We’ve received no information to dissuade us from taking the ride over Elk Pass. While the road displays the typical lumps, slumps and cracks that are a year round presence on FR 25, the road is clear of snow and substantially free of debris from “fog line to fog line” per the Forest Service. And SIR volunteer went up there this week and confirms the road appears rideable. A 21 mile stretch is still closed to motor vehicles while the Forest Service completes it’s final winter maintenance, so Cascade 1200 will have the special opportunity to ride this spectacularly beautiful stretch of road car-fee.
Riders are cautioned to take special care to be observant of the road surface at all times, and to reign back their speeds on the descent off Elk Pass. There is no sweep through the 21 mile closed stretch so riders need to be even more vigilant than usual to ensure their own personal safety.
Elk Pass is now free of snow. Yesterday, the Cascade ride organizer spoke with the road engineer for FR25, who reported that the road is clear of snow and debris “fog line to fog line”. However, the gates are still closed to motorized traffic. The road does have slumps, bumps and cracks present, but these hazards are present even when the road is open.
A Cascade volunteer will be taking a ride through the closed section on Tuesday and report back, at which point we will make a final decision. But for now, our operating assumption is that Elk Pass is a GO.
Stay tuned for more details to come.
The RWGPS files have been updated to reflect conditions observed on the pre-ride/pre-drive. Cuesheets for all four days, plus the “Alt Day One” have also been posted. Please visit http://cascade1200.com/route/ to access them.
Thank you for your interest in the Cascade 1200. Registration is now closed. However, there are still opportunities to VOLUNTEER for the event. If you are interested, please complete the Volunteer sign-up questionnaire at this link: http://cascade1200.com/volunteers-needed/