Fall Walla Walla Tour Lite

2021 details forthcoming. Check back later for updates.

October, 2021 - Date TBA

Accommodations and meals organized by participants
Rider limit: 150
Tour leader: TBA

This tour is different from other Cascade Club Tours. While we will provide routes, SAG support and a rest stop with snacks, we will not provide accommodations or full meals. In this way we are able to offer an introductory touring opportunity.  

So come along and enjoy a fun long weekend in Walla Walla.

Overview

Come join us for a weekend of riding around beautiful Walla Walla. Experience farm country like never before! You will love the diversity of scenery -- from wheat to wine, Walla Walla is one of the friendliest small towns in America. This will be a fun way to end your cycling season and enjoy nice weather after it turns rainy West of the Cascades. Multiple paces and route distances will be offered.

Rides each day will start near the town of Walla Walla and you are not required to ride each day. The charge per rider for the weekend is for three days of festivities - choose to participate as convenient for you. Accommodations and meals are for riders to organize but post-ride activities will be planned Saturday and Sunday. Stay a while and socialize and enjoy the Walla Walla sun.

Itinerary 

Day 1: Walla Walla - Waitsburg - Dayton Loop / 85 miles / 4060’ (short route: 55 miles / 2440’)

This is a classic Walla Walla favorite. We’ll start at Quirk Brewing and head to Waitsburg. We will have a nice rest stop then continue on to Dayton if the wind/weather is favorable. For those who want fewer miles, turning around in Waitsburg makes for a nice mid-point to the ride. We will enjoy brews and refreshments  at Quirk when we return. Please bring cash for the food truck (which makes awesome tacos!).  

Waitsburg-Dayton Loop on the Walla Walla Tour

Enjoying a beer during a rest stop on the Walla Walla Tour.

 

Day 2: Walla Walla – Milton-Freewater - Touchet Loop / 60 miles / 1960’ (short route: 49 miles / 1450’)

We will start from Feliciana winery and head south to Milton-Freewater, skirting downtown Walla Walla. We’ll have a nice rest stop in Touchet before heading back to the winery for beverages and refreshments. There is no food to purchase after the ride but we will have snacks to share.  This route will feature a nice mix of vineyards, orchards, and wheat fields. 

Note that riders doing the shorter route will not reach the SAG stop in Touchet. We will have bars for you at ride start. There are plenty of food options in Milton-Freewater as well.

Walla Walla Milton Freewater Loop

Farm country along the Walla Walla Tour

Day 3:  Walla Walla East Loop / 32 miles / 1500’ 

This ride will start from Tietan Park and do a nice jaunt around the wheat fields south of Walla Walla proper. This is our last day in beautiful wine country and, as the routes are short, there will be no official SAG stop or support but bars will be available at ride start. Riders hoping to cut mileage can skip the out and back on this route.

Walla Walla East Loop map

Blue skies along the Walla Walla route

What to Expect

WEATHER
Days are likely be mild, but you should also be prepared for both rain and cooler temperatures. Layers are best as mornings will be crisp but days are likely to be warm. Average highs for October are in the 60s, with average lows in the 40s (Fahrenheit).

MEALS
Meals are on your own. Snacks/water will be provided at the mid point of the ride on Saturday/Sunday and post-ride snacks will be provided Saturday/Sunday. No food or support will be provided on Monday.

LODGING

There are many options for accommodations in Walla Walla and surrounding towns. 

 

TRANSPORTATION

If you can safely carpool, we encourage it. The start point for this tour is approximately 4.5 to 5 hours from Seattle.

WINERIES
There are over 150 wineries in Walla Walla. Here is a guide:

Walla Walla Wine Guide
Walla Walla Wine Map

ATTRACTIONS

Palouse Falls

Fort Walla Walla Museum

Walla Walla Symphony

Hiking

LOCAL BIKE RESOURCES
http://allegrocyclery.com/
http://www.bicyclebarn.com/