Sept. 15, Middle Fork Trail

Need a good workout?  It had been awhile since Francine and I had ridden the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie river trail.  It seems to be in the once every five year rotation.  I think it's the serious grunt factor that it requires, without any large downhills for a reward.  We made a loop of this ride by riding out on the road about 11 miles then approx. 12 miles back downriver on the trail.  Downriver is a bit misleading because you need to earn your way both going up the road then the up and down, off and on the bike, rocks, root,s and stream crossing littered trail.  You do feel like you are on a real mountain bike ride.  No big views, but nice narrow singletrack draped over by moss covered trees and an abundance of ferns fighting for their share of daylight.  We cranked out the trail in about 4 hours.  

Francine - Classic Northwet scenery

River crossing below Goldmeyer Hotsprings

Kevin tackles the roots

August 20, Blowout Mt. trail

This trip report is a little old, but my blog has been pretty non-active.  Since Colorado we have been staying close to home and enjoying the recreation opportunities in our backyard, Snoqualmie Pass.  We have been busy brushing out the trail network, and are even working on a couple of new trails. In August, I rode from the house towards Easton and hit Blowout Mt. trail a couple of times.   This trail is tough enough that is stays very skinny.  Views were gorgeous, unfortunately Mt. Rainier did not come out in this photo.   The first trip I  got stopped by a down log.  The second trip I managed a 90 mile loop, including Manastash Ridge trails and exiting the Taneum area via.1321 (North Ridge Trail).  Unfortunately 1321 has been heavily logged and is really not enjoyable.   Overall a great ride.   Next time I would exit via 1326 ( Cle Elum Ridge tr.  ) to Woods and Steel Rd..