Find Road Cycling Loops that take you down magnificent scenic byways and quiet country roads
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. – Albert Einstein
Northeast Washington is being discovered as a world-class road biking destination. Spectacular mountain panoramas, bucolic valley landscapes, and miles of stunning lake vistas provide the backdrop for an endless variety of road cycling loops and challenging climbs. The area offers countless route choices for every level of road cyclist. Northeast Washington offers a variety of road biking opportunities unlike any other region in North America.
Northeast Washington has multiple rides for every road biker, regardless of ability. You can ride short or long. You can ride easy or hard. Soft peddle long or short loops over relatively level valley routes winding through fields, pastures and woodlands, with mountain ridges always looming above.
For hardcore climbers, there are multiple steep mountain challenges with the reward of magnificent vistas awaiting at the summit. From Colville the ride possibilities are endless. You can embark upon multiple 15 mile “lunchtime” loop rides or you can spend the day in the saddle on multiple loops of all distances and difficulty levels. Whatever your biking desire is on a particular day, you will find your ride in Northeast Washington.
For road biking, Hwy 395 generally has a smooth, six to eight foot shoulder. Hwy 20 generally has a three foot shoulder, and is traveled by hundreds of long distance cyclists on their way across the country on US Bike Route 10. By urban standards these highways are lightly traveled. Nonetheless, in planning your routes, these highways are busier and can generally be avoided in favor of the hundreds of miles of less traveled back country roads that meander through the valleys, benches, prairies and drainages of Northeast Washington.
However, if you need or wish to go on Hwy Hwy 395 or Hwy 20, they are safe, smooth, generally flat and fast. When traveling on Hwy 395 south of Colville, chose Old Hwy Arden, Old Hwy 12 Mile, and McLain as segments which veer off and run parallel with and back onto the highway. Northwest of Colville, most riders prefer bucolic Greenwood Loop to get to Kettle Falls rather than Hwy 395/20. Hwy 20 east of Colville can generally be avoided on side roads for the first 10 miles.
The most challenging climbs are on the paved county roads over the Huckleberry Range, which are generally steeper than the highway passes. Even the valley rides have undulation and variety. There are plenty of easy rides, but there will always be a grade that will get your heart pumping. For climbers and strong riders who want a challenge, there are numerous short and long climbs on which you can “knock yourself out”.
The area is served by cellular service throughout, however in some canyons or low points service may be spotty, but if you climb “to the top” service is generally good.
Lodging is available in Colville, Kettle Falls, and Chewelah and there is a bike hostel on Hotchkiss Rd about 5 miles southeast of Colville. The Stevens County Fairgrounds (three blocks from downtown Colville) has camping. Numerous NPS campgrounds along Lake Roosevelt have water, rest rooms and may have vending machines. There are resorts on Waitts Lake and at Lake Gillette at the Little Pend Oreille lakes.
You must understand that there is not going to be a convenience store at every intersection. These roads are so pristine and so lightly traveled because this is rural America. There will be stretches where you will be on your own. Plan accordingly.
Maps are available for the “Colville Loop”, “Colville North”, and “Colville South”. Each map allows you to easily navigate your intended route, and to make informed adjustments along the way.
Select a county above, or choose from the list of road biking loops below for maps and more information.
Around the Mountain
Blue Creek Loop
Circle the Basin
The Colville Loop
Double Huckleberry Treat
Flat Creek Loop
Gold Creek Loop
Inchelium Ferry Loop
Jump Off Joe Journey
Kettle Falls Ride
Marble Valley Loop
Northport Aladdin Loop
Onion Creek Loop
Tiger Kitt Loop
Twin Summits Loop
Waitts Lake Lollipop