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Last week’s outing

Posted by joeabbott on June 18, 2017

I mentioned I was getting in shape for the hiking season but, aside from “banged up”, I haven’t went into details about how or what I’m doing. Let’s take a look at last week’s outing.

The trip was a bike ride, from west to east, along the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, an old reclaimed railroad bed, from Rattlesnake Lake to Snoqualmie Pass. For those less familiar with the area, here’s a little diagram:

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The trail starts around 1000’ and ends roughly 25 miles later at a hair over 3000’; but the grade is level as can be, so you really don’t notice that you’re heading uphill. At least not in a fatiguing fashion.

While the Trail heads through some historic areas, there’s little left; a few signs from old depot stops (ostensibly for mining or forestry purposes), a few trestles that have been rebuilt, and the tunnel at the pass which is in great shape. Our timing was a bit unfortunate as we found out (after starting) that a marathon had been planned for that day on the JWP Trail, but we tried to avoid being a problem for the runners and, for the most part, they stayed to their side of the trail.

Here are a few snaps from the trip:

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And, aside from my spill not 10-minutes away from getting back to the cars, it was an uneventful trip. A bit of a sore tuckas from the long ride but the weather was great, the company was very fine, and I can now check-off “rode my bike to the Pass and through the tunnel at the top” from my list.

Thanks for dropping in.

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