Palouse region / 11 miles / 532 ft total climb
This is another little gravel loop that’s easy to make time for after work, much like the Lynch Spring Loop ride. In fact this loop and Lynch Spring share a stretch of gravel on Shawnee Rd. You can ride out from Pullman (I like cutting down through Conservation Park and taking Brayton Rd because it means more gravel), or you can load the bikes up and drive. If you drive, I find that the old school building on W 3rd St in Albion is a good place to park.
From 3rd, ride NW to G St. Hang a left on G and ride it out of town. It’ll turn to gravel as it parallels the South Fork Palouse River, and then G St becomes Albion Parvin Rd. On Albion Parvin you’ll follow along the South Fork Palouse River and an old rail line that I think is the proposed route for the Colfax-Albion-Pullman (CAP) Trail.
After about 3.5 miles on Albion Parvin, you’ll hang a right on Shawnee Rd. If you’ve ridden the Lynch Spring Loop, things will start to look pretty familiar about another 3 miles down Shawnee. You’ll go past Rose Creek Nature Preserve, then hang a right on Collins Rd. After about 500 ft on Collins you’ll hang another right on Palouse Albion Rd.
The longest climb of the loop with the steepest sections starts as soon as you’re on Palouse Albion with a very mild 1 or 2 percent grade, but after a half mile of that there are a couple of short pitches topping out at about 6 and 12 percent. After you top the last pitch, it’s virtually all down hill, you lose all that elevation about as quickly as you gained it, and you can come screaming back into Albion pretty quick.