Category Archive: Bike trails

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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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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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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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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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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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 for the …

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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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Big set back for connecting bike trails in King and Snohomish counties

Proposed rail-trail connection between Woodinville and Snohomish

Negotiations to use a 12-mile stretch of the Eastside Rail Corridor to connect the towns of Woodinville and Snohomish by rail-trail have been put on hold.

The breakdown in the talks between Snohomish County and the Port of Seattle dashes immediate hopes of expanding a regional rail-trail network that would enable bicyclists to ride from Seattle …

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Hit the trail: Opening Day for Trails is Saturday

Prepared for rain on a spring ride on Interurban Trail (south)

Many trail choices in Washington state

Saturday is Opening Day for Trails, an annual event created by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to celebrate thousands of miles of trails — including 22,000 miles of rail-trails — across the US.

Of course, trails are open year-round. This is just the non-profit’s way of encouraging people to start the spring right …

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East Lake Sammamish Trail reopening set for May

Grading the trail in preparation for paving this week

It will probably be May before a closed, 2.6-mile section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail is paved and reopened for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Then you better rush out and get in your bike rides on the 11-mile rail-trail that runs between Redmond and Issaquah by mid-summer, because that’s when another 1.2-mile section will be shut down for …

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