Tag: mountain biking

Cougar attacks 2 bikers in western Washington leaving 1 dead and 1 injured

Mountain bikers in the Pacific Northwest have a new concern about riding in the remote Cascade foothills after news spread that a cougar attack in the forests east of Snoqualmie and North Bend left one biker dead and another injured.

The Seattle Times reports it was only the second fatal mountain lion attack in the …

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R.I.P. Len Francies, mountain biker; services announced

Mountain biking trails in the Pacific Northwest lost a friend and supporter this past weekend when Len Francies died while riding on New Year’s Day with a friend on Grand Ridge, a forest near Issaquah.

As reported by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance:

“After a life of enthusiasm and boundless energy for riding, trail building, and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/05/r-i-p-len-francies-mountain-biker-services-announced/

Recharging my batteries on local bike trails

Twenty minutes. Research shows that’s all it takes to feel rejuvenated by being outside in nature.

Studies by the Journal of Environmental Psychology concluded: “Being outdoors was associated with greater vitality, a relation that was mediated by the presence of natural elements.” Further research at the University of Rochester concluded that “being outside in …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/12/28/recharging-my-batteries-on-local-bike-trails/

King County expands Taylor Mountain Forest; more trails planned

A mountain biking destination near the crossroads town of Hobart just got bigger with a property acquisition and plans to build more trails.

King County says it has acquired a 40-acre “inholding” at Taylor Mountain Forest, located just south of the intersection of Issaquah-Hobart Road and Route 18.

The $692,000 acquisition, located right in the middle of …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/21/king-county-expands-taylor-mountain-forest-more-trails-planned/

Conquering the Isle of Skye by mountain bike

Some of the street trials tricks that Danny Macaskill gets away with on his mountain bike are just amazing. All of his videos prove that he’s extremely talented.

The stunts in his newest video — Danny Macaskill: The Ridge — are just as mind-blowing.

This video also features the breath-taking scenery of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I’d have …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/04/conquering-the-isle-of-skye-by-mountain-bike/

Access to mountain biking trail limited for 3 summers by road construction

Good news: The long-awaited paving of the deteriorated Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road into the remote valley east of North Bend will finally get underway in May.

Bad news: It will be difficult — and at times impossible — for mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians to get out to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trailhead for …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/17/access-to-mountain-biking-trail-limited-for-3-summers-by-road-construction/

Adventure Cycling creates new backcountry bike routes in Idaho

After creating more than 42,000 miles of bicycle routes on paved, gravel and dirt roads, Adventure Cycling Association is taking a foray onto backcountry single track.

It’s new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route is a two-map set of the mountains, lakes and valleys of central Idaho.

The main 518-mile loop uses pavement, gravel roads, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/26/adventure-cycling-creates-new-backcountry-bike-routes-in-idaho/

Roadies and mountain bikers converge on Seattle’s Eastside

Bicycling enthusiasts will enjoy two-wheeled bliss on knobby and skinny tires this Saturday in Redmond and Issaquah.

The widely acclaimed Duthie Hill Park in the Issaquah highlands once again will be the site for the annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Also Saturday, the Cascade Bicycle Club …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2013/06/06/roadies-and-mountain-bikers-converge-on-seattles-eastside/

Seeking the best views on a rare, clear winter day

Precipitation in Seattle is falling about 30% ahead of average for 2012, and much of that has been over the last month or so. While that hasn’t keep me from running errands on my bike, it certainly has kept me from enjoying bike rides as I normally do.

So when the sun blasted through some thinning high clouds on Friday, I packed up and headed to a place where I could enjoy the views.
My destination was King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park, which sits at the edge of Carnation on the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers. A privately owned forest sits at the top of a steep climb behind the park, but the owners allow mountain bike …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/12/29/seeking-the-best-views-on-a-rare-clear-winter-day/

Trail news: Middle Fork Snoqualmie gets funding

The Mountains to Sound Greenway was happy to announce last week that it received a $150,000 grant from Waste Management to make improvements in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley.

One of the big draws to that area in the rugged mountains north of the Interstate 90 corridor is the Middle Fork Trail, which is used by mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians.

The Middle Fork Trail starts about 12 miles east of North Bend on the western slopes of the Cascades. I happened to visit the trail on Thursday and was amazed that such a wild area …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/09/16/trail-news-middle-fork-snoqualmie-gets-funding/