A bit of a late write up here. We rode this in the middle of November 2017. Ron (OMTM) had recommended a road called Fischer Hill, just above Lyle in Washington. A little bit familiar with the area, I wanted to connect this upward winding gravel to some other amazing roads in the area and also finish on a killer descent. That’s the way I like to finish rides. This route delivered.
Mileage: 36 Miles
Elevation Gain 4,800ft
Elevation profile – well paced climbs with a sweet descent finish.
Terrain: 35% road 65% Gravel
Ride Route: here Ridewithgps
Bicycle: Roadie with at least 28’s, Cyclocross, Gravel 34c + or Hardtail MTB
The milage is low, but the elevation and roads are fairly challenging. Our ride time was 3hr 30min with a little exploring. (4hr 40 with stopping and rolling under barbed wire etc)
There is a hidden overlook view of the Klickitat river, pretty amazing, but you have to roll under or climb over some barbwire fence and walk about 40ft. Well worth it. (see pano photo below and look on the ridewithgps map for location)
Crossing the Klickitat low down before Fischer Hill climb
Fischer hill climb is sweet, it’s 5miles long and about 1500ft, so pretty mellow. You can see what we just climbed in the background.
The very top of Fisher hill can get a bit muddy due to new construction. We were sort of tossing around exploring, the modified route doesn’t quite go this far, but you can if you like. 🙂
The secret viewpoint, well actually you ride past it, you just need to stop and get to the viewpoint (hint: look at the ride with gps map)
Johnson Road is beautiful, but strange signs on the trees, with charming artistic character let you know that everyone is a little property scared out here. LOL.
After some sweet gravel, there is a short section of road up, it’s not that bad but it feels horrible at this point but it is well worth it for the descent that is about to come. Horrible up starts at mile 22.4 for just over 2 miles- see not that bad.
Awesome road descent back down to the starting point, makes a nice way to end the ride.