Mountain Bike! Washington
by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)
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This is a nice network of singletrack and fire roads. I am not much for fire roads, but the singletrack is great! Very well maintained, with many well built bridges and clear signs posted. It was a warm. almost hot day and the trails were dry, a bit dusty, but very fast. Traction was good as well. DIfferent loops can be made by linking up various trails and roads. There is a fair amount of climbing but its not so bad that you hate life while doing it. These trails are multi use and you will see horses and hikers on them as well. There are many more trails in the area, accessible from these roads that mountain bikes are not allowed one. All trails are posted as to which users can use which trails. All in all its a great place to ride if you dont want to make a long trip from the Seattle area.
This PooPoo Point Trail was a great place to take advantage of a warm Winter afternoon. My dog and I hiked from the Issaquah Community Center to the North Parasail Launch at PooPoo Point and back [10 miles +/-]. The trail was muddy in spots but in good shape for hiking. We had this trail virtually to ourselves. We were 15 miles from the heart of Seattle yet we saw no more than 4 people on the trail. Mostly a woods hike, there were no great views until we reached the Parasail Launch area. Then we enjoyed a 200 degree view across miles and miles of Maple Valley across to Squak Mtn and beyond. There is a bathroom and picknick tables at the Parasail Launch plus plenty of quiet logs to sit on and enjoy a lunch in the woods if you prefer. Carry water. Go now and go often in the weeks to come hikers on this trail will see Spring slowly unfold as the Trilliums arrive, birds sing and the sounds of Spring creeks erase the sounds of the city from our minds for awhile.
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