Here are five rides geared for cyclists with modest fitness levels. Some are point-to-point routes. Others are loops. Each provides a pleasurable adventure and a workout.
Joe Miller Road
1 From Wenatchee, take Malaga-Alcoa Highway five miles south to the community of Malaga, then right on the second West Malaga Road exit you spot (youâ€™ll spot the first one before you reach Malaga).
Alcoa-Malaga Highway, where the posted speed limit is 50 mph, can be a bit hairy. There is a shoulder, however.
Malaga W Malaga Rd
Take a left on Joe Miller Road and climb Stemilt Hill the road to the old Church Stemilt Hill Church (the church is at the four-way intersection of Joe Miller/Stemilt Hill Road/ Blair-Slack Road/Stemilt Loop Road). Take a break and then descend Joe Miller Road.
This is what awaits bikers as they begin to descend Joe Miller Road on the way back.
Distance: 22 miles round trip Time: Two to three hours Terrain: Flat, long climb, fast descent Highlights: This route offers great views of the Columbia River and the Three Lakes area. Expect to see plenty of cherry and apple blossoms along the way as well. The quaint Stemilt Hill Church is a perfect spot to refuel. If you arenâ€™t in fit condition or are a beginner, climbing Joe Miller might be a bit too much. But even if you find that to be the case, stop, turn around and enjoy the rest of the journey. Lowlights: Traveling along the
This time, take a left on Hamlin Road and take that to where it intersects with West Malaga Road. Take a left on the West Malaga Road and proceed to the MalagaAlcoa Highway.
Take a left on the Malaga-Alcoa Highway and head back to Wenatchee.
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Published on Apr 20, 2012