Tapeworm - Trail, Renton, Washington

Tapeworm - Trail, Renton, Washington

DESCRIPTION

This is a night ride but it can be fun during the day as well. The trail is very narrow and technical and you never go more than five feet before turning. There are several manmade obstacles including a tough 2X4 balance beam, a very well built teeter-tooter and a hard rock garden. The ride is very short, so you can do tons of loops.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 04, 2008]
Tarekith
Downhiller

Pretty fun trail, though there were times I swear I was going to get motion sickness. Really slow line for the most part, as mention it's tons of turns back and forth, back and forth, and.... back and forth some more. BBTC recommends you do the loops clockwise, and for the most part that's the way I'd want to do them anyway.

A few parts out in the open under the powerlines were REALLY overgrown, and a lot of the turns were easy to wash out on since the dirt was so loose from lack of rain. A few small stunts here and there, nothing even a beginner couldn't handle. Overall I'm glad I checked it out, but there's other trails close by that are more my style. This is really slow riding, more a balancing act than anything. Reminded me of Phase 1 of the Collanade project in Seattle.

Customer Service

Clockwise from the entrance, hard to miss all the loops as long as you keep going in that direction.

Similar Products Used:

South SeaTac. Faster and smoother trails, longer flow lines, and a great section with a LOT of nice jumps and drops.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 11, 2007]
noremorse
Downhiller

This trail is a butt kicker. It winds back and forth. When you think you are done, you are not even close. It is kind of weird how close the trail loops together. Lots of quick turns, uphill portions with stumps and logs you have to hop at the top of the uphill. There is a section with some dirtjumps, bridges with dropoffs, two teeter-totters, etc. It is a long ride.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead with the yellow sign that reads "Begin".

Similar Products Used:

Mr. DNA, Parasite

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 22, 2004]
Tenchiro
Weekend Warrior

I have been riding these trails alot lately, and am very happy with the condition they are in. Tne new construction is very well made and keeps with the overall challenge of the area. My favorite section currently is Parasite, starting from the top and hitting it backwards. The uphill log crossings offer a different challenge and riding it backwards really makes it feel totally different.

Customer Service

I like to drop in on the top of Parasite (near the road), then after a lap there head over to Mr. DNA then down for a lap around Tapeworm.

Similar Products Used:

Lake Sawyer is very similiar, but much bigger.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 08, 2004]
nullman
Weekend Warrior

I completely agree with everyone about the great job done by the trail designers/builders. Very tight trail that is in great shape considering the 300+ riders a week (by one estimate) that ride the 'worm. When I rode (early March) trail was very muddy. -Not just in spots - the whole durn thing. Even so, I only dabbed a few times, from spinning out and on a couple of the stunts. I think with a little dry weather or a couple of laps' practice, I might clean the whole thing. I only found one place where the mud was deeeep. I was a little disappointed because I have heard about this amazing trail for 10 years and when I finally rode it, it just couldn't live up the epic legends I have heard/created. It wasn't quite as difficult as some of the local trails I ride every week. Kinda bumpy - you hardtail riders will have a harder time. And I have to disagree with someone below who said the trail has no flow. I really liked the rhythm of the trail - rode the whole thing in a 32T/30 gear, nothing too steep. If you live close to this trail, consider yourself lucky. If not, find or build something similar close by. Ride on!

Customer Service

Want a harder challenge? Go find the Parasite to the north. Parasite has a lot of things to crawl/hop/roll over, many on an uphill. Also seems to see less traffic.

Similar Products Used:

Only happy trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 02, 2004]
Valerie
Racer

I rode this trail while visiting Seattle. Seems this is one of the few trails that are open in winter. The trail is a great example of how to make absolute maximum use of a small amount of land. Lots of tight, twisty fairly technical trail. Some cool little bridges & ramps & a well built little teeter totter. I met up with a few friendly locals who showed me around, otherwise I probably wouldn't have found everything. My only complaint about this trail is that it's so tight it lacks flow. Every little downhill has a tight 180 at the bottom so you're unable to carry any momentum as you head back up the hill. The hills are short though, & trying to clean all the roots & logovers & twisty turns made this a fun ride. The trailbuilders did a nice job!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 10, 1998]
Sara

There's more here than just the Tapeworm. For a better description and complete directions, check out http://www.dirtnw.com/trails/wash/renton.html This is from my favorite source for Washington trails. They Rock.

Customer Service

http://www.dirtnw.com/trails/wash/renton.html

Similar Products Used:

http://www.dirtnw.com/trails/wash/renton.html

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 18, 1998]
Dino Rick Russell

Most MTBers have a Love-Hate relationship with "The 'Worm"...but if you're a REAL MTBer and you ride it often; your overall skills will improve and all other singletrack will be a piece of cake. Like the Cyco Active T-shirt says; "It's no walk in the park". You will find yourself competing for fewest "dabs", etc.

Customer Service

Always start at the beginning and ride in the designated direction per the posted maps.

Similar Products Used:

Mr DNA, Crop Circles, Parasite, Royal Hills.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 19, 1998]
Tom Fitzpatrick

Excellent close-in skill-builder, with whimsical touches (art, teeter-totters, etc.:-] ). Would be 5-star if it weren't on an ugly powerline cut, but we are very, very lucky to have this!

Customer Service

It's one-way, so follow directions, go in to the left, come out on the right.

Similar Products Used:

Mr DNA, Parasite, Royal Hills

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 18, 1999]
Stephen

Tapeworm is some of the most technical riding near Seattle. It is great night or day. Particularly at night because you see your friends lights in front of you and it looks like they are on a different trail. Day time is fun too though. There are some great obstacles like: boulders, a few teeter totters, some 2x4 balance beams, a bunch of logs including an 18incher. It is great. Even more challenging in my opinion would have to be Parasite. This trail has a log every 15-20ft. or so. It is great fun. Some fun little drops on it. A log cut in half that is ridable but tricky. It has some tires cut in have nailed to it at the end for grip but right now (january) it is very slick. Crop Circles is real fun too especially at night.

Customer Service

The right direction!

Similar Products Used:

Crop Circles, Dr. DNA, Parasite, Royal Hills, Towers of Power

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 20, 1999]
Bernie Loeffers

The tight, narrow turns and obstacles like boulders, teeter-totters and numerous logs are laid out along with short, sharp decents and climbs. Great practice although not beautiful to look at. It is close to town and I have never found it crowded. Yes it is frustrating, but you see the benefit when you ride anything else in the area.

Customer Service

The trail is designed for one way traffic. There is ample challenge in following the directions.

Similar Products Used:

Mr. DNR & Parasite

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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