Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon
by Mia Barbera (The Globe Pequot Press)
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While the initial ride was comfortable and nice we found once we reached Maple Valley the trail was closed for construction, so took a small detour around it and found a nice little eatery with an excellent lunch. The trail was also under construction further down the road so we veered off onto the Lake Wilderness trail. Would like to do again when the construction is completed.
This is fine for what it is. I only jogged about an hour on it, so I haven't yet covered the whole thing. Parking near 405, and jogging from there west toward the water, it abruptly ended after about a half mile (though it had appeared on the map to go all the way to the water). So I turned back around and headed the other way. Going away from 405 (heading east) it is a nice, paved, shaded path for a couple of miles and then it cuts close to the highway, so it's kind of loud and not very peaceful. Flat. If you need a path to jog in the city, this works well esp. if you're meeting a running partner since it's so close to 405. I would never choose this as a place to take a great outdoor walk though as it's near the highway and noisy (at least the 3-mile stretch nearest 405).
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