|The parking lot for the Ross Lake Trail, beyond which the gate closes the road to motorists.|
At a certain point in the Spring, the legs have enough miles in them and the snow is cleared enough to begin contemplating longer alpine rides. I've been doing some of the shorter steeper climbs around Seattle where I live, but climbing for more than 20 miles straight is another thing entirely. The legs started to complain, but the only solution is to keep going and hope that the next time, they will be more accustomed to uphill efforts of this length.
|Starting to get up to the snow line.|
This is a beautiful and mostly steady climb. On this spring day, the sun shone, yet it also never really stopped raining. As I made my way up the grade, it was clear to see where the avalanche zones are located by the rock shaped pock marks in the road.
|As I got higher, so did the snow and the views.|
I've ridden this pass before, but with vehicular traffic, and it was quite amazing to ride without fears of getting buzzed by cars and RV's.
|The end of the road.|