Tag: rail-trails

Washington state trails opened up to farm vehicle use

Farmer to trail user: “Pardon my tractor.” That exchange may become common as Washington state allows motorized vehicles used by ranchers and farmers to have access to 455 miles of rail-trails now used primarily by bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians. The state Park and Recreation Commission approved the motorized use policy for trails last month. The new rule allows …

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NPS rolls back proposed user and camping fees on C&O Canal Towpath

A plan to charge an annual fee to bicyclists and other users along the entire length of the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath has been abandoned by the National Park Service. The park service, which administers the trail that links Washington DC and Cumberland, MD, also is dropping plans to charge a $20 per night fees …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/02/10/nps-rolls-back-proposed-user-and-camping-fees-on-co-canal-towpath/

Another bike trail attraction on Cedar River Trail

Bicyclists who ride out the Cedar River Trail have another place to pause, enjoy the river and learn a few things about our natural environment. Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, created the small trail-side park at their Van Ness Natural Area. It’s located about 4 miles upstream from Ron …

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Cross Kirkland Corridor bike trail officially opens Saturday

The first section of rail-trail on the main stem of the old BNSF railroad corridor east of Seattle opens in Kirkland on Saturday as the city hosts a “Seahawks-style” celebration. The official opening of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (see map) puts the city of Kirkland way ahead of its neighboring jurisdictions — King County, Bellevue, and …

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Oregon trail makes Top 10 longest rail-trails; John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington leads list

A trail in Oregon is the newest addition to the list of Top 10 longest rail-trails for bicycling. The 110-mile-long OC&E Woods State Line Trail — which follows the abandoned corridor of the Oregon, California, and Eastern Railroad — is listed at No. 10 on the Rails to Trails Conservancy’s latest listing of longest rail-trails. Most of the trail …

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National Park Service proposes entrance/camping fees for C&O Canal Towpath

[Update: Feb. 10, 2015 — NPS rolls back proposed fees on C&O Canal Towpath] Bicyclists using the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, one of the most popular bike touring trails in the nation, are facing new user fees along the entire length of the 184.5-mile trail from Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland. Also, a $20 per night fee would …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/12/national-park-service-proposes-entrancecamping-fees-for-co-canal-towpath/

Bridge completion closes gap on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

Bicyclists can ride the entire length of the 22-mile Chehalis-Western Trail in Thurston County now without mixing it up with road traffic in downtown Lacey. The third span in the three-bridge project in Lacey was completed ahead of schedule in December. The bridge over Pacific Avenue closed the last gap on the rail-trail that rolls from …

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Pierce County: Fallen tree knocks down Foothills Trail bridge; complicates connection plans

A tree that fell during that series of storms that swept through western Washington last month destroyed a bridge on an isolated portion of the Foothills Trail in Pierce County. The bridge collapse could further complicate plans to close the gap on the so-called “Trail to Nowhere” segment, a 1.2-mile section of the paved Foothills Trail …

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Gaining access to orphaned section of Foothills Trail in Pierce County

It could be called “The Bike Trail to Nowhere.” A 1.3-mile section of Pierce County’s scenic Foothills National Recreation Trail is paved, bridged and waiting for cyclists, hikers and horse riders. There’s just one hitch — there’s no good way to get to it. Access from the trail in South Prairie in the west is blocked by private …

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Biking out Preston-Snoqualmie Trail for some late season color

With a break in the rain, I rode my bike out the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on Friday to enjoy the fall colors. Unfortunately, I discovered that my timing was a little off. Many of the trees were already bare and their moss-covered limbs exposed for all to see. Although the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is paved, the wet leaves …

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