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Happy 100th to the Snoqualmie Tunnel

Snoqualmie Tunnel 1912 - 1914

When I went overnight bike-camping on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail last week, I paid particular attention to the inscription above the west portal of the 2.3-mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel.

“Snoqualmie Tunnel — 1912 – 1914″

Looks like there’s a centennial anniversary coming up.

The unlit tunnel is at the high point of the rail-trail that runs …

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Guided bicycle tour of John Wayne Pioneer Trail offered Saturday

Visitors to Snoqualmie Tunnel after it reopened in 2011.

If you’ve been hankering to ride through the 2.3-mile-long Snoqualmie Tunnel on your bicycle and follow-up with a 20-mile downhill ride to the trail head near Rattlesnake Lake, then this is your weekend.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is presenting the Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride on Saturday at the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Reservations are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/23/guided-bicycle-tour-of-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-offered-saturday/

A new multi-day bike tour guide for Washington state

Bike touring guide for Washington state

It’s a simple fact that Washington state is best seen from a bicycle saddle. You don’t have to take my word for it, though.

Bike travel guide author Ellee Thalheimer and her team of intrepid bicycling explorers have proved it in a guidebook that’s available now, “Cycling Sojourner – A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.”

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/05/a-new-multi-day-bike-tour-guide-for-washington-state/

Horses and wagons make annual John Wayne Pioneer Trail pilgrimage

Tom Short at the reins of a wagon

ELLENSBURG — Has anyone ever yelled at you to “Get a horse” when you’re out for a bike ride? I thought of that comment when I encountered horses and wagons on the Thorp-Ellensburg segment of the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail on Sunday.

The John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders Association is making its annual …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/05/26/horses-and-wagons-make-annual-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-pilgrimage/

Vote for your favorite trails in Washington state

John Wayne Pioneer Trail near tunnel

 

What are your favorite trails in Washington state? Inquiring minds at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy want to know.

Actually, the nonprofit trails advocacy group has been featuring Washington trails all month long on its social media, including the RTC TrailBlog. To wrap up, they’d like our input on a “10 Best” blog post at the end …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/21/vote-for-your-favorite-trails-in-washington-state/

US Supreme Court battle threatens rail-trails

Foothills Trail in Orting

See update, March 10, 2014 — “Supreme Court ruling deals uncertain future for rails-to-trails program.”

A Wyoming landowner’s challenge to a law that helps establish rail-trails for bicyclists and others on abandoned railroad right-of-ways could add a layer of uncertainty to development of rails to trails in the future.

There could be implications in Washington …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/15/supreme_court_battle_threatens_rail_trails/

Escaping the Seattle fog: Blue skies at the Hyak trailhead

The scene at Keechelus Lake in the fall from John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

If you’re like me, then this foggy weather is probably getting you down. I improved my outlook last weekend by taking a relatively short drive to Snoqualmie Pass where I pedaled on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail between Hyak and Easton in the glorious sunshine.

With more fog forecast for this coming weekend, it might …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/10/25/escaping-the-seattle-fog-blue-skies-at-the-hyak-trailhead/

10 longest rail-trails for bicycling — John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington leads the list

Bicyclists get stunning views from trestles on John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail — stretching for 253 miles across two-thirds of Washington state — now leads the list of longest rail-trail conversions in the U.S.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy compiles the online list of 14 rail-trails that exceed 100 miles. In the latest update, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail jumped from 4th to 1st …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/10/22/10-longest-rail-trails-for-bicycling-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-in-washington-leads-the-list/

All John Wayne Pioneer Trail tunnels reopen

Celebrating the Snoqualmie Tunnel opening in 2009

For the first time since 2009 all five tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in the Iron Horse State Park are open for bicycling.

You just have to leave your name at the entrance to a couple of them. Liability issues, you know.

The state closed all five tunnels on the 100-mile stretch of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/07/19/all-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-tunnels-reopen/

State repairing 2 more tunnels on John Wayne Pioneer rail-trail; 2 others remain closed

State repairing Tunnel 49 east of Hyak

Contractors are working to repair two tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that have been closed since 2009 when inspectors found falling debris hazards inside of them.

The two former railroad tunnels — Numbers 48 and 49 on the old Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad, commonly known as the Milwaukee Road — are located east of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/06/13/state-repairing-2-more-tunnels-on-john-wayne-pioneer-rail-trail-2-others-still-closed/

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