Tag: rail-trails

East Lake Sammamish Trail reopening set for May

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/20/east-lake-sammamish-trail-reopening-set-for-may/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/02/18/washington-state-trails-opened-up-to-farm-vehicle-use/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/02/05/another-bike-trail-attraction-on-cedar-river-trail/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/31/cross-kirkland-corridor-bike-trail-officially-opens-saturday/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/15/oregon-trail-makes-top-10-list-of-longest-rail-trails/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/08/bridge-completion-closes-gap-on-chehalis-western-trail-in-lacey/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/12/29/fallen-tree-knocks-down-foothills-trail-bridge-complicates-connection-plans/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/26/gaining-access-to-orphaned-section-of-foothills-trail-in-pierce-county/