Tag: Washington

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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Support John Wayne Pioneer Trail at meetings in May

Do you support upgrading the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern Washington so it can live up to its potential as a cross-state off-road route for bicycle travel? A fight to fund improvements and improve access to the rail-trail east of the Columbia River has been waged by eastern Washington trail advocates for months. Those …

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New 520 bike path scheduled for May opening

Now that cars and trucks are using the new floating bridge over Lake Washington, opening the multi-use bike path is next on the checklist. Sometime in mid to late May is the target. WSDOT posted this photo of the “regional shared-use path” on Flickr this weekend. As one viewer commented, in surprise and perhaps disgust, “This …

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Tour de Peaks cancels for 2016

An annual bicycle tour that focused cyclist’s attention on the scenic Snoqualmie Valley since the 1990s is going on hiatus for a year. The organizers of the North Bend-based Tour de Peaks are cancelling the 27th edition of the bike ride in 2016. In a message on the ride’s Facebook page, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of …

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Two public hearings for future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail

The issue of preserving and upgrading the 253-mile-long John Wayne Pioneer Trail must be rising on the radar screen of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. After years of neglect, the abandoned railroad corridor in eastern Washington will be the subject of two public hearings in March. Here are the details as released by …

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John Wayne Pioneer Trail supporters head to Olympia; seek more trail funding and end to permits

Supporters of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail should probably thank the two state legislators who mounted a muddled attempt last year to give away one-third of the 253-mile-long rail-trail in eastern Washington to adjacent landowners. The ploy, spoiled by a simple typo in a state budget item, galvanized trail advocates into action after a series …

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Highway 520 bike trail opens in April; big bike ride planned

[Update: April 25 — The bridge bike path set to open in middle to late May ] Get ready to pop the corks on your water bottles in celebration. The bike trail on the soon-to-be-completed Highway 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington is set to open in April. A grand opening ceremony for the 1.5-mile-long …

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Different strokes to usher in New Year

There are lots of way to celebrate New Year’s. If at all possible, I take a ride on my bicycle to welcome the new year. Earlier today, my new year’s ride down to Coulon Park in Renton happened to coincide with the annual Polar Bear Plunge at the park. I heard shouting as I passed …

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