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Weekend getaway: Mountain Bike Rainier

What: Mount Rainier National Park doesn’t allow mountain bikes on its trails, but you can ride in the park on nearly 20 miles of unpaved roads. The Westside Road is just inside the Nisqually entrance in the southwest corner of the park. The first three miles of the road is open to all vehicles but the last 9.25 miles are restricted to hikers and bikers. There are two challenging climbs. In the northwest corner of the park are the Carbon River and Mowich Lake roads, both five miles. There also is an unpaved road behind the old campground in Longmire that is popular with bikers. You can connect with Forest Service Road 52 and loop back toward Ashford and re-enter the park on state Route 706. Call the park for the latest conditions before your ride.

When: Daylight hours

Where: Mount Rainier National Park

Getting there: Find Westside Road on the left off state Route 706 as you enter the park. Longmire is about seven miles from the Nisqually entrance. To reach the other roads, take state Route 165 through Carbonado. Continue on the highway to reach Mowich Lake Road. Take Carbon River Road to the park where you will find the unpaved section of that road just beyond the entrance.

Cost: There is a $15 fee per vehicle to enter the park.

Information: 360-569-2211, nps.gov/mora

Source: Mount Rainier National Park

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