With more than 9 miles of chain-link fence lining the trail and numerous KEEP OUT and NO TRESPASSING signs posted, Lake Youngs might feel like something out of an X Files episode. However, the mellow, perfectly mannered terrain is excellent for first-time off-road cyclists. Climbing is minimal, and nearly all the gravel and dirt trails are smooth and easy to navigate.
Riding next to a chain-link fence for 9 miles sort of defeats the purpose of getting back to nature, but this trail will not be destroyed by development like its neighbor, Lake Desire. Lake Youngs is part of the Seattle water system, which keeps it protected from urban sprawl. It also means, however, that the lake is completely fenced in and hidden behind a wall of thick, lush sword ferns, cedar trees and other evergreens, huckleberries, and big-leaf maples. Riders never get the slightest view of the lake, but deer are common behind the fence. Trail surface: Gravel access road and dual track.
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