THE LARCH THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' AND OTHER METHOW MEANDERINGS
So here's the current state of the alpine larch as of this morning at Washington Pass. Quite beautiful with splashes of gold at the foot of Liberty Bell.
I got in a couple book-research rides over the past couple days near Winthrop. This is near the end of Falls Creek Road, just above Westside Chewuch Road where it becomes Forest Road 51. It's part of a three-forest road-climb route known to locals as the Triple Bypass. The above climbed to just a hair under 5,000 with a couple steep pitches of around 12 percent. As I found out last week at Lion Rock near Ellensburg (see a couple posts below), something great about these paved forest roads is that this time of year, there's no one else on them; you basically have the road to yourself.
Here're a couple riders I met heading out FR 51. I don't remember their names but one is a zoomba instructor, the other a pilates instructor. Nice folks.
Eastside Chewuch Road in the morning. Oh, but I do love da' Methow!