Century: Kent to Mt. Rainier and Back!
Previously known as "Erin's Back and Out Century"
[100.5 Miles, 2460 feet total elevation gain]
T-Shirt by John Chu
This ride was usually held in late June by Erin Laine (and Bill) and it's social
pace and marvelous route placed it among my favorite rides. Also
the fact that I could ride a century (albeit one a year) on my "white klunker" brought me a lot of joy!
I have led the ride with Dan Hershman in 1999 on
Sunday August 8.
In 1997 and(
I led the ride
with Dan Hershman
riding my new Bianchi Eros with a bit faster pace! It's still enojoyable and one of my favorite rides.
It goes from the "lowlands" of Kent to a gradual ascent (we do go to the
base of Mount Rainier!) which some folks (DH) insist should be called
HILLY. It ends up at Carbon River ranger station (which has been closed
since 1996 - no water!)
and concludes with a marvelous descent
(remember there was an ascent). Ride is long (it is 100 miles at a social
pace) and usually ends around 6 or 7 PM.
In 1997 5 riders did it (weather
was quite foreboding), in 1996 - 18 and in 1995 - 7. In 1998, the weather was hot (a bank thermometer in Auburn read 97 degrees) and we had 25 riders. (22 did the full century!)
In 1999, there were 34 riders and the weather was "perfect" - cloudy in low
70's for first half, 80's and sunny for the last half/quarter.
- Meet in Kent
parking lot at 8AM
- Meander through urban sprawl (low grade) to Sumner
- Meander somemore to Orting and South Prarie
- Start climbing to Wilkison and Carbonado - Enjoy the views!
- Reach the Carbon River Ranger Station (1,830 feet elevation) and
have a lunch and brief pause. If you can stand the cold, wade in the
glacial river! Be glad you brought water as there is no drinking water!
- Descend 2460 feet back to Wilkison!
- Proceed to Black Diamond through Buckley
- Go to Auburn on the lush rolling Green River Valley road
- Return to Kent and
Last update: 6/27/04