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My hubby is thinking about attending a work-related conference in June in Tacoma. I figured if he's going I may as well go too if there's some good riding to be had (I think I can guess who'll be having more fun ;) ). Anyway, I know absolutely nothing about the area... the only states I've been to since moving to the US are Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona (not counting the states I've stopped in for an hour waiting for flight connections). Anyway, if there is any good XC type riding in or around Tacoma I'd like to check it out. I'd put myself firmly in the beginner category, and I'm looking for XC type riding... nothing too gnarly but I can handle a few technical bits (and anything I can't handle I'm not afraid to walk). Please let me know what there is to ride in the area so I can decide whether I should book days off work or not.

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- Jen.
 

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mahgnillig said:
My hubby is thinking about attending a work-related conference in June in Tacoma. I figured if he's going I may as well go too if there's some good riding to be had (I think I can guess who'll be having more fun ;) ). Anyway, I know absolutely nothing about the area... the only states I've been to since moving to the US are Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona (not counting the states I've stopped in for an hour waiting for flight connections). Anyway, if there is any good XC type riding in or around Tacoma I'd like to check it out. I'd put myself firmly in the beginner category, and I'm looking for XC type riding... nothing too gnarly but I can handle a few technical bits (and anything I can't handle I'm not afraid to walk). Please let me know what there is to ride in the area so I can decide whether I should book days off work or not.

Thanks,

- Jen.
http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selectedpark=Dash+Point&pageno=1
 

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Dash Point is very close, short and sweet. i'd definately recommend Lake Sawyer as well. Both places are going to be a challenge for a beginner but nothing overwhelming.

i'd recommend things a bit further away in the mountains for an exponentially better nature experience. Trails like Middle Fork Snoqualmie, White River/Skookum Flats should be well clear of snow by that time.

As your time here approaches, bump this post back up and i'm sure someone around here will get you dialed in with a ride or directions and such.
 

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I'd say Dash Point will be your best bet. Lake Sawyer can be confusing, even with a map. Where as with Dash Pt., the park's small enough where it's fun getting lost. Gig Harbor area might also be worth it.
 

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Banner Forest

Banner Forest is just across the Narrows Bridge maybe 30 minutes away, max. It's very easy to get to from Tacoma. After the ride you could hit the Tides Tavern for your favorite spirit and Fish n' Chips.

Banner has lots of good, fun, XC trails, perfect for a beginning rider. I can email you a couple of different trail maps if you'd like. Not all the trails are shown since we are lucky enough to have a few trail builders that work non stop (or so it seems). If you'd like some one to ride with let me know or check out www.stmcc.org . STMCC is a great mtn bike club that rides out there often. Dave S from BBTC, www.bbtc.org, likes to lead rides out there as well.

As the time gets closer, check out both the calendars at each club's web site. You'll be able to find lots of rides near Tacoma with some great people to ride with.
 
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