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Index - Galena Rd Now Open!

  • 06 Nov 2023 9:10 AM
    Message # 13276051
    Jim Stewart (Administrator)

    It's been 17 years since the Index Galeena Road washed out, and it finally opened on Saturday with a new elevated bypass of the washout. There are a number of potential rides, including out-and-backs to the unpaved section over Jack Pass from Gold Bar  (48Mi) or Index(30 Mi) or a full loop 60 over Jack Pass and return via SR2 (not recommended!).

    Here is the WADOT update.

    And  for reference purposes here is a RWGPS route I made for the 60 mile loop from Gold Bar.

    I'd love to lead the first BIKES ride on the route but my back is acting up so the challenge is up for someone else to post our first ride on the route. Hopefully we'll get one in before the snow flies.

  • 06 Nov 2023 9:56 AM
    Reply # 13276073 on 13276051
    Drew Ellison (Administrator)

    Jim, thanks for sharing this. 

    Galena ... we just spent a day in Galena, but the one in Illinois! A great little town and the home of U.S. Grant. 

  • 07 Nov 2023 8:26 AM
    Reply # 13276483 on 13276051
    Rick Proctor (Administrator)

    Interesting!  The US 2 part is a deal-breaker for me but the rest of looks good, although weather this time of year will have me thinking about this one for late next spring.

  • 07 Nov 2023 9:17 AM
    Reply # 13276507 on 13276051
    Dan Scott (Administrator)

    I rode the loop many years ago on a club ride led by Wendell. We started and ended in Index, and there was undoubtedly less traffic on Hwy 2 as we returned. In those days you could go into Skykomish and use the back road to Money Creek campground before getting onto Hwy 2. I think that’s closed now. 

  • 07 Nov 2023 10:52 AM
    Reply # 13276556 on 13276051
    Jim Stewart (Administrator)

    An option would be to leave cars at Index or Goldbar, drive to Beckler River and ride one way over tha pass and back down.  Avoids SR2 and the grade over the pass looks easier going that direction.

  • 09 Nov 2023 10:10 AM
    Reply # 13277565 on 13276051
    Lou Rivetti (Administrator)

    Avoid riding on 2 especially this time of year.    Motorists don't expect to see cyclists this late in the year.   

  • 11 Nov 2023 12:16 AM
    Reply # 13278231 on 13276051
    Steve Linari (Administrator)

    Join Christine and I on Tuesday for a ride over Jacks Pass and back from Skykomish. Lunch in Index. 

  • 14 Nov 2023 7:28 PM
    Reply # 13279567 on 13276051
    Christine Tweedy (Administrator)

    The new road is beautiful!

    highway 2 was quiet in the morning so it turned out to be a great day, enjoying the new gravel bike and the expanding adventure! 
    Another option to ride the new road without gravel and without highway 2: start in Gold Bar and ride as far as the troublesome campground and back

  • 14 Nov 2023 7:31 PM
    Reply # 13279573 on 13276051
    Christine Tweedy (Administrator)


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