The Teanaway river valley (tee-ANN-a-way) is one of the most enjoyable road rides in Washington State. It’s less than 15 minutes from Interstate 90 at Cle Elum, but feels like the middle of nowhere. Traffic is very light and the road condition is excellent. I prefer to follow the “main” Teanaway Road (North Fork) all the way to the end. The road continues as a dusty trailhead access road beyond the pavement, and is suitable for gravel-biking and mountain bikes.
- Distance: 25.8 miles out-and-back
- Elevation: 730ft of elevation gain
- Time: Allow 2 to 3 hours
- Parking: There is convenient parking at the triangle of an intersection, next to the “Teanaway River Watershed” welcome sign.
- Road Quality: Excellent.
- Traffic: Narrow shoulder, low traffic. Beware of passing RVs and horse trailers.
- Services: There are no services along this route. There used to be a general store, which is now out of business.
- Camping: WA Department of Natural Resources maintains the free rustic Twenty Nine Pines Campground at the farthest end of the paved road. A Discover Pass is required to camp there.
At the 7 mile mark, Teanaway Road splits. Keep going straight (North Fork Teanaway Road). The other option takes you up the West Fork Teanaway Road, which quickly runs out of pavement.
The entire Teanaway Road was recently re-paved in 2015 and 2016, making the road surface quality excellent. This gives you the opportunity to look up and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Stuart (elevation 9416 ft.), and the many horses that pasture in farms along the road.
This is truly a fun, fast, and relaxing bike ride!