I got a chance to take my bicycle for a spin on the Cedar River Trail from Renton through Maple Valley and, as always, was moved by this view. Thought I’d share it:
Definitely better than a day at the office.
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad built several trestles across the Cedar River after it crossed the Cascades at the Snoqualmie Pass tunnel, passed down the western face of the range and hit the flatlands toward Renton and Lake Washington.
Its final destination here was Tacoma.
Today, the trail (known as the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail) ends at Cedar Falls, about 20 miles west of the tunnel. It is closed as it passes through the watershed that feeds the city of Seattle, then emerges from the forest as the Cedar River Trail in Landsburg and makes it as far as Renton.