Weekend Getaway for Nov. 6


WHAT: New this year, Swan Creek’s mountain bike park is the South Sound’s first designated mountain bike trail system. The trails are relatively short, but work crews have crammed a lot into this 50-acre patch of Swan Creek. Trails range from beginner to expert, with the longest, Hustle & Flow, offering something for all abilities. The trail system on Metro Parks Tacoma land was assembled by volunteers and coordinated by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.

WHEN: Open daily.

WHERE: Parking is located on East 56th Street east of Portland Avenue, or on T Street near Lister Elementary. To view trail access routes, view a map of the trail system at Metro Parks Tacoma’s website.

COST: No fee.

HISTORY: Phase 1 of the trail construction projected finished in March and organizers hope to add more trails soon.

OF NOTE: The mountain bike portion takes up just 50 acres of the 323-acre park. Cyclists are not allowed on the soft surface pedestrian trails in other parts of the park. Metro Parks officials ask trail riders to wear a helmet. There are several obstacles along the trails, which can be avoided if they are above the rider’s skill set. For more information on volunteering to help maintain the trail and building new trails, go to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s website.

MORE INFO: metroparkstacoma.com, evergreenmtb.org.