Trust’s summer trips offer chance to explore Greenway

Staff reportMay 18, 2014 

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has scheduled two trips this summer as part of its Explore the Greenway series.

The trips offer a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to explore the Greenway, which stretches from Seattle to Ellensburg along Interstate 90.

For 20 years, the trust has worked to protect the 1.5 million-acre corridor, tryng to maintain the recreation and education opportunities while balancing the needs of working forest operations and local agricultural production.

For both trips, the Greenway trust will handle the logistics, including providing a shuttle to bring participants and their gear to the starting point of each trip, education along the trail, post-trip barbecue and a T-shirt.

The cost is $25 per person. Organizers recommend signing up early as the trips do fill up. Learn more, or sign up, at mtsgreenway.org/explore-the-greenway/trips

Here is a descrption of this summer’s trips:

June 28: Snoqualmie Tunnel bike ride

Participants will have the chance to explore the 2-mile-long tunnel at Snoqualmie Pass, a remnant of the region’s railroad history. The trip will start at Rattlesnake Lake where a shuttle will take riders to the pass. The trip back will take riders through the tunnel’s cool darkness as part of a 20-mile downhill ride on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The trip offers sweeping views of the Cascades and a meal back at the lake. The trip will be from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Because the trail is packed gravel, organizers recommend riders use mountain bike or hybrid tires. Road bike tires are not advisable. Participants also should have a helmet and a headlamp — the tunnel will be completely dark.

July 19: Hidden Trails of Tiger Mountain hike

People taking part in this trip will have the chance to explore some of the lesser-known trails of Tiger Mountain. After a shuttle ride, the group hike from Issaquah to Preston, over Tiger Mountain, traveling through hemlock, Douglas fir and maple forests. Local guides will talk about the mountain’s history and ecology. The hike will cover 9 miles with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. It has moderate gains at the beginning and in the middle, while the rest of the hike is either relatively flat or has gentle up and downs. The trip will last from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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