Category Archive: Bike trails

East Lake Sammamish Trail fully reopens for Fourth of July weekend

Lake views from newly opened trail section

After more than a year, the entire 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish bicycle trail will be open beginning on Friday.

A 2.6-mile section of the rail-trail that links Redmond with Issaquah along the scenic shores of Lake Sammamish has been closed since April 2014 when a grading, paving and landscaping job started.

Contractors finished enough of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/02/east-lake-sammamish-trail-fully-reopens-for-fourth-of-july-weekend/

Burke-Gilman Trail repairs this week; bike trail updates

Snoqualmie Valley Trail closure

Summer time is the best time for road and highway repairs, and I guess that’s true for bike trails as well.

Work is currently underway on the Burke-Gilman, Green River, East Lake Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valley bike trails.

For starters, Seattle’s Department of Transportation announced that a contractor would be working on the Burke-Gilman Trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/17/burke-gilman-trail-repairs-this-week-bike-trail-updates/

Popular Snoqualmie Valley biking trail earns National Recreation Trail honor

Heading toward Cascades on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

A rail-trail that’s popular with bicyclists in eastern King County has been designated as a National Recreation Trail by the Department of Interior and National Park Service.

The 31-mile Snoqualmie Valley Trail honor was announced Thursday, along with that of the Mount Si hiking trail in North Bend and eight other trails nationwide. The trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/05/popular-snoqualmie-valley-biking-trail-earns-national-recreation-trail-honor/

Bicycle shuttle service to Snoqualmie Tunnel launches on John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Entering west portal of Snoqualmie Tunnel

A new shuttle service — Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Shuttle — to take passengers and bicycles from Rattlesnake Lake to the summit of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Hyak begins this summer.

The shuttle will be operated by Compass Outdoor Adventures, an outdoor education outfit that’s been operating in the North Bend area since 2007.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/03/bicycle-shuttle-service-to-snoqualmie-tunnel-launches-on-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Snoqualmie Valley Trail segment closed all summer between Duvall and Carnation

Trail closure sign on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Repairs to flood protection structures on the Snoqualmie River between Duvall and Carnation will force a closure on the popular Snoqualmie Valley Trail between now and Oct. 31.

Date of the closure is set to begin June 1, but crews already had the trail closed down today.

The work will block off-road access between Duvall …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/28/snoqualmie-valley-trail-segment-closed-all-summer-between-duvall-and-carnation/

New guidebook for Washington & Oregon rail-trails

Scenic but rugged section of Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)

With 82 rail-trails in Washington state and 19 in Oregon, how can a bicyclist choose which trails to ride? More than 1,000 miles of rail-trails suitable for bicycling wind across Washington’s landscape, with some 300 miles of trails in Oregon.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is helping to solve that problem by publishing an official guidebook for the region — …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/26/new-guidebook-for-washington-oregon-rail-trails/

Half-mile of Sammamish trail reopens; 2 miles still closed

East Lake Sammamish Trail construction

Don’t plan on riding your bike along the East Lake Sammamish Trail between Redmond and Issaquah anytime soon.

Two miles of the 11-mile rail-trail is still closed to travel to allow contractors to get in and finish the job that has stretched for 13 months.

King County put out a press release on Friday announcing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/24/half-mile-of-sammamish-trail-reopens-2-miles-still-closed/

John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopens for bicycling east of Ellensburg

John Wayne Pioneer Trail -- dry side

It took a full-fledged military action, but a 22-mile stretch of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopened last weekend after being closed for at least 8 months.

The section of trail (see map below), part of the longest rail-trail in the US, was closed in July after the Saddleback Mountain wildland fire swept through the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/05/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-reopens-for-bicycling-east-of-ellensburg/

Tale of the tape: highlights from 14 bike rides in April

Last ride of the month along the East Lake Sammamish Trail

April is “30 days of biking month,” when participants take a bike ride everyday and then take a photo or write a short piece about their ride for social media.

Well, for any number of reasons, I didn’t do that. I applaud all those who did.

I just tallied my rides at BikeJournal.com for the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/30/tale-of-the-tape-highlights-of-my-bike-rides-in-april/

Pierce County’s Foothills Trail featured in Rails to Trails Magazine

Foothills Trail featured in Rails-to-Trail magazine

The magazine published by the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy features this month one of the most scenic rail-trails for bicycling in western Washington — the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.

I know this because I wrote the article. You can read Destination Washington: Following the Foothills Trail at the link.

The “destination” article is a regular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/16/pierce-countys-foothills-trail-featured-in-rails-to-trails-magazine/

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