quick Check prior to arriving at the start (air, brakes, chain and crank; quick releases and a short ride to make sure all is working properly). And an ABC Quick Check once again at the start.
  • Riders should be able to maintain the stated pace. Please communicate with the leader if you decide to go off route or not return to the start.
  • Remember - we want to be awesome representatives for cycling and spread a love for our great sport locally by obeying all traffic laws and riding in a safe and courteous manner. Ride safely and have fun!

Sunday, September 25, 2022, 8:00 AM
Pine Creek Information Station
Hwy 90
Cougar, WA  98616

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Dennis L Hatton
360-606-8940 (p)
Club Ride
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