Soaring Eagle Outer Loop

 7 votes

5.3 Miles 8.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

410' 125 m

Ascent

-410' -125 m

Descent

559' 171 m

High

343' 104 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

All Clear

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Part of a network of trails tucked into the forest of Section 36 (Soaring Eagle Park) in Sammamish.

Jon Stanley

Overview

Back in the '80s and early '90s, Soaring Eagle Park (a.k.a. "Beaver Lake", "The Beav", or "Section 36") was a premier destination for local mountain bikers. A virtual maze of singletrack criss-crossed through the area from Redmond-Fall City Road almost all of the way to 228th Ave. NE, with tendrils reaching north toward the Redmond Watershed and south all the way to Tiger Mountain.

The picture is much different today. The bulk of the trails have disappeared beneath bulldozers and business parks. The beautiful beaver pond seen along one of the better routes through the area is now a water hazard for a golf course. Housing developments have bitten off huge chunks from around the edges of the system. A third of the remaining area is slated to be turned into ball fields as soon as the City of Sammamish and King County can come up with the funds.

Although these trails are just a shadow of their previous glory, they are still wonderful and are still quite popular with mountain bikers. The area offers a nice mix of variety from rooty, rocky technical sections to flowy ribbon. There are no major climbs, but plenty of ups-and-downs to keep your heart rate up. Extremely helpful maps are posted at every major intersection to help you navigate your way around the maze.

The area is open to mountain biking year-round, but can become quite muddy and puddle-riddled during the wet season, especially on the more northern trails. Nettles also thrive in sunny patches during the spring and early summer.

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This loop follows the main perimeter trails around the trail network, although it avoids the northernmost Iron Gate Trail that becomes especially muddy and wet during the rainy season. The loop is merely a suggestion, and as you explore you'll undoubtedly find your own favorite route!

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Jul 22, 2017
Grant Midkiff
Very fun trail, highly recommend going. 5.3mi
Jul 7, 2017
Anders Carlson
Not too bad. If there weren't so many roots, you could haul on a lot of this. 4.3mi
Feb 13, 2017
TJ Rentschler
beware of fallen tree 5.6mi
Aug 21, 2016
Sean Sweeney
Apr 30, 2016
Raúl Gross
Sep 14, 2014
Juan Tamariz
Aug 12, 2014
Jon Stanley
Jul 24, 2014
Jon Stanley
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All Clear 15 hours ago
Dry: A little loose in some corners. Overall clear and dry. Good riding.
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