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May 24th 2017, 03:55 PM   #16
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Hwy 20 is clear, except over Loup Loup Pass well beyond Twisp. Holiday traffic may be frustrating at times.

If you want an interesting route, take Hwy 9 from Arlington up to the intersection with So. Skagit Highway one mile north of Clear Lake, (So. Skagit loops back under Hwy 9). Take So. Skagit Hwy east ~20 miles to the stop sign.

Then, do one of the following:

Turn left at the stop sign, cross the bridge to Concrete, and then take Hwy 20 to Winthrop.

OR

Continue straight at the stop sign onto Concrete-Sauk Valley Road for ~20 miles to the intersection with Hwy 530. Turn left on Hwy 530 to Rockport, and then Hwy 20 to Winthrop.

Then, as you come to the stop sign in Winthrop, go straight through the intersection. After one block, turn right on Castle Ave. It shortly becomes Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road for ~20 miles and ends up back on Hwy 20 just east of Twisp. Turn right into Twisp.
May 24th 2017, 07:12 PM   #17
 cgt1229's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
All good advice from Marv, but taking a right about 2ish miles shy of 20 off 530, puts you on the Rockport Cascade Rd. Some long straights, with a few tight chicanes toward the end. You end up at the sharp left leaving Marblemount. Have to say this route from Clear Lake is way more entertaining then doing 20 from Sedro Woolley and is always the route I take when heading to Winthrop from Bellingham.
May 24th 2017, 07:31 PM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

  2015 Versys 650
Thanks for the suggestions. cgt1229, I was originally planning to take 530 so glad to hear it recommended. Marv's idea to take Skagit Hwy does look appealing on the map, though.

I'm originating from Redmond and the day's goal is to get to Wenatchee, so to cover those 300 miles a little easier I might have to pick whichever route is shorter and save the other option for my next trip through the area.
May 24th 2017, 08:22 PM   #19
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgt1229
All good advice from Marv, but taking a right about 2ish miles shy of 20 off 530, puts you on the Rockport Cascade Rd. Some long straights, with a few tight chicanes toward the end. You end up at the sharp left leaving Marblemount. Have to say this route from Clear Lake is way more entertaining then doing 20 from Sedro Woolley and is always the route I take when heading to Winthrop from Bellingham.
Yes, the Rockport Cascade Road is mediocre, so I usually avoid it. The reason for continuing onto the Concrete-Sauk Valley Road is that it's a great section, much like the South Skagit Highway. However, it does add quite a few miles if you have time constraints.
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May 25th 2017, 08:52 AM   #20
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
I like the last section due to lack of RV's, traffic, and Leo's. Day Creek Rd. at the North end of Clear Lake is fun too, but the first part of SSH is as well.

Remember there's a bridge crossing at the end of Concrete-Sauk Valley Rd, crossing the Sauk River, a sharp left hander that comes out of nowhere.
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