Cedar River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in King County, Washington. It is 12.4 miles long and begins at 533 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 24.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,069 feet.
Cedar River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Cedar River Trail makes a beeline on its way out of Renton across the valley toward the foothills of the Cascades. It’s no wonder. This popular rail-totrail path follows the route of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, whose highballing silk trains historically rushed that precious commodity on the final leg of its transport from Asia to East Coast markets."
--Gene Bisbee, Best Bike Rides Seattle (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bill Thorness, Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans (The Mountaineers Books).
"Beginning as a narrow path below the streets of Renton, the Cedar River Trail ascends to street level to head east toward Maple Valley and Landsburg Park. The final miles of rural, wooded pathway visit the Cedar River at its most dramatic. A side trip to Lake Wilderness offers the chance for a waterfront picnic. Surface: Asphalt, ballast (some of it heavy), and dirt. Location: The cities of Renton and Maple Valley, along with Lake Wilderness, all in King County."
--Mia Barbera, Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon (The Globe Pequot Press).
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