Pathfinder | 62 pts
I rode sections of this trail two days in a row, to figure out the best way to take short family ride with kids through the Snowqualmie tunnel section. The trail is on an old railroad right of way and runs along the mountainsides a short ways above I-90. Look on the mountain side to the right of I-90 heading east, for power lines and trestles as you head east from North Bend, towards Snowqualmie, if you want to see the line of the trail which the power lines also follow. The route is fairly scenic with waterfalls, beautiful and impressive old trestles and the tunnel is a real treat if you are prepared with a couple of powerful flashlights, jacket and hood or cap to shed the few dripping areas in the tunnel. If you ride a lot in the northwest the forest scenery will probably seem typical to you but impressive and interesting to visitors. For myself, I never really felt out in the wilderness - you are some distance uphill from I-90, but you can always hear the roar of traffic - like a fast flowing river or waterfalls below you. For inexperienced and un-conditioned riders, you should not try to ride east to the tunnel. The nearest good trail heads are too far away and would wear out and discourage weak riders. I found a trail head 1-2 miles east of Twin Falls Trail head but it still took over an hour to get to the tunnel, all up hill on the low level railroad grade. For a quick tour for weaker riders, youngsters and family you should drive I-90 east to Hyak exit and follow the Iron Horse Trail(also called John Wayne Trail) signs to the parking lot. Heading west(right when facing the trail from the Hyak parking lot) you enter the tunnel around a bend just 1 or 2 tenths of a mile away. If your group is up to a return ride uphill, you can continue downhill from the west end of the tunnel, about 3 miles to a very nice, high trestle, and check that out, before you turn around and ride back.