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.