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Howdy!
The wife and I will be in Seattle July 7 - 11 and will have our mtb's with us. I have seached the internet and found tons of trails, all saying a variety of things. I am having a hard time narrowing this down.
What are your 2 or three favorite rides with the following criteria:
  • Are about 2-3 hours long for a sport/expert racers at a casual to moderate pace.
  • Are close to the metro area or accessable by bus or a short car ride. 20 miles away is acceptable.
  • Are fun and challenging but not geared to freeriding. (the Dos Niner does not take kindly to that kind of riding)
  • Have a beer tap at the end of the trail...kidding, sort of!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Cheers,
Stan
 

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Ride Middle Fork Snoqualmie or Lake Sawyer. Getting out of King County your options for better trails increases exponentially. It sounds like you're limited to close to city rides. Now that summer is here that's a shame.
 

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Crockpot2001 said:
  • Are close to the metro area or accessable by bus or a short car ride. 20 miles away is acceptable.
  • Have a beer tap at the end of the trail...kidding, sort of!
Banner Forest (ferry ride from West Seattle) w/ beers at the Elliot Bay Brewery in West Seattle on the return.
Metcalf Trust on Whidbey Island (ferry ride from Mukilteo) w/ beers at Diamond Knot Brewery on the return. Brewery right at the ferry terminal in Mukilteo.

I like the two above because they offer a combination of ferry ride and maybe a bus ride depending on where you're starting from. Some road riding to get to the trailhead. Both areas are somewhat on the smaller side (Metcalf being the smallest) but are fun, IMO.

If you can stretch the drive time just a bit (and I highly suggest you do), my top choice would be the Ranger Creek/Palisades/White River loop. Beers afterwards at The Mint in Enumclaw.

If you're here on a Thursday evening, I do a little 20-25 mile ride starting and ending at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. Its not a big deal, being mostly wide singletrack or doubletrack but 80% of the route is on dirt and we do have some stashes of neighborhood singletrack to liven things up a bit.
 

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20 miles and a beer tap definately limits things. Hit up JRA and his Thursday evening crew at Redhook on Thursday if you can just for fun. Just look it up at www.bbtc.org on the calendar.
I'm surprised that Skookum didn't point you to Tiger. Seems like everyone does. Lake Sawyer must be getting better with the second "bridges" trail. I still see that as a local after work ride more than one you'll write home to.

Middle Fork Snoqualmie or Skookum/White River with a Palisades addition if you can fit it in. The Metcalf or Fort Ebey thing on the island may be neat for someone from the central part of the country.

Maps can be found at NWSource.com under outdoors/biking.
 

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Thanks cool cats! We have secured a car from the friends we are visiting so we will strech our horizons to include rides in a 40-50 mile radius. Sounds like Enumclaw is the hot ticket.

Thanks again!

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Crockpot2001 said:
Thanks cool cats! We have secured a car from the friends we are visiting so we will strech our horizons to include rides in a 40-50 mile radius. Sounds like Enumclaw is the hot ticket.

Thanks again!

Stan
Yah go get that Greenwater stuff outside of Enumclaw. i personally think if i'm gonna recommend any trails to an out of towner i'd recommend Palisaides.

Check it out...
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=199880
 
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