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Babyshoe Pass

Cascade gravel with resplendent views of lakes, mountains, and trees.

By the Numbers

Sport
Cycling
Shape
Loop
Profile
Two main climbs and a long descent
Distance
83 miles
Elevation
6800 feet
Time
6h
Nutrition
All food must be brought with you, some creeks for filtering water
Logistics
Parked at the closed (COVID-19) ranger station in Randle
External
Strava | Ride with GPS

I’d been planning this ride for months ever since reading about the climb to Babyshoe Pass in BQ. The climb from Highway 12 to the summit at the intersection with FS 2150 has an average grade of 6% and a max grade of 20% with soft, loose gravel and rough washboard making it tough to keep traction and rhythm.

Dust kicked up by the NFS firefighters
Dust kicked up by the NFS firefighters

I chose to start in Randle so the ride along Highway 12 could be completed earlier in the ride and to provide some easy miles to warm up the legs before tackling the big gravel climb up FS 21. I wasn’t able to find obvious parking opportunities but fortunately the closed ranger station was available.

As I made way up the climb I could hear a vehicle reluctant to pass but finally a NFS firefighter truck pulled up alongside me and all the mask-wearing firefighters stuck their arms out the window with thumbs up signs! As they drove past a ton of dust was kicked up from the dry roads.

Forest Road 2329
Forest Road 2329
Mt Adams from Forest Service Road 2329
Mt Adams from Forest Service Road 2329
Mt Adams near the intersection of FR 23 and FR 2329
Mt Adams near the intersection of FR 23 and FR 2329
Babyshoe Pass
Babyshoe Pass
Mt Adams seen from Takhlakh Lake Campground
Mt Adams seen from Takhlakh Lake Campground
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