RAMROD is a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 152 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 10,000 feet of climbing over 152 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 9 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. Before your ride, you can pick up your rider packet, drop-off a bag eat the pre-ride breakfast or pick up a jersey. When you return, you can enjoy an ice cream bar, take a shower and talk with with riders and volunteeers.
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.
To view and download a map ofthe Start/FInish area at Thunder Mountain Middle School, click here.
Cyclist Parking and Drop Off Information
The change to Thunder Mountain Middle School involves a very different parking situation than in typical years at Enumclaw High School. To help make the ride day go as smoothly as possible, it's important that all cyclists carefully study the Start/Finish Line Map and read these instructions on parking.
Parking at Thunder Mountain Middle Schools is very limited - most cyclists driving to Enumclaw will need to find parking on their own in Enumclaw and ride to the Start/Finish line. Please review the following parking notes to help with your planning on parking and arriving at the Start/Finish Line on event day:
1. Car pools with two or more cyclists will be allowed to park at the school on a first come first served basis. All others will need to park in town and ride in.
2. There will be space for rider dropoff/pickup at the school. Just as in airports, space is limited and you will not be allowed to wait. While it is possible, we do not recommend dropping cyclists off at the school.
3. The entrance to the school is along Hwy 169. The North driveway will be used for cyclists and cyclist vehicles while the South driveway is strictly limited to RAMROD operations.
4. IMPORTANT - TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH RIDERS ON COURSE, DRIVERS PLEASE APPROACH TMMS FROM THE NORTH.
5. PARKING ON STREET NEAR THE SCHOOL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. ANY VEHICLE PARKING ON THE STREET IN THIS AREA MAY BE TICKETED AND TOWED.
6. THERE IS NO SPACE FOR RV'S AT THE SCHOOL.
If you are staying in town, consider leaving your vehicle at the hotel or residence and ride your bike to the start. You are a RAMROD rider, you won't be hurt by a mile or three warmup ride on a flat road.
The City of Enumclaw recommends parking in any of the following locations:
1. First St - Stevenson Ave to Washington Ave
2. Washington Ave - Railroad St to Garrett St
3. Cole St - Washington Ave to Battersby Ave
4. Harding St - Kibler Ave to McHugh Ave
5. Kibler Ave - Harding St to Porter St
While some of these areas are identified as "two hour" parking, we have been assured by City management and police officials that time limits will be waived for RAMROD. You will NOT have to worry about time limits in two hour parking zones in these areas.
You can also park at any of the parks in town, including MacFarland Park, Garrett Park or Martin Johnson Park.
For another parking option, the Masonic Lodge (42810 264th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022) has made their parking area available. This area is located just south of Thunder Mountain Middle School. Volunteers from the lodge will help direct the parking process and provide security for the cars while you are riding. They will open up their lodge so riders can use their restrooms in the early morning and a coffee stand will be opn on the premises so riders can get their shot of caffeine and pastry before the ride.
Each of the suggested parks, the Masonic Lodge and streets listed above are marked with blue regions on this interactive map:
Start line: Breakfast feed with hard boiled eggs, 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, mile 36 - open 6:00 - 10 am: Mini scones and mini muffins, Coffee (the regular brewed stuff), Water, Gatorade Glacier Freeze. (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, mile 58.5 - 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 Glacier Freeze, Port-O-Johns.
Inspiration Point, mile 78 - open 9:00 am - 2 pm: Water, Gatorade Glacier Freeze, Port-O-Johns.
Upper Box Canyon, mile 86.6 - open 9:30 am - 3 pm: Steamed new potatoes with salt and parmesan cheese. Chocolate croissants. Bagels with spreads, Fruit, Water, Gatorade Glacier Freeze, Port-O-Johns, (NOTE: no cookies at this stop)
Deer Creek, mile 104 - open 10:30 am - 5 pm: Water, Gatorade Glacier Freeze, Port-O-Johns.
Cayuse Pass, mile 108 - open 11 am - 6 pm: Water, Gatorade Glacier Freeze, Port-O-Johns. (Note: there are NO other services at Cayuse-keep rolling downhill to the Deli)
Deli, mile 116 - open 11 am - 7 pm: Made-to-order sandwiches, RR cookies, fruit, chips, pretzels, pickles & pickle juice shots (kosher dills, nummers!), soda, juice, V8, Gatorade (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
Wildwood Food Stop: CLOSES at 11:00am
Inspiration Checkpoint: CLOSES at 2:30pm
Box Canyon Food Stop: CLOSES at 3:00pm
Cayuse Pass Checkpoint: CLOSES at 5:00pm
Deli Food Stop: CLOSED at 6:30pm
Finish Line: CLOSED at 8:00pm
Note: At 8:00pm, all support for the ride ceases. If riders are not complete by then, they will be given the option of either getting picked up and returned to the start line or else remove their bib and proceed further on their own.