Mountain Bike! Washington
by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)
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The trail has about 4 or 5 blown down dead trees blocking the path in several areas. You can pick your bike up over them though. This trail is still my favorite of all the local trails due to the view and the lengthy climb at "altitude" (for us low-landers). This is by far the best work out and the largest payoff at the top. Plus you get a fun trip back down. At the top there are still some snow drifts and I did sink in to my knee on one of them. Plan to get a little wet right now. Please don't ride around the drifts - you will destroy sensitive vegetation and irritate those who keep the trail open to mountain bikers. It is rideable all the way to the Plains - but going across the Plains toward Windy Ridge can be a challenge with plenty of hike-a-bike across the snow drifts. There is still more riding involved than there is hiking in snow - so it is definitely a go at this point.
Enjoy, and watch out for hikers. You will scare the crap out of them or worse yet- run over one - if you don't ride carefully coming down. Leave yourself room to stop going around the many blind corners. Bring at least the equivalent of two to three water bottles full of water and snacks - it can be from 4 to 5 hours round trip if you do the whole thing.
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