The Beav - Trail, Issaquah, Washington

The Beav - Trail, Issaquah, Washington

DESCRIPTION

Simply, miles of singletrack. Loops of up to 12 miles are possible with little same direction travel on the same trail. You will backtrack some, but most of the sections are completely different when reversed. No maps exist, so remember your turn options as you ride (can't count how many riders me and my buddies have directed out). Winter is muddy, wet, and technical due to tight turns, roots, and, well, mud. Summer is FAST. Most of the trail system in on King County Park land, scheduled for development (soccer/baseball fields, mixed use trails) I'm posting this little secret in hopes that everyone who comes for a ride will return the favor of my post with an email/letter/phone call to KCP requesting they preserve the existing trail system for mountain biking. This worked at Big Finn Hill--let's make it work here. The alternatives for winter riding aren't pretty, and during the summer it will just mean more folks at Tiger.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 21, 2005]
Dave Green
Cross Country Rider

For people who live near the Issaquah/Sammamish area, this area is a great place to ride between October and April when Tiger is closed. The trail system is not very technical, but like the reviewer before said, just ride faster. It's nice that maps are posted for you throughout the area, but I prefer just ignoring them and keeping my flow. Plan out your first 4 or 5 turns right off the bat and then stop. It's super easy to find your way back home. The trails can get really muddy during the Winter months, but I would take that over the Summer nettles any day. I don't think you're supposed to ride this area at night, though it would be a great place for night riding. Does anyone know if this is allowed?

Customer Service

Get Lost!

Similar Products Used:

Tiger, Tolt, Tapeworm.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 01, 2004]
snowripper
Cross Country Rider

WARNING: If you enter this trail off of West Beaver Lake Road SE, beware there is a Momma bear with 2 cubs in the area. I heard her rustling in the brush about 40yds of the trail at Grand Junction. Didn't see her cubs but I'm sure they weren't too far off. Make some noise if you go into this area as not to startle her.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 15, 2004]
Tyler Gilsdorf
Downhiller

This trail is average It is nice because it is close to home But It is not as good as any of the other trails I have done in the area

Customer Service

Any

Similar Products Used:

Explore Find some new areas! Then tell us about them!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 08, 2003]
Shigma
Weekend Warrior

Trails are dry and fast, very wide open, and very well maintained although wet weather is looming. Nice trail maps posted at main intersection, no mondo hills but plenty of fine riding for most skill levels, Blue Jay is somewhat technical, and Devils Slide is awesome heading South.

Customer Service

There are a number of fine loops, you can easily get a good 1.5 hrs of riding, more with a few oposite direction trails.

Similar Products Used:

T-Mac, and St Eds. very Similar to this area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 23, 2000]
Aaron

I rode this on my singlespeed today and had a blast.
Still a pretty fast trail despite the mud.
Less muddy than St.Eds/Finn Hill.
Saw a guy out there walking the trails with his GPS. He said that he's posted maps (which I have seen in the past and found to be helpful) but people keep tearing them down.
So, please leave the maps.
Have fun.

Customer Service

Any that will eventually lead you back out to the road.

Similar Products Used:

St.Eds, Tapeworm, Victor

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 26, 2000]
Mark

Great trail. Pretty muddy this time of year, but blow downs are mostly removed, with some smaller negotiable (at least usually by me) obstacle left in place. A good work out pretty much any time of year.

Customer Service

Start off of the Beaver Lake Road. Take left turns at each trail intersection until you reach Kramer's Landing. Take a right and head up the trail. Continue to take left turns when possible until you reach the mylar balloon. Turn right and follow the signs back to the trailhead. Taking a left turn at the balloon leads to a muddy downhill with a very rewarding ride at the bottom.

Similar Products Used:

St Ed's. Preston Railroad Grade.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 02, 2000]
Evan

Very fun single-track. Fast, not to many hills and just enough mud holes, roots, and logs to keap it fun.

Customer Service

Park at Beaver lake park and ride into trails.

Similar Products Used:

Exit 20 on I-90 (for steep rocky climbs ands downhills)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 28, 2000]
Xavier

Nice intermediate single track, lots of mud and nettles, but not very much up and down. Some of the
trails are narrow with tree roots, but not very rocky.
Beautiful lush green area of large 2nd growth alders.

Customer Service

Called Beaver Lake or area 36
How to get to the trailhead.
Take I-90, get off at the East Lake Sammamish Parkway
exit. Go a short distance then take a right onto Issaquah Fall City Road and go about 3 miles, take a left onto Issaquah-Beaver Lake Road for about .5 miles, then take a right onto East Beaver Lake Drive SE
and go about 1 mile trailhead is on the right.

Similar Products Used:

Grand Ridge, whats left of Novelty Hill, Tolt-MacDonald park, Snoqualmie Valley Railroad Trail

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 06, 2000]
Hugh

At the risk of being negative, I think the beaver is kind of annoying. It twists & twists forever without ever actually getting technical (joy of the tapeworm). It's narrow, overgrown with very few fast sections. It is close to Seattle, but seems like depressing 2 star trail to settle for. Maybe some trail builders with more vision could make something better out of it.

Similar Products Used:

Tiger, St ed's are both much better.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 12, 2001]
Todd

This is a great trail for people living up on the plateau for the need of something nearby. I am wanting to go trailbuilding on it, but there is a golf course that is impeding on the space, and all this residential stuff going on, so it is getting smaller. I don't have a car and live on the plateau, so it is nice and easy for me to get to, the trails arent too technical, but try throwing a light on, and going for a really fast night ride, that is pretty fun. There are maps posted all along the trails too, so that was really cool of the builders of the trails. Happy riding.

Customer Service

None.

Similar Products Used:

go to St Eds or Tapeworm, Tolt is good too

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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