Hikers, Bikers Set to Descend on Snoqualmie Valley for 25th Anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek

If you start noticing what seems like even more bikers and hikers around the Snoqualmie Valley in the coming weeks, well,  it could be for the 25th Anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Trek.

From July 11th – 19th, The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is hosting its 25th Anniversary Greenway Trek where participants get to hike and bike across the Mountains to Sound Greenway—Ellensburg to Seattle—to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Greenway March where the concept of the Greenway along I-90 first launched.

Organizers say there is something in the Greenway Trek for everyone, including one-week, long weekend, and single-day trips.

Exploring Iconic Tunnel

Part of that Trek is 20+ mile bike ride on July 14th exploring a spot organizers consider one of the most iconic places in the Greenway: the Snoqualmie Tunnel. Riders can discover the popular tunnel, which is a remnant of the Milwaukee railroad line that connected Puget Sound with the rest of the country in the early 1900’s.

This guided bike trip will travel through the historic railroad tunnel and then along a 20-mile stretch of the John Wayne Trail, with sweeping views of the Cascades as riders head back down to Rattlesnake Lake.

The Greenway Trust will provide trek guides, commemorative t-shirts, route map, snacks, and shuttle service from cars to the start of the trip – since participants will park at the end destination and then bike back. [Spots are still available; information and registration at www.mtsgreenway.org/trek.]

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Snoqualmie Tunnel Trail. Photo: Mountains to Sound Greenway

‘Perfect Opportunity to Experience Heritage, Scenery’

As many local organizations push on congress and work to make the Greenway a National Heritage Area, they say the trek is the perfect opportunity to experience the heritage, scenery and recreation that makes the Mountains to Sound Greenway (which stretches right through the Snoqualmie Valley) nationally acclaimed.

Pre-registration is required. For information/pricing/and registration visit www.mtsgreenway.org/trek

 25th Anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek Components

Full Trek | July 11th-19th

Full stretch of the Mountains to Sound Greenway -hiking and biking from Ellensburg to Seattle

Bike Section | July 11th-14th

The first half of the Trek – biking along the John Wayne Trail from Ellensburg to Rattlesnake Lake

Hike Section | July 15th-19th

Second half of the Trek – hike through the forests of the Issaquah Alps from Rattlesnake Lake to Seattle

Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride | July 14th

Single Day Trip – trek for one of the most iconic sections through the 2-mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel, traveling from Snoqualmie Pass to Rattlesnake Lake

Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain Hike | July 18th

Single Day Trip: Explore new trails on the forested slopes of Cougar Mountain, hiking from Issaquah to Bellevue

Trek into Seattle Hike | July 19th

Single Day Trip:  hike from the shores of Lake Washington into Seattle for the end of Trek

 

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About Mountains to Sound Greenway

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is the 1.5 million-acre landscape connecting Puget Sound and central Washington. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the Greenway, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, preserve working farms and forests, teach people of all ages about the outdoors and wildlife, and mobilize thousands of volunteers to care for the landscape.

 

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