The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hosting a special trek in July as the group celebrates its 25th anniversary. The trek will run from July 11-19.
Participants will hike and bike along the Mountains to Sound Greenway, traveling through forests and over the Cascades from Ellensburg to Seattle. It was 25 years ago when the original Greenway March took place, inspiring support to create a greenway along Interstate 90.
“The trek is an opportunity to see this region from a whole new perspective,” Amy Brockhaus, Greenway Trust Coalition director, said in a news release. She also took part in the 10th and 20th anniversary treks.
“Participants spend an entire week exploring the forests and trails of the Greenway, from biking along the Yakima River, to climbing the slopes of Rattlesnake Mountain, to a triumphant march across Lake Washington,” Brockhaus added.
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Highlights of the trip include traveling through 100-year old former railway tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, traveling some lesser-known trails in the Cascade Mountains and Issaquah Alps, and visiting communities along the way.
It is a chance, Brockhaus said, to experience the land supporters are now working to have designated a national heritage area.
In addition to the full trek, the coalition is offering bike-only, hike-only and single-day trips.
The bike-only trip will be July 11-14, from Ellensburg to Rattlesnake Lake along the John Wayne Trail. People want to just hike can do so July 15-19, going through the Issaquah Alps from Rattlesnake Lake to Seattle.
There will be a bike ride through the Snoqualmie Tunnel July 14, a hike on the hidden trails of Cougar Mountain July 18 and an opportunity to hike the final day of the trek into Seattle July 19.
Participants will bike 25-30 miles a day or hike 9-13 miles a day.
For multi-day options, the Greenway Trust provides guides, meals, camping locations, T-shirt, route map and gear transportation each day.
For single-day trips, the trust will provide guides, T-shirt, route map, snacks and shuttle service from cars to the start of the trip, since participants will park at the end destination and then hike/bike back toward it.
The full trek cost is $472 for adults and $275 for youth. The bike section is $250 a person, while the hike section is $350 a person. The single-day events are $25 a person.