Ride the Willapa 2017

Tour scenic western Lewis County from the seat of a bicycle with this event tailored for families on two wheels in the second-annual Ride the Willapa!

Ride the Willapa 2017, formerly the Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival, will bring riders a total of 44 miles in two days, from Chehalis to Pe Ell and back. Experience the beauty of the forests, rivers and farmland of quiet rural west Lewis County from a trail that once served as a railroad that a century ago brought passengers and freight through the region. This event is geared for the whole family, and you'll find the trail a peaceful and scenic journey that will leave you wanting to come back and explore it again!

Start from the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis on Saturday morning and make your way along 22 miles of easy-going trail toward Rainbow Falls State Park and the town of Pe Ell. Camp overnight for free at the Pe Ell School sports field or drop a few bucks to camp at the state park, then head back into Chehalis the next morning. It's not just about the ride, either, as events such as the Tour De Farms will give you a chance to hop off the bike and explore several local farms on Saturday just six miles in. Further down the trail, Pe Ell's throwing a party for everyone and you're invited to take part in an evening of live music, stargazing and much more before you turn in for the night!

New to the event this year is the Rainbow Falls Campout, where you can enjoy dinner on site and pitch a tent not far from the beautiful Chehalis River!

This ride is fully supported with trail monitors along the route, medical support provided by the Lewis County Medical Reserve Corps, and food/water stops sponsored by local community organizations. Bring your luggage and a tent, and volunteers from UPS will truck it on over to Rainbow Falls or Pe Ell -- whichever point you choose to stay the night.

Ride at your own pace, and just enjoy a weekend in the beautiful forests and farmlands of west Lewis County!

Early bird registration is now open for just $30 per rider. For detailed information on the ride, visit the Ride the Willapa website.

June 24-25, 2017 from 7:00am-5:00pm

Places to stay nearby

Best Western Plus Park Place Inn

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $98.00

Candalite Mansion

Centralia, North

Centralia Motel 6

Centralia, North
Starting at: $46.00

Centralia Square Grand Ballroom & Hotel

Centralia, North
Starting at: $80.00

Places to eat nearby

McMenamins Olympic Club & New Tourist Bar

112 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-5164

Sweet Inspirations

514 N. Market Blvd.
Chehalis, WA 98531
(360) 748-7102

Great Cuisine of India

315 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-4258


118 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-0973

Wendy's (Chehalis)

1509 NW Louisiana Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-8320

Hub City Grub

701 Pioneer Way
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 481-6263

Tiki Tap House

404 N. Tower Ave.
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 669-0161

Santa Lucia Coffee

202 S. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-9600

Upcoming events in the area


Saturday, July 29, 2017 - All Day

2017 Euro Summer Midway Meet

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00am

Southwest Washington Fair

August 15-20, 2017 from 10:00am-7:00pm