Stakes Pass- loop our out and back?
I’ve had a crack at Rossett Pike before but now want to do Stakes Pass as MBR and some mates of mine have been raving about it.
I’m hoping to do it on the way to Scotland as part of 9 days of riding and it will be our first day. We’d prefer a slightly less strenuous day in the mountains to get going and so I’m trying to decide whether to man up and do the loop (if so is clockwise or anticlockwise recommended) or out and back.
We have a lot of big days on the bike after this so would prefer the easier option, but if they are equally hard we will just aim for the loop.
The only thread I can find on here is from 5 years ago and says that the pass is unrideable rocky megadeath.
ThanksPosted 3 years agoloweySubscriber
Stake pass is hardly megadeath.
I much prefer it up from Langstrath and descend into Mickleden, more technical. The Langstrath side has had a lot of work done and aside from some tight hairpins I would say it would be pretty dull as a descent.
You could do it as an out and back from either Rosthwaite or Dungeon Ghyll, but I wouldnt say its worth it on its own.Posted 3 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
Done it clockwise (up Rossett, down Stake) in December but all the hike-a-bike way up Rossett I was thinking “This is the wrong way around!”.Posted 3 years ago
But once past that, down Styhead is good, as is down Stake. Neither are overly technical, just rocky/steppy.
Rossett on the other hand… I still really fancy a crack at that as a descent.D0NKSubscriber
Did the clockwise loop a couple weeks ago was fun-ish, sprinkling and styhead tarn descent is brilliant, stake pass is good too, bit too faffy at the top for me tho.
Anti clockwise don’t think I’d bother, stakes as a descent looks a bit daft, silky smooth and stupidly tight hairpins. rossett tho?
Rossett on the other hand… I still really fancy a crack at that as a descent.
been on my to do list for a while, after carrying up it and seeing it…it’s now been scrubbed off, looks stupidly, not actually doable by anyone except trials riders, technical for the top section, pitched section looks doable but stone pitching can get a bit boring after a while.Posted 3 years ago
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