Northern Exposure offers a wide variety of challenges and rewards. From fire roads to sandy singletrack to slick rock, there is something for everyone. This ride is rated as advanced because of its length and some of the technical down hills. I found myself on the edge of disaster a couple of times. You will be rewarded with beautiful scenery and unbelievably quiet once you are into the valley. One of my favorite rides.
How to get there:
From Seattle go East on I-90 for 79 miles to the Roslyn/Salmon La Sac Exit. At the end of the off ramp take a left (north) and follow road about 2 miles to hwy. 903 and turn left toward town. Follow 903 into town (turns into N. First Street) and take a left at the main intersection (East Pennsylvania). On the corner is the famous Brick Tavern where much of the hit show Northern Exposure was filmed. Remember the older guy who owned the bar and had the hot young babe as his wife? On your right about a block up you will see the now famous Roslyn Cafe mural of the moose. Park your car in the free public lot just on the other side of the Roslyn Cafe and just before Fourth Street. There are two port-a-potties in the gravel lot. A large sign declares a company called Ridaturd owns them. Seriously! I am not joking about this. Across the street is the Roslyn Brewing Company and there is a little red shack that is the mining museum complete with a fire signal from 1888.