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I am flying into Seattle on Saturday the 15th. My brother is picking me up at the airport and will have his fat bike and Ritchey P-650b with him (luckily we are twins and this will make it easy). I have that day to ride as my son graduates the next day and then a large family road trip starts. So, tell me XC type trails that are relatively quick to get to from the airport, up to an hour away, as I still have to meet up with the rest of the family that afternoon. Go...
 

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TrailForks - get it if you don't have it.

Phillip Arnold Park / Tapeworm is one of the closer options to the airport.

Where are you staying? Lots of trails along the I-90 corridor on the Eastside. Grand Ridge/Duthie/Soaring Eagle, Ollalie, even Lower Raging River (Poppin' Tops, Flow State). Tiger Mountain.

Ollalie has some great views - if you only do one, probably recommend this if you're looking for XC type trails.
 

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There is an XC race at Raging River on Saturday, so Tiger, Duthie would be my suggestions. Olallie is fine as well (big climb, fast easy descent). But Tiger is more interesting--moderate climb (1000 ft) followed by fun blue- black or double black descents that are mostly awesome. Duthie Hill Park is pretty flat skills park with some xc trails (about 5 miles total) and short free ride trails that are super fun (blue to double black). It is a well designed progessive skills trail area--great for working on jumps, drops and cornering. Look on Trailforks for more info. Tapeworm has its charm but is mostly just simple twisty short trails on local hills.
 

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I would say if you don't mind some mild tech, Tiger then. Ride up Masterlink to the summit (1000 ft climb). Ride down the Summit trail to Preston Railroad Trail, the Silent Swamp, JoyRide, NW Timber back to car (or throw in The Legend then back to car). Should take about 2 - 3 hours. There are variations that involve more tech (blueish black OTG, NOTG, EBAD etc...) That climb at Olallie on a fat bike would hurt, but the trail is smooth and you could always turn around part way up. If you want to avoid big climbs and just want to tool around on flatter trails, try Duthie or BDOS (Black Diamond Open Space). Both are better than Tapeworm.
 
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