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Issaquah to Snoqualmie Bike Ride – 16 Miles

Full trip:

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Google map (route ends 3 miles early because no official trail from the Falls overlook)

Start at PCC in Issaquah:

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Issaquah-Preston Trail

The Issaquah-Preston Trail provides a 7-mile link between the "locks to lakes corridor" and the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The trail starts at a junction with the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah and continues east along Interstate-90 toward Preston.

The Issaquah-Preston Trail provides a 7-mile link between the "locks to lakes corridor" and the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The trail starts at a junction with the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah and continues east along Interstate-90 toward Preston. The trail is paved to Issaquah Highlands where it connects that community with downtown Issaquah and other regional trails.

From Issaquah Highlands, the trail continues east as a soft-surface route above Issaquah Creek and I-90 into High Point. From High Point eastward, the route follows High Point Way, a winding rural road, to Preston. In Preston the trail connects with the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. Portions of the trail are managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The new section between High Point and SE High Point Way is hard-packed gravel, which parallels I-90 for a stretch. The trail intersects the southern terminus of the E. Lake Sammamish Trail at I-90. The best place to start is at Pickering Farm in Issaquah, which has a paved city path leading to the actual start of the Issaquah-Preston Trail (there is no decent parking at the start of the Issaquah-Preston Trail under the I-90 bridge). Pictures

At the 6.7 mile mark:

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At the 9.3 mark, cross the river on the road:

β€œOn the Fall City side there are seven switchbacks which descend to the valley floor. Then, back up the other side. Walk this aerobic part.”

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At the 13.5 mark, enter the Snoqualmie Ridge Trail, then the Centennial Trail at 14.1:

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Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

The Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is a 7-mile-long paved regional trail through steep terrain within the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The PST retraces a historic railroad route with gentle grades ideal for walking, running, and bicycling.

The Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is a 7-mile-long paved regional trail through steep terrain within the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The PST runs east from High Point Way near the Interstate-90 Preston Park-and-Ride to just west of Snoqualmie Falls. The PST retraces a historic railroad route with gentle grades ideal for walking, running, and bicycling. The demolition of a historical railroad trestle in Preston provides one exception where the route detours into the Raging River Valley before climbing again to the north side of Snoqualmie Ridge. The trail continues along the ridge through secluded woodlands with exceptional views of the Snoqualmie River Valley and ends with a viewpoint overlooking Snoqualmie Falls. The trail is linked to Snoqualmie Ridge via City of Snoqualmie soft-surface community trails.

 

Then surface streets to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail:

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November 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Iron Horse Trail from Alice Creek to Keechelus Lake – 24 Miles

Full Trip

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Start at Alice Creek Campsite:

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https://www.evergreenmtb.org/trails/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-iron-horse-state-park

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/iron-horse-tunnelhttp://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/iron-horse-tunnel

November 17, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Snoqualmie to Rattlesnake Lake 10 miles

The Snoqualmie Valley Trail offers the opportunity to get out and explore one of the most beautiful agricultural valleys in the region.

The trail meanders past working farms as well as preserved open space areas, and connects to the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park. Points of interest include Tolt-MacDonald Park, Meadowbrook Farm, Three Forks Natural Area and the Tokul Trestle.

Length:

31.5 miles

Surface: Crushed rock and original ballast surfacing. Former railroad trestles have been decked and hand railed from Duvall to Rattle Snake Lake with one on-road detour in the City of Snoqualmie.

Access Points:

McCormick Park; Nick Loutsis Park, 356th PL SE, Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, NE 4th & Ballarat Ave in North Bend.

Use:

All non-motorized use.
Accessibility: Due to the crushed rock surface, the trail is not readily accessible to people in wheelchairs

Nice map: http://1p40p3gwj70rhpc423s8rzjaz.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SnoqValleyTrailMap.jpg

 

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Start – Centennial Park:

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End – connect to Iron Horse Trail:

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November 17, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment