A section of the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail between Snoqualmie and North Bend is open for bicycling again after the replacement of a rail-trail bridge.
King County closed the 1.7-mile length of packed gravel trail in May so workers could get in to replace a timber bridge that had been damaged by fire. The new, single-span steel-girder bridge opened to bike, horse and foot traffic about a week ago.
The bridge is located in some wetlands southeast of the Mount Si Golf Course. Because the area is remote, bicyclists had to use Boalch Avenue along Meadowbrook Farm and then Bendigo Boulevard to bypass the closed area,
Now bicyclists can pick up the trail at Southeast Reinig Road in Snoqualmie and follow it through the Mount Si Golf Course, North Bend, under Interstate 90 and all the way up to Rattlesnake Lake. At that point, bike travelers can pick up the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that heads east to the Columbia River.
The 31-mile-long Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail follows the old Everett branch of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. It runs from Rattlesnake Lake to Duvall, with missing links in the vicinity of Snoqualmie and north from Duvall into Snohomish County.
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail follows the main line of that railroad that linked Seattle and Tacoma with Chicago.