Explore some of the best the Greenway offers

Staff reportJune 23, 2013 

Several cycling families enter the Snoqualmie Tunnel at Hyak while riding the Iron Horse Trail. On Saturday, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hosting a ride through the tunnel and along a portion of the trail.

PETER HALEY/STAFF FILE, 2008

For the third year, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hold its Explore the Greenway trips. This year’s trip include a bike ride through the Snoqualmie Tunnel and hike on Rattlesnake Mountain.

With Congress considering making the greenway a national heritage area, this year’s trip offers a chance to explore theses special landscapes, said Cynthia Welti, executive director for the trust.

The trust formed to conserve and enhance the outdoor experience along the Interstate 90 corridor from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington.

Here are some of the details:

Tunnel ride: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Participants will have the chance to ride through the 2-mile long tunnel at Snoqualmie Pass, part of that area’s railroad history. That stretch is just part of a bike trip along a 20-mile stretch of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The event will conclude with a barbecue at Rattlesnake Lake.

While the trail ride will not be strenuous, since it is downhill on the railroad grade, each participant must be capable of riding a bike for at least 20 miles. There will be stops along the way to learn about the area’s history and ecology as well as hydration stops. Event organizers recommend participants ride a mountain bike or a hybrid since it is a gravel trail.

Required gear includes a bike helmet and a headlamp, since the tunnel will be completely dark. Also, participants will need to have a Discover Pass because cars will be parked at a state park.

Mountain hike: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13. This will be a 10.2-mile hike along the length of Rattlesnake Mountain. In addition to views of the Snoqualmie Valley and Cascade Mountains, hike leaders will stop occasionally to explain the importance of the area.

Participants will meet at Snoqualmie Point Park at the west end of the mountain and ride a shuttle to Rattlesnake Lake on the east side of the mountain. The trail leads to the Rattlesnake Ledges, then heads west along the crest of the mountain. The trail has moderate climbs and an elevation gain of 2,520 feet.

For both trips, the Trust will organize the logistics, including shuttle service, directions and the post-trip meal. The cost is $25 per person.

Get more details and register at mtsgreenway.org.

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