Lake Chelan Tour Lite

A bike rider coasts down a desolate rural valley, with red sumac on one side and a stand of trees on the other

Fri-Sun, April 28-30, 2023.

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Start Location

Don Morse Memorial Park, Chelan (map)



35-50 miles. 1,760 - 5,070 ft. Hilly, with optional epic climbs.

Adult (non-members): $200
Adult (premium members): $180
Youth (18 and under): $40

Reduced rates available (apply here)

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Event Description

Come join us for a weekend of riding around beautiful Lake Chelan. This will be a fun way to start the season with some great rides along the lake, through vineyards and orchards, and in the surrounding canyons. Multiple route distances will be offered each day ranging from 37 miles with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet to 56 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing and will include SAG support with a scheduled food stop during the rides. These rides will cover much of the route used for the Lake Chelan Century Challenge held in late summer, including the signature climb up McNeil Canyon, so use this weekend to test your fitness for one of the most challenging century rides in Washington.

Rides each day will start at Don Morse Park in downtown Chelan with a group briefing. You are not required to ride each day, but please check in at the start for each day that you do ride.


Registration opens: March 1 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

Registration closes: Sunday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. 

Registration is not available in-person on the day of the event. Please register in advance.

200 rider limit.


Each day has options for short cuts.

We encourage you to wait until the day before the event to download these maps to your preferred device for easy access on the day of the event. 

Printed cue sheets are available at the start line. The route is marked with navigational markings on the road surface.

Event Schedule

Friday Opens Closes
Rider Check-In 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Course Support 8:30 a.m. 3 p.m.
Vin du Lac Social 5 p.m. --
Rider Check-In 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Course Support 8:30 a.m 3 p.m.
Stormy Mountain Social 5 p.m. --
Rider Check-In 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Course Support 8:30 a.m 3 p.m. (or last rider off road)

Friday | Manson Loop

This is a challenging but scenic ride through vineyards and orchards on the north side of Lake Chelan above the town of Manson, with options ranging from 37 to 42 miles. For those interested in more climbing, we will include three major hills including a beautiful ride up to Echo Valley, the local ski hill, for a total elevation gain of 3,800 feet. Update: Blueberry Hills pie stop will not be available this year.

Saturday | McNeil Canyon

The highlight of this route is the ascent of McNeil Canyon, a 6-mile climb from the Columbia River rising to 3,100 feet, followed by a ride down the Columbia River for a pie stop at Lone Pine Bakery. There are various routes. You can choose 40 or 56 miles with an elevation gain of 5,100 feet. There will also be a shorter alternative for those who would prefer to avoid McNeil Canyon.

Sunday | Navaree Coulee

This is a 50-mile loop that includes two significant climbs and a total elevation gain of 2,900 feet. Starting in Chelan, we will ride up Knapp Coulee and then descend down to the Columbia River. The route then climbs back up Navarre Coulee where we will have some spectacular views of Lake Chelan, then down to Lake Chelan State Park for a rest stop. We will then continue up lake for several miles, turning around at 25 Mile State Park. The route back will follow the lake shore to Chelan. A shorter route of 30 miles is also available.


Everyone is welcome at Cascade events. We are committed to celebrating and promoting diversity in the bicycling community. We aim to provide safe spaces at start lines, finish lines, and official rest stops. Read our commitment to anti-racism and our participant code of conduct and grievance policy.

We would like to acknowledge that our rides take place on native land. Our offices are located on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present.

Food & Breaks

Lunches are provided. You can refill your water and electrolyte bottles and enjoy light snacks that will power you for the second half of the ride. Fare includes energy bars, chips, nuts, fruit, and sandwiches from local caterers.

Gluten free and vegan snacks and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are available.

You'll also enjoy a pie stop on Day 2. Pick up your free pie ticket at the morning meeting.

We'll organize social events at local wineries and restaurants on Friday and Saturday evening, but you'll pick up your own tab.

Where to Stay

Campbell's Resort

When you register, we'll send you instructions for booking at Campbell's Resort. Our official host, the resort is located just half a mile from the starting point in Don Morse Memorial Park.

Other Hotels

Support During the Ride

This ride is supported by Cascade staff and volunteers.

Support and gear (SAG) vehicles are present on the route and dispatched when you call the ride support hotline. SAG vehicles can transport you and most models of bikes in the event of a mechanical or minor medical event. You should always call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.


Wear layers and be prepared for a chance of rain and undulating spring temperatures.

Get your bike tuned up and in shape to ride in slick, rainy, low-visibility conditions. Bring front and rear lights, install fenders, service your brakes, and clean your chain.


E-bikes of all classes are permitted on this ride, as the route is entirely along public roads. 


To help you prepare for this ride, you can check out our extensive schedule of Free Group Rides in the Puget Sound area. Find rides that fit your schedule and desired pace and distance.