RAMROD [Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day], organized by Redmond Cycling Club in Enumclaw, WA, is a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 152 miles with 800 other riders. The event runs annually on the last Thursday of July. RAMROD is open to cyclists of all ages. Please note that if there are riders under 18, they must ride with an adult and register as a group. Registration for the RAMROD lottery begins annually in March.
RAMROD is a unique event with a ride that begins and ends in the same location, Enumclaw High School in Enumclaw, WA. It starts with 40 miles of rolling hills through the towns of Eatonville, Elbe, and Ashford, with a gradual climb to the entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The climb stiffens at Longmire, where riders begin the 12-mile ascent to Inspiration, followed by a 12-mile descent through Stevens Canyon, followed by a quick 3-mile climb to Backbone Ridge. Another descent, the most fun of the course, is a swooping 5-mile run to the Grove of the Patriarchs. The most difficult section of the course is the 9-mile climb up Cayuse Pass, which starts at 100 miles into the ride. The rapid descent from the pass ends with about 30 miles to go. These last miles include a gradual descent with one final, fast descent down Mud Mountain Dam, 9 miles from the finish line.
Along this challenging ride of climbing and descents, there are three main food stops starting with breakfast before the event begins and ice cream when you cross the finish line. For gluten-free meals or snacks, that must be requested in advance. The healthy breakfast is sponsored by Enumclaw Lions Club with a separate donation that goes to both these local community organizations. There are also many local area restaurants open in 2022.
- The Kettle-Cozy, a local diner known for huge breakfasts open every day until 1 pm.
- Griffin & Wells Café – American restaurant with locally sourced ingredients and an online store.
- Rainier Bar & Grill – A favorite stop for locals and perfect after events like RAMROD, open for lunch and dinner.
Camping or RVing is available the night before the ride at nearby State Park campgrounds and RV parks; Green River Gorge Conservation Area and Kanaskat-Palmer State Park. Riders are responsible for their mechanical support, but limited SAG support is available; emergency medical support is also available. There are also many local hotels and indoor resorts.
- Alta Crystal Resort – Local lodging that includes a hot tub and pool.
- Crystal Carriage House – Peaceful resort in the forested landscape that is only 12 miles from Mount Rainer entrance.
- Crystal Mountain Resort – Several options for overnight stays and locations within the various hotels.
See Redmond Cycling Club RAMROD details for your rider packet, available gear, and volunteer information.