At 14,411 feet, the summit of Washington’s highest peak, Mount Rainier, is inaccessible without technical rock-climbing gear. But you can get up to Paradise Pass, at 5,398 feet, on a bike.
The ride to Paradise from the national park’s Nisqually entrance rewards you with glorious evergreen vistas and wildflower meadows. The climb averages around 4 percent over 20 miles, rising gradually from the bottom with a few pitches as steep
as 9 percent toward the top.