RAMROD is a challenging course featuring nearly 10,000 feet of climbing over 158 miles. Learn about the course route, elevation profile, rider support stops and time-cutoffs.
RAMROD [Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day] combines the incomparable scenery of Mount Rainier National Park with a challenging course featuring nearly 10,000 feet of climbing over 158 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 and descent on Skate Creek road to Packwood. Riders head north to what is generally considered the most difficult section of the course: the 10-mile climb up Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,694) which starts at 90 miles into the ride. The rapid descent from the pass gives way to the final challenge: the 6-mile climb up to the alpine valley of Crystal. From there, it’s all downhill with about 36 miles to go. These last miles are gradually descending or rolling except for one final, fast descent down Mud Mountain Dam just 9 miles from the finish in Enumclaw. Join us for another great edition of RAMROD.
Start and Finish Line
RAMROD 2023 begins and ends at the Enumclaw High School located at 226 Semanski Street South, Enumclaw, WA 98022. Click here to view a map of the school's location. Before your ride, you can pick up your rider packet or drop-off a bag. When you return, you can enjoy an ice cream bar, take a shower and talk with with riders and volunteeers.
You can pick up your Rider Packet at the Start Line the night before from 4pm to 9pm and the morning of the ride from 4am to 7am. (Note: you may also pick up packet and jersey at the Packet Pickup event the Sunday before RAMROD in Redmond.)
The ride officially begins at 5AM - please do not leave in the dark before 5AM and before the ride is supported. When you're ready to proceed to the Start Line, please visit the RFID Tag Test station to make sure your RFID Tag in installed properly.
Registered riders may drop off one small bag containing post-ride gear at the start line to be picked up and used after you finish RAMROD. The service is being provided for those cyclists who park remotely but wish to shower and clean up at the finish line.
1. You may drop off one small, sealed bag. The size and weight should be equivalent to a bag you would wear while riding or take to the gym.
2. Label the bag with your bib number and name.
3. Gear drop off will not be highly secure so do not include valuables. (e.g. don't place your cell phone in this bag).
4. Do not include anything fragile or breakable.
5. Do not include alcoholic beverages which are not allowed on school grounds.
Bags will be taken and returned to you with the help from volunteers. They will be stored indoors while you are on the course.