Fall colors on Cedar River Trail

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Two cyclists head back toward Renton on the Cedar River Trail earlier this week

The northeastern US traditionally might have the best fall colors, but the leaves put on a show out here in the Pacific Northwest as well.

Took a ride up the Cedar River Trail on a sunny day earlier this week, and captured the sight of this pair speeding back toward Renton, WA.

Although this week’s rains and wind may have taken a toll on the scenery, it’s still worth a ride up the river on this trail, or others in the area.

Good trailheads are near Houser Way South or the Ron Regis Park, both in Renton. Ron Regis has more parking, and is 3 miles along the trail from Houser Way. The paved trail rolls along the river for about 9 miles to the junction with the Green to Cedar River Trail in Maple Valley, where the surface becomes packed gravel. The final 6 miles or so to Landsburg are much quieter than the stretch alongside Maple Valley Highway.

The trail ends in Landsburg where you’ll find another trailhead. Beyond here, the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad corridor enters the drainage area of the Seattle water supply and is closed to visitors.

King County Cedar River Trail

A cyclist rides through an underpass on Cedar River Trail.

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