RAMROD is a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 150 miles. Learn about the course route, elevation profile, rider support stops and time-cutoffs.
Note: Due to changes to the start/finish location this year, complete and updated course information will be available in early July.
RAMROD [Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day] combines the incomparable scenery of Mount Rainier National Park with a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 149 miles. The course starts in Enumclaw, WA (elevation 720 feet) with a gradual downhill to its lowest elevation (300 feet) near Orting. This is followed by 40 miles of rolling hills through the towns of Eatonville, Elbe, and Ashford, with a gradual climb to the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The climb stiffens at Longmire where riders begin the 12 mile ascent to Inspiration (elevation 4,850 feet). A 12-mile descent through Stevens Canyon follows and then a quick 3-mile climb to Backbone Ridge. This leads to one of the most fun descents of the course: a swooping 5-mile run to the Grove of the Patriarchs and the intersection with Hwy 410. What follows is generally considered the most difficult section of the course: the 9-mile climb up Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,694) which starts at 100 miles into the ride. The rapid descent from the pass ends with about 30 miles to go. These last miles are gradually descending or rolling except for one final, fast descent down Mud Mountain Dam just 5 miles from the finish in Enumclaw. Join us for another great edition of RAMROD.
Start and Finish Line
RAMROD begins and ends at Thunder Mountain Middle School located at 42018 264th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022. Click here to view a map of the school's location. Parking is available at the school and on appropriate surrounding streets. Before your ride, you can pick up your rider packet, grab pre-ride food or pick up a jersey. When you return, you can enjoy an ice cream bar, take a shower and check out your ride photo.
Start line: Breakfast feed with cheese omeletes, hash browns, sausage, oatmeal, coffee and OJ. Sponsored by Enumclaw Rotary and Lions clubs - separate $10 donation, all of which goes directly to these two community organizations. Pre-register online at the RCC site; very limited walk-ins will be available. Breakfast will be served from 4 - 7 am in the Thunder Mountain Middle School Commons. NOTE: no bike shoes, not even ones with recessed cleats. There will be a shoe cop at the door.
Eatonville, approx. mile 33-open 6:00 - 10 am: Mini scones and mini muffins, Coffee (the regular brewed stuff), Water, Gatorade Riptide Rush. (NOTE: Gatorade will be made half-strength at all stops; there will be powder available if you want to spike yours but you may need to ask), Port-O-Johns, For purchase: the small stuff you might have forgotten, such as tubes, water bottles, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Also, a floor pump and wrench services (for a fee).
Wildwood Food Stop, approx. mile 58-open 7:30 - 11 am: Bagels with cream cheese, peanut butter, jam, and/or honey, RR cookies: choco chip/oatmeal with nuts and craisin/oatmeal no nuts, pretzels, Fruit: bananas, grapes, nectarines, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, Water and Gatorade Riptide Rush, Port-O-Johns.
Inspiration Point, approx mile 75-open 9:00 am - 2 pm: Water, Gatorade Riptide Rush, Port-O-Johns.
Upper Box Canyon, approx mile 88-open 9:30 am - 3 pm: Steamed new potatoes with salt and parmesan cheese. Chocolate croissants. Bagels with spreads, Fruit, Water, Gatorade Riptide Rush, Port-O-Johns, (NOTE: no cookies at this stop)
Deer Creek, approx. mile 99-open 10:30 am - 5 pm: Water, Gatorade Riptide Rush, Port-O-Johns.
Cayuse Pass, approx. mile 104-open 11 am - 6 pm: Water, Gatorade Riptide Rush, Port-O-Johns. (Note: there are NO other services at Cayuse-keep rolling downhill to the Deli)
Deli, approx. mile 111-open 11 am - 7 pm: Made-to-order sandwiches, RR cookies, fruit, chips, pretzels, soda, juice, V8, Gatorade Riptide Rush (if you can still stand it by this point) and water, Port-O-Johns.
Finish Line-open from when the first rider finishes until 8 pm: Ice cream truck (included in your event fee), Soft drinks, Chips, Showers-bring your own towel, Massage (additional fee)
What is not provided at stops: OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, Sunscreen.
Course Time Cut-offs
For your safety, we will be enforcing course cut-off times again this year:
Start Line: 5:00am - 7:00am
Gateway Food Stop: CLOSES at 11:00am
Paradise Checkpoint: CLOSES at 2:30pm
Box Canyon Food Stop: CLOSES at 3:00pm
Cayuse Pass Checkpoint: CLOSES at 6:00pm
Deli Food Stop: CLOSED at 7:00pm
Finish Line: CLOSED at 8:00pm