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Gaining access to orphaned section of Foothills Trail in Pierce County

View from "trail to nowhere" bridge on Foothills Trail

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/

New path for bicycling on Olympic Discovery Trail

Olympic Discovery Trail near Camp Creek Trailhead

So what does 5 miles of freshly paved rail-trail look like? Head out to the Olympic Peninsula with your bicycle and take a look.

The newest section of the constantly expanding Olympic Discovery Trail that’s open to the public runs between Camp Creek Trailhead on Cooper Ranch Road and a forest service road that crosses …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/08/25/new-path-for-bicycling-on-olympic-discovery-trail/

15 awesome bike trails — Washington state to Washington DC

Discovery Trail on Long Beach Peninsula, WA

Many recreational cyclists are drawn to bike trails for the obvious reason — no traffic.

But bicycle trails can be much more than an alternative to riding your bicycle in the street. Some head off into the wilds where cyclists can find solace from everyday worries. Converted rail-trails often link up small towns in remote areas.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/10/15-awesome-bike-trails-washington-state-to-washington-dc/

Whitehorse Trail washout will get FEMA funds

Whitehorse Trailhead in Arlington on the right

The 1-mile section of Whitehorse Trail washed out by the devastating Oso landslide in March will be restored with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The rail-trail corridor rolls along the North Fork Stillaguamish River for 27 miles between Arlington and Darrington. The trail, still covered in the original railroad ballast, was damaged in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/05/20/whitehorse-trail-washout-will-get-fema-funds/

Last gap on Centennial Trail is open for bicycle traffic

Centennial Trail rerouted in Arlington

The last interruption of a completely off-road bicycle ride from the town of Snohomish to the Skagit County line is gone.

Crews in Arlington have rerouted and finished paving a one-mile segment of the Centennial Trail that previously had shared 67th Avenue with cars and trucks as it approached downtown from the south.

The completion …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/05/14/last-gap-on-centennial-trail-is-open-for-bicycle-traffic/

Last weekend to ride entire East Lake Sammamish Trail before construction

A cyclist heads from paved to gravel section of East Lake Sammamish Trail.

This weekend will be your last chance for about a year to ride the entire length of the 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish Trail that links the communities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah.

The 2.5-mile north Sammamish segment will be closed beginning Monday so contractors can begin upgrading the narrow gravel trail into a 12-foot-wide paved …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/19/upgrades-and-paving-for-east-lake-sammamish-trail-this-spring/

Bridging the gap on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

Bicycle-pedestrian bridge construction on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

When I stumbled across this scene on Sunday, I thought I had come upon one of the many road construction projects in Seattle.

But no, I was in Lacey, a neighbor of Olympia. Asking around, I learned that this construction job is actually a bicycle-pedestrian bridge that will complete the final missing link in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/14/bridging-the-gap-on-chehalis-western-trail-in-lacey/

Bike trail ruling by Supreme Court may have limited scope

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Most rails-to-trails projects in the US will not be affected by this week’s Supreme Court ruling, according to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

That assessment follows a US Supreme Court ruling (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust vs the United States) that the federal government could not turn a particular abandoned railroad right-of-way in Wyoming into a bicycle trail. That …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/13/bike-trail-ruling-by-supreme-court-may-have-limited-scope/

“Kate” the cyclist is returning to Couer d’Alene, Idaho

Statue of early 20th century bicyclist

The bronze statue of a woman dressed in early 20th century garb riding a bicycle is returning to the Riverton Park on the Spokane River in Couer d’Alene.

The statue, dubbed Kate, was stolen in early January. Thieves had removed the woman, leaving the bicycle behind. (A rare case in which the bicycle was not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/11/kate-the-cyclist-is-returning-to-couer-dalene-idaho/

Supreme Court ruling deals uncertain future for rails-to-trails program

Centennial Trail at Machias in Snohomish County

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of a group of Wyoming landowners on Monday in a case that could create a costly and major stumbling block for the rails-to-trails program.

The court ruled that when the federal government gave away land to private landowners under an 1875 law, and that land was later …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/10/supreme-court-ruling-deals-uncertain-future-for-rails-to-trail-program/

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