If you’re looking for a bicycling themed calendar to help keep track of your busy days as your roll through 2019, consider two that feature Washington rail-trails on their covers.
The calendar I’m most excited about is published by Rails to Trails Conservancy, featuring a photo I took last fall on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail.
If you’re familiar with this trail, you might recognize this scene on the stretch between the towns of Carnation and Duvall. While this is a shady trail segment in the summer, the big leaf maples and alders alongside the trail drop their bright gold and red leaves in the fall.
Meanwhile, the Washington state parks department put the Willapa Hills Trail on the cover of its 2019 calendar.
The length of trail shown is alongside Rock Creek, west of the town of Pe Ell. The trail rolls through the scenic countryside between Chehalis to South Bend, near the Pacific Coast. It’s the site of the popular Ride the Willapa bike ride in June.
The state has been steadily rehabilitating this trail ever since the storm of 2007 tore out numerous bridges along the eastern half of the trail in Lewis County. The Rock Creek segment is the last to be upgraded in Lewis County. Now the state will turn its attention to the western section in Pacific County.