Category: Bike trails

Final upgrades to East Lake Sammamish Trail begin June 1; segments closed through 2023

The widening and asphalt-paving of the two remaining crushed rock segments on the East Lake Sammamish Trail begins June 1. The work means use of the 11-mile bicycle trail as a through-route between Redmond and Issaquah will be interrupted through late 2023.

King County Parks map (click for larger view)

King County Parks says the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2021/05/20/final-upgrades-to-east-lake-sammamish-trail-begin-june-1-segments-closed-through-2023/

Pedestrian bridge work starts on Willapa Hills Trail near Chehalis; short section closed

Work started this week on a long-awaited pedestrian bridge on the Willapa Hills State Park Trail over busy WA 6 in near Chehalis in Lewis County.

The pedestrian bridge will greatly improve safety at the WA 6 crossing, a high-speed highway with heavy traffic. Currently, a paved section of trail ends in deep gravel at …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2021/05/04/pedestrian-bridge-work-starts-on-willapa-hills-trail-near-chehalis-short-section-closed/

Another gap closed on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

Chalk up another trail segment opening along the 285-mile Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington state.

State parks image of completed Renslow Trestle in April 2021

The state parks department announced Thursday that work to the Renslow Trestle across I-90 is complete, meaning that trail users will no longer have to detour around …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2021/04/29/another-gap-closed-on-the-palouse-to-cascades-state-park-trail/

Mountains to Sound bike bridge completed in Bellevue

That bicycle bridge spanning the busy Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue opened this week.

Cyclists emerge from the tunnel under a freeway onramp

The project helps hundreds of bicycle commuters and recreational bicyclists daily who will no longer have to negotiate the busy Factoria Boulevard – I-90 interchange in the shopping district.

Officials started working on …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2021/03/31/mountains-to-sound-bike-bridge-completed-in-bellevue/

Improved Spruce Railroad Trail reopens at Lake Crescent

Part of the Olympic Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula Crescent Lake and mountain view from Spruce Railroad Trail in 2019

The Spruce Railroad Trail overlooking the remote north shore of Lake Crescent is “open for business” again.

Crews finished the months-long project to pave the trail and reconstruct and reopen two old tunnels on …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/12/04/improved-spruce-railroad-trail-reopens-at-lake-crescent/

Fall colors on Cedar River Trail

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 …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/11/05/fall-colors-on-cedar-river-trail/

Eastrail closures summer and fall 2020; detour available

Sign warns of trail closure

This is certainly a sign of things to come that no one wants to see — the closure of a useful rail-trail for 6 months.

It popped up in Bellevue recently along the Eastrail, that 2-year-old gravel rail-trail that runs alongside Lake Washington from Newcastle Beach Park in southern …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/06/24/eastrail-closures-summer-and-fall-2020-detour-available/

11 seconds on the Cedar River Trail

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 …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/06/19/11-seconds-on-the-cedar-river-trail/

Railroad spikes repurposed as art

Have you ever been riding along a rail-trail on your bicycle and spied a rusty railroad spike left over from the old railroad days?

I have. Sometimes I’ll carry it home and add it to my collection from local trails: three different locations along the Palouse to Cascades trail, Snoqualmie Valley trail, Willapa Hills trail, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/06/14/railroad-spikes-repurposed-as-art/

Cedar Falls Trailhead reopens on Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

The state parks department has reopened the westernmost trailhead on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. The Cedar Falls Trailhead, located in the vicinity of Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend, had been closed since March to promote social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mileage sign at Cedar Falls Trailhead before the park name change. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/06/12/cedar-falls-trailhead-reopens-on-palouse-to-cascades-state-park-trail/