Tag: Washington

New Eastside Rail Corridor is ready for bicycles

If you’re looking to explore “new” bicycling routes on Seattle’s Eastside this weekend, you can visit the two, long-awaited, completed sections of the Eastside Rail Corridor. For all intents and purposes, a 4-mile section between Newcastle Beach Park in Bellevue and Coulon Park in Renton is open, as is a 1-mile segment connected to the …

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WA bicycle trails get funding: List includes John Wayne Pioneer, Whitehorse, Centennial and Olympic Discovery trails

Washington state legislators finally approved a state capital budget last week that includes millions of dollars for bicycle trail improvements. The 2017-2019 budget was drafted for passage in June 2017, but dysfunction at the Olympic junction created an impasse between Republicans and Democrats, delaying final approval until this past Thursday. The SSB 6090 budget summary …

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“Cycling the Pacific Coast” is definitive guidebook for West Coast adventure

If a bicycle tour of the Pacific Coast is in your sights, you should consider using “Cycling the Pacific Coast” by Bill Thorness. The book published by Mountaineers Books is nothing less than the definitive guidebook for those traveling the 2,000 miles from Vancouver, BC, to the Mexican border. Bill Thorness, a Seattle-based author and …

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How bicycle travelers can pitch their tents at full WA state park campgrounds

One of the common worries of bicycle travel involves pulling into a state campground late in the day and finding out that all the campsites are taken. The prospect of heading out on a dark road or stealth camping in the woods looms ahead. A policy update by the Washington State Parks assures this won’t …

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It’s now time to save the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington state

Eastern Washington Republican legislators once again are throwing a monkey wrench into the state park’s department plans to improve the eastern half of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail between the Columbia River and Idaho border. The rail-trail stretches from North Bend to the Idaho border, and at 285 miles is one of the longest in the nation. …

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Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival celebrates trail upgrades

Organizers for the first-ever Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival coming up June 25 and 26 in Chehalis can breathe a sigh of relief. For the first time in 9 years, all the old railroad trestles along the 23-mile route between Chehalis and Pe Ell  are open and ready for bicycle riding. The last …

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Historic Tokul Creek Trestle reopens on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

The 400-foot-long Tokul Creek Trestle on the Snoqualmie Valley  Regional Trail has reopened for business. The timber trestle, spanning a 120-foot-deep canyon since 1911, had been closed since last September when King County decided it was time to close the old railroad trestle for repairs. Visiting bicyclists will notice that contractors replaced the cement deck panels. …

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Scenic stretch of Willapa Hills Trail in SE Washington state reopens

For the first time since a dark and stormy night in 2007, bicyclists in Lewis County can ride a reasonably surfaced rail-trail from Chehalis to Pe Ell — a distance of 22 miles. State parks officials this week essentially opened this stretch of the 56-mile Willapa Hills Trail when they signed off on a trestle …

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30 bicycle-friendly camping spots in western Washington

Interactive map of bicycle-friendly camping in western Washington

Adventure Cycling Association is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bikecentennial 76 this summer by sponsoring National Bike Travel Weekend on June 3-5.
This is supposed to be fun, so there aren’t any hard and fast rules — except you need to ride a bicycle.

The Adventure Cycling staff just wants people to get in the bike-traveling mood this summer. Camp, stay at an inn, or plop down on a couch you found …

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“We’re winning” efforts to save the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Most people who attended the state parks department’s planning meeting in Preston earlier this week for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail couldn’t help but come away with a feeling that things are bound to get better for the eastern section of the cross-state rail-trail. “We’re winning,” trail advocate Ted Blaszak told me after the meeting on Tuesday. “We’re saving …

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