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Moderate/Brisk Iron Horse Trail Over Snoqualmie Pass (North Bend - 42 Miles)

This has been a very popular off-road ride since Brad and I have started leading this. Brad and I are going to be leading this ride for the fourth year in a row. Brad will be leading the brisk group, while I'll be leading the moderate group. There is definitely a lot to enjoy about this ride :-)

Ride Description: The Snoqualmie Tunnel is open, so LIGHTS and a jacket are required through the tunnel. Let's enjoy a fun off-road ride with beautiful views. We will meet in the Iron Horse State Park parking area near the bathrooms, ride the soft surface Iron Horse Trail up a 2% grade for 19 miles, through the 2.3-mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel, have lunch at the Hyak trailhead, then return to the parking lot. Leave your carbon road bikes at home -- you'll want a touring, mountain, cross or hybrid bike with wide, low pressure tires. The tunnel is dark, wet, and cold; so lights and jackets are necessities, and fenders are a good idea. Bring food and minimum of TWO LARGE WATER BOTTLES, or a 2-3 liter hydration pack. The only water source on the ride is at the Hyak Trailhead.

NOTE: This is an off-road ride; effort level will be similar to pace and distance on the road.

DIRECTIONS TO START: Take I-90 to Exit 32; go south on 436th Avenue SE, turning into Cedar Falls Road SE; follow this main road 3.1 miles. For free parking follow the signs to the Rattlesnake Lake parking (you'll have to bike to the Iron Horse Trail parking if choosing to park at this area, and here is the link on how to get to the state park via biking: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2834657). To be closer, go to the Iron Horse State Trail parking, which requires a Discover Pass.

More info about the ride leaders and ride can be found at:
http://www.cascade.org/node/18877

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  • Keith M.

    Thanks Marizel, for a great day!

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Shaun B.

    Great Ride!!

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • craig d.

    Nice ride Marizel and Brad. Thanks for posting it!

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Joe D.

    Sorry guys. I had to bail last minute something came up with my family. Hope it was a great ride.

    August 24, 2014

  • Domingo S.

    I know its a bit last minute but I have cyclocross and semi off roading (wide) tires and am wondering what is preferred. I dont like to run my cyclecross tires over hard long distances if I dont have to. Thanks and see you later today

    August 24, 2014

    • craig d.

      As long as you have at least 700x28 or 32 street tires you should be fine. I'm rolling on cycle cross tires as is some of the others. It just gives you a little more traction. I don't think 40 miles on dirt and gravel should put any extra wear on either type.

      1 · August 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello,
    Is anyone interested in carpooling?? I am in Lake Forest Park (north Seattle). Could also meet somewhere in Seattle (park n ride??) or along I-90 !![masked] or [masked] THANKS!

    August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, the two people I was going to borrow a headlamp from are out of town. Does anyone have an extra? I also have lights on my bike.

    August 22, 2014

    • Marizel S. M.

      As long you have lights that are bright enough for the tunnel, you should be good.

      August 22, 2014

    • craig d.

      Even if it's a weak light and all you have, bring that so that other riders following and oncoming can see you. I, Brad, and Marizel all have very bright lights and if you ride within the group behind one of us, you'll have plenty of light to see. Also make sure you have a blinky on the back so you can be seen by the rider behind you.

      1 · August 23, 2014

  • Marizel S. M.

    Greeting Everyone: I'll be leading the moderate group and plan to mentor Keith Miller, who is going for his second mentored ride. I'll need at least 4 riders to kindly join me and Keith to make the ride an official mentored ride :-)

    The weather for this Sunday is going to be great...Brad and I hope to see a lot of you at the ride :-)

    August 22, 2014

  • MARGE E.

    just curious, how do you ride moderate on gravel?

    August 18, 2014

    • Brad C.

      Hey Marge! Riding at a moderate pace on a soft surface trail isn't as difficult as it may sound. Hybrid, Touring, and Cyclocross style bikes with wider, low pressure tires operate on soft surface gravel trails nearly as easily as traditional road bikes operate on asphalt. You should exercise due caution as the gravel can be loose in places, much the same way you should be cautious of paint line and gravel over the road. Hope to see you at the ride!

      1 · August 21, 2014

  • Keith M.

    Marizel, could this ride qualify as my 2nd mentoring ride? I'm going to join you regardless to get some time on my mt bike. Thanks Keith

    1 · August 14, 2014

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