Explore Lewis County on the Ride the Willapa Bike Ride

May 13, 2024

Lewis County offers a unique blend of natural beauty and outdoor adventures. One such adventure that captures the essence of our scenic region is the annual Ride the Willapa Bike Ride. This event has become a favorite among cyclists of all levels, drawing participants from near and far to experience the charm of rural Lewis County and the beautiful landscapes along the Willapa Hills Trail.

The Willapa Hills Trail is a former railway line converted into a multi-use trail, perfect for cycling, walking, and horseback riding. The trail winds through picturesque farmlands, forests, and alongside the Chehalis River, offering riders a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Ride the Willapa takes place early in the summer each year, this year on June 22–23, 2024. Cyclists gather early in the morning at the Veterans Memorial Museum, just off Interstate 5 Exit 77 in Chehalis. Riders of all ages and skill levels come together, creating a fun-filled summer atmosphere.

Participants have the option to choose from various ride lengths, catering to different preferences and fitness levels. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist looking for a challenging ride or a family seeking a leisurely outing, there’s a route suited for everyone. New this year is a 5-mile Family Fun Ride, a route for families with young kids to enjoy the trail. All routes include rest stops where riders can refuel, enjoy local snacks, and chat with fellow participants.

As cyclists pedal through the Lewis County countryside, they pass by our charming small towns, historic landmarks, and scenic viewpoints. Towns like Chehalis and Pe Ell showcase small-town hospitality, inviting riders to take a break and explore local shops and cafes.

If you’re considering participating in the Ride the Willapa this year, here are a few tips to make the most of your experience:

Register Early: Secure your spot in advance, as this popular event tends to fill up quickly.

Prepare Your Gear: Ensure your bike is in good condition, and pack essentials like water, snacks, a repair kit, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Respect Nature and Communities: Leave no trace, follow trail etiquette, and be respectful to locals and fellow riders.

Ticket Prices:  One-day and two-day ride tickets are available. Prices start at $40 for adults, $25 for kids ages 9–17, and $5 for kids 8 and under accompanied by a paying adult. Family Fun Ride participants are charged $5 per person.

The Ride the Willapa Bike Ride is an adventure that brings together the beauty of nature, the joy of cycling, and the spirit of community. Consider joining in the fun this year and experiencing it for yourself!  Find more details and register online at ridethewillapa.com.