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Upper Grand Coulee Bike Tour

Sun., April 2, 1995

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Distance: 76 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Riding time: 1 - 2 days

Season: March through Nov.

Maps: Delorme’s Washington Atlas and Gazatteer

Bicycle touring trip notes

Access: Begin this triangular route at any of the three points: Wilbur, Coulee City or Grand Coulee, all of which offer grocery stores, motels, campgrounds and restaurants.

Attractions: A low-mileage but challenging bike tour that sandwiches magnificent canyon scenery in the Grand Coulee between two legs of wheat fields. Road shoulders generally wide; traffic reasonably light, especially in spring before Memorial Day and fall after Labor Day. Public campgrounds include Coulee Dam National Recreation Area’s Spring Canyon, plus Steamboat Rock and Sun Lakes state parks. Steamboat Rock is a must-see - a good choice for bike campers who want to make this an overnight tour. Steamboat has overflow camping area for bicyclists who arrive when all other campsites are full. Good hiking atop Steamboat Rock and in Northrup Canyon.

Comments: The big decision: whether to ride the route clockwise or counterclockwise. Go counterclockwise to coast down the steep 3-mile grade to Grand Coulee. Or ride the route clockwise for the likely pleasure of a tailwind for 26 miles between Coulee City and Grand Coulee, especially when riding in the afternoon.

No services are available between Wilbur and Grand Coulee. Few services are available between Electric City and Grand Coulee, although there are several campgrounds and two picnic areas with restrooms. Hartline and Almira both have food. The only bike repair service is in Grand Coulee, a “sometimes open” operation called The Bikeman, (509) 633-3139. Other useful numbers: Chambers of Commerce in Grand Coulee, 633-3074 and Coulee City, 632-5043; Steamboat Rock State Park, 633-1304; Sun Lakes State Park, 632-5583.

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