A nice loop around the rural backroads of Thurston county and a part of Lewis county. Ride through woods, farms, by and creeks. Not too much traffic. Some nice corners in places. Be careful of farm machinery in places. Plenty of places to stop and take breaks. Great ride on a sunny afternoon.
Ride starts and ends at Farm Boy Restaurant which has good food and an easy meet up access place.
A nice alternative to the busy stop-n-go state highways 161 and 162 that are just west. This road winds along through the woods, rivers, and lakes. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery or take a break. I really enjoy this road because there's hardly any traffic and it is so rural and beautiful as compared to the boring straight highways nearby. Use caution in some of the corners because there might be some gravel. The speed limit is posted 35 mph which is kind of a bummer. It's a great way to get to the Mountain Highway (SR 7) via Eatonville.
A nice way to get from US 12, Backwood over to near Mt Rainier National Park. Can be part of a nice loop which includes the Paradise Road.
Road is quite bumpy with frost heaves and pot holes so take it easy. Might be some gravel on corners too. Lots of places to stop and camp if interested. Can be crowded on weekends. Nice ride along a creek and through deep woods. The road is all paved from Packwood to Ashford. If you have a GS bike there are lots of gravel side roads for exploring.
A nice alternative to driving US 12 between Chehalis and Morton. There's not a lot of traffic and some good scenery of woods and farms. As you near the town of Morton the road narrows a bit and goes through some deep woods and along the Tieton River. There are a few nice corners. If you got a GS bike there are lots of opportunities to explore gravel roads into the National Forest. But beware many of these NF roads are not maintained and can be quite rough.
Scenic forest ride through Capitol Forest that's all paved and good for a street bike. Parts of the road are single lane with pull outs. The road through Capitol Forest travels along Cedar Creek. Temperatures will drop between 5-7F because of the creek and deep woods. At times it's like riding in a cave with all the trees over the roadway. Lots of places to stop. Be careful of some gravel in corners and in intersections. If you got a GS bike there's lots of gravel side roads to explore.