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John Wayne Pioneer Trail: Hyak to Rattlesnake Lake

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22.2 Miles 35.7 Kilometers


Doubletrack

1,460' 445 m

Ascent

-3,056' -931 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

3,875' 1,181 m

High

976' 298 m

Low

Shared By Rick Oakley

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A rail-to-trail conversion that features a two-mile tunnel, four tall railroad trestles, and scenic views of the valley.

Rick Oakley

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Family Friendly Start at Hyak and its all downhill! Riding through the tunnel is a unique experience that the kids will love.

  • Bring a charged bike light and some extra layers. You'll need it for the very long, dark, and cold tunnel.
  • Before you start riding, make sure to leave a retrieval car at the end of the trail. Unless you want to pedal all the way back.
  • Snoqualmie Tunnel is closed from October to April. Snow and ice are common on the trail in the winter, and the trail passes through avalanche chutes east of Bandera.

Description

Also known as the Iron Horse Trail, this gentle descending trail is an easy ride for adults and kids and is popular with families as a point-to-point ride that starts at Hyak and ends at Cedar Falls for an enjoyable 22-mile downhill ride. Can be done with bike trailers (e.g., for kids), with hybrid bikes or cyclocross. The trail features many scenic viewpoints of the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Note that the steep climb shown in the elevation profile doesn't account for the tunnel through the mountain.

Bike camping is also possible, with bike-in campsites located at Alice Creek and Carter Creek. Bring $12 cash to complete the on-site self-issue.

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Jul 27, 2018
Atanas Malamov
4.6mi
May 26, 2018
Bert Hui
Rode in the opposite direction specified. Rode from Cedar Falls, WA to just west of Cle Elum. 32mi
Jan 2, 2018
Danila Popov
great ride. frosty 13mi
Jul 8, 2017
Vikram Sahney
Rode from Hyak to Rattlesnake area as part of a large group ride organized by The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Great day out for the family! 20mi
Jun 21, 2017
Athena Brooke
May 13, 2017
Katie Fox
Oct 23, 2016
Sean Nessen
Leisurely ride from Hyak down to Rattlesnake Lake 21.4mi — 3h 40m

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