The Cross-Washington Mountain Bike Route is a public route that can be ridden at any time from spring to late fall. However, for those looking to ride with others, there will be an annual grand depart from First Beach in La Push, WA on the second Sunday in May. While the grand depart is a group start, it is not a group ride. Every rider is responsible for their own route finding, safety and schedule. There is absolutely, positively, no support provided.
Self-supported bikepacking is a serious endeavor not to be taken lightly. It is a true adventure which means it can be dangerous, hard, exhausting, confusing, scary, fun, miserable, painful, rewarding and basically a complete sufferfest. Please know your abilities, strengths and weakness and prepare yourself, bike and kit accordingly.
2018 Grand Depart:
Start Date: Sunday May 20th 2018
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Start Location: La Push, WA on First Beach
Finish Location: Idaho border just past Tekoa, WA
Because this is an unofficial event, registration is not required. There are no registration fees or caps on rider counts. However, if you want to receive updated route info, news about the grand depart, rider meetups, etc. then registration is highly recommended.
Below is a live view of the XWA start line in La Push.