Check Ride

Field trip: Basic Bikepacking Course

Check Ride - Palouse to Cascades Trail

Shakedown Ride for the Basic Bikepacking Course.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Meeting Place is Cedar Falls Trailhead near Rattlesnake Lake. Time to be determined and announced to course participants ahead of the trip

This is a required one day field trip to do a shakedown of your bikepacking gear (bags and all overnight gear), test ride your loaded bike and gauge your current fitness riding a loaded bike.  Total mileage  planned is 12-18 miles round trip.

At check-in, please be ready to go and show us how you have your bike set up for an overnighter. Instructors will be there to help and provide advice, but it is up to the students to bring the necessary gear and bike attachments.

After everyone has checked in, we will have a trailhead meeting and answer additional questions. We will then ride a few miles along the trail to a nice open area where we will practice setting up camp and using our camping gear. After we eat lunch, we will re-pack our bikes and return to the trailhead parking lot. The ride may include additional mileage along the trail.

The primary objectives are as follows:

  • Practice fitting gear and contents on the bike
  • Feel how the bike handles with overnight gear loaded.
  • Evaluate the gear, the mounting mechanisms, how it handles on the bike
  • Gain an idea how long it takes to pack and unpack
  • Gauge fitness
  • Ride in a group and understand group dynamics
  • Share ideas and gain  feedback from others 


Palouse to Cascades Trail

  • Green Trails Rattlesnake Mtn No. 205S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Your bike and all overnight bikepacking gear.

We will spend some time at the trailhead loading all the gear onto your bike.  Be prepared to ride by the check-in time. It helps to bring gear in large bags (big IKEA bags work great) and maybe a tarp to help organize as you load. If possible, have your bike bags already loaded with gear and ready to install onto the bike. Instuctors will offer help and tips for efficient and safe packing.

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