2023 Grand Depart - Sunday May 21st
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.
While the grand depart is a group start, it is not a group ride. It is a group of bikepackers who meet to ride the route leaving at the same time. Every rider is responsible for their own route finding, safety, resupply, 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 yes, deadly. Please know your abilities, strengths and weakness and prepare yourself, bike and kit accordingly.
Start Date: May 21, 2023
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Start Location: La Push, WA on First Beach
Finish Location: Tekoa, WA
Because this is an unofficial non-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 signing up for the email list is highly recommended.
Below is a live view of the XWA start line in La Push.