Cedar River Trail and May Valley

Renton, Washington

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Do you ever, on a flat and open stretch of trail, just tune out your surroundings and listen to your body working with your bike? Legs operate like pistons, heart churns like an engine. Try this on the Cedar River Trail’s flat, open route, and you might get a feel for the trail’s first use: as a railroad. The trail, paved from Renton to Maple Valley then continuing to Landsburg as gravel, began life as a part of the Milwaukee Railroad. Reappropriated by the government through the “railbanking” mechanism, it’s a great jumping-off point for exploring the cusp of rural lands in south King County. The three-hour ride is at times loud and busy, but the exploration of the charms still existing in May Valley make it a worthy ramble through the civilization happening southeast of Seattle. And once you see the maze of suburban roads emanating from the trail, you’ll ?nd other rambles to explore.
Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

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Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

by Bill Thorness (The Mountaineers Books)

Do you ever, on a flat and open stretch of trail, just tune out your surroundings and listen to your body working with your bike? Legs operate like pistons, heart churns like an engine. Try this on the Cedar River Trail’s flat, open route, and you might get a feel for the trail’s first use: as a railroad.

The trail, paved from Renton to Maple Valley then continuing to Landsburg as gravel, began life as a part of the Milwaukee Railroad. Reappropriated by the government through the “railbanking” mechanism, it’s a great jumping-off point for exploring the cusp of rural lands in south King County. The three-hour ride is at times loud and busy, but the exploration of the charms still existing in May Valley make it a worthy ramble through the civilization happening southeast of Seattle. And once you see the maze of suburban roads emanating from the trail, you’ll ?nd other rambles to explore.

© 2014 Bill Thorness/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Renton
Distance: 28.2
Elevation Gain: 1,031 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 3 hours
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Cedar River Trail and May Valley

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2009
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Great road biking trail. It's busy on the weekends, so be prepared for rollerbladers, people who like to talk and walk in the middle of the path, and other bikers.



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