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Bicycles rule North Cascades Highway behind plows

Bicyclistscan follow plows as they work to open U.S. Highway 20 -- the North Cascades Highway -- in March 2013.  (Methow Valley Sport Trails Association)
Bicyclistscan follow plows as they work to open U.S. Highway 20 -- the North Cascades Highway -- in March 2013. (Methow Valley Sport Trails Association)

BICYCLING -- Bicyclists are in that brief once-a-year window of opportunity when the North Cascades Highway west of Winthrop is all theirs -- save fore a few snow plows and Washington Department of Transportation vehicles plowing the pass.

"This is that one time of the year when Highway 20 is a trail," the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association reminds us in a post.
 
WSDOT crews have begun clearing the snow and they are moving fast, says the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.
  • Click here to follow the work to clear the road up and over Washington and Rainy passes.
And if you miss this opportunity, there's always the premier chance to ride behind the plows on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park starting in late April and sometimes running into June.



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