Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area
by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)
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Good trail, lotsof hazards though. broken tree branch sticking out punctured my thigh about 5 miles in. So be careful.
Tapeworm is a fascinating exercise in urban land use. It snakes and flows around a small parcel of land shared with the public utility district. And the result is plenty of balance and skill challenges without requiring riders to risk life and limb. It's a good challenge for a intermediate to advanced rider. There are lots of natural obstacles (roots, ruts, mud, logs, some rock) and a few man made obstacles (teeter-totters, ladder bridges, a skinny or two). I always enjoy Tapeworm, whether it be a day, night, winter, spring, fall or summer. It's a good choice for a challenge without a long drive to the trailhead.
As my buddy said, "I haven’t used this many band-aids since I was a kid! ;-)" What a blast!
The trails aren't quite as narrow as the description suggests, but the turns sure are tight. The trails are sometimes so close together that it's easy to cross over and find yourself going the other way. There are a lot of thorns just off the trails though so be careful if you do go off.
Tons of obstacles, from log piles to giant jumps I couldn't imaging taking anything but a motocross bike over to long narrow ramps. You can get as crazy as you want. You'll definitely leave a better rider.
The ride wasn't physically hard (other than the bumps, bruises & cuts). The elevation probably doesn't change more than 50 feet.
Can't wait to get back again!
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