Route information for riding from Winthrop, WA to Newport, WA.
This covers the route that we took to Bead Lake (outside of
Newport). I've tried to supply information on terrain, food, water,
and camping areas.
- Great hills (long ascents and descents).
- Limited facilities. You will need to camp and carry a lot of
food and water. For most of the trip we carried about 6liters of
water for two people, and we sometimes ran out. You will need a water
filter (and iodine tablets as a backup) to treat stream water.
- Almost no traffic
- Wildlife and wonderful forests and views.
- Everyone that we met was nice. Most people waved as we passed
- Many variations and microclimates. You really get to see a
nice crosssection of WA state.
- 4 days at ~50miles per day and about 4000-5000ft of climbing per day
(last day has less climbing, but it is steeper).
- Possible camping areas:
- Omak/Stampede Park - Large city park with RV and camping
- Along SR155 around Disautel - A couple of spots along here
where you can camp along the road. No water.
- Coyote Creek (just beyond Disautel Pass) - Hand operated
water pump. We only saw a few camping spots, but later on learned
that there were tons of them.
- Keller Campground - We didn't visit this. Colville Indian
Agency should be able to provide details on facilities.
- Bridge Creek road - Details below.
- Chewelah City Park - We didn't look into this, but heard that
it was an option from a few locals.
- The reservation has tourist information including details on
campgrouns. We did not call them to get this information, but
wish that we had. Many maps are inaccurate in this region.
- Start in Winthrop
- SR20 to Omak
- Go over Loup Loup Pass
- Camping in Stampede Park
- SR155 to Colville Indian Agency
- Steep hot climbing on first part of road.
- Tree cover starts around Disautel. Might be possible to find a
place to camp. We camped near the first road on the right past
Camp Disautel (a tiny town).
- Coyote Creek Campground (just past Disautel Pass) has a well
with pump and bathrooms. Good place to fill up on water. Camping
seemed to be very close to the road.
- Get more water at gas station in Nespelam. No other options
for a long time (and one big hill).
- You can get on Cache Creek Road in Nespelem instead of
at the Agency. When we did this trip that portion of Cache Creek
Road was closed, so we had to go a few miles out of our way.
- Left onto Cache Creek Road to SR21
- Lots of climbing early -- limited shade. Nice views.
- Riding through a long valley with some farming, followed by
a very pretty climb up to an unmarked pass (about 4000ft). Good shade
on the climb.
- One of the best descents on the ride at the top of the pass. Nice
road, no traffic, and there is a resturant at the bottom with ice cream
and ice water.
- Left onto SR21 North
- Only take this a few miles to Bridge Creek Road.
- There is camping option at Keller Campground, but that is out
of the way (south) and there is nicer camping along Bridge Creek Road.
It is the closest established campground though. Some maps indicate
a campground called Bridge Creek along Bridge Creek Road, but it
does not exist.
- Bridge Creek Road to Inchelium and Gifford Ferry
- Easy access to water for first 6 miles.
- Great camping spot on right just before hairpin turn over the
creek and mile marker 6. The spot is down an old doubletrack road
which is covered with grass. Space for one or two tents, easy water
access, rocks setup for cooking, and you can't see the road. Even
if you don't camp here fill up on water here because there are no
other water options for about 20 miles.
- Nice climb to the top of the hill at mile marker 12. I think
peak was about 3500 feet. Lots of wildlife around here.
- Rollers along top of hill until the descent which starts around
mile 17 or 18.
- Great descent into Twin Lakes (campground option, not as
nice as the spot near mile 6, but better established). Traffic picks
up after Twin Lakes.
- Follow the road all the way to the Gifford ferry. Ferry
is free, leaves every 30 minutes. In Inchilium you'll
pass a decent small grocery store on the left. This is the
last good option for buying food until Chewelah.
- Take Ferry from Inchelium to Gifford
- There are bathrooms with running water at the Gifford ferry
- Take SR25 north to Addy-Gifford road
- You'll pass two campgrounds on the left. Fill up on water
at Gifford Campground, because there aren't other options
until Chewelah (except for a stream which runs alongside
Addy-Gifford for a few miles near the start).
- Addy-Gifford to SR3
- Starts climbing right away. Limited shoulders, but low
traffic. Limited shade too.
- Climb is broken by a ride through a valley with a lot of farming.
- Peak at about 3500-4000ft.
- Nice long descent. Take a right and almost immediate left
onto Blue Creek Road. This saves a couple of miles.
- Blue Creek Road goes straight to the highway (SR155?). Avoid the
unmarked yet paved turns. Take the highway (gentle downhill)
all the way into Chewelah.
- SR395 south into Chewelah
- Chewelah has camping at the city park, and there are two
motels. There is a Safeway here to pick up food.
- You can find Flowery Trail road by looking for the signs
to 49 degrees north (a ski resort). They sign it from SR395.
- Flowery Trail Road to Usk
- Flowery Trail starts climbing right away. Steep, but one of
the nicest climbs on the route. Lots of shade, almost no traffic.
Climb is 10 miles long, and fairly constantly steep the whole way.
- Go down the side road on the left at the top of the pass. Great
views! Good place to eat lunch.
- Descent starts steep, then gets more gradual when you hit the
dirt road section. It is steep again on the opposite side.
Nice views for much of the way down.
- The end of Flowery Trail goes through farming country around Usk.
- Usk to Bead Lake Road
- There is a bridge at Usk across the Ponderay River. There are
also a few shops where you can get water and snacks.
- Take a right just after the bridge onto Le Clerc road. This
will take you all the way into Old Town (Idaho side of Newport).
Le Clerc road is flat and mostly goes through farming country.
Many views of the river and nearby birds and wildlife. I would
suggest following this road instead of SR20.
Trip Report (with pictures and overview maps)