John Wayne Trail ride is really on Sunday June 5th 2011
My current plan is to Park at Rattlesnake Lake. Some folks may want to ride up and down. I personally want to just ride down. I thought we could work out the details at Rattle Snake lake. Its hard to make firm plans until we see who actually arrives. I can ride up with difficulty, but it would be more fun to have a ride down the hill. That involve parking a car or cars at a higher elevation and riding down.
Can you suggest a place to park cars on the uphill side? I only know the parking area near Garcia.
If you are wanting to ride downhill to the lake I suggest accessing the John Wayne Trail at the Olallie State Park upper trailhead to Twin Falls. The trailhead is accessible by driving toward the pass, taking the Olallie exit, turn right toward Olallie then another right at the sign for the Twin Falls trailhead. There is a parking lot and short walk to the John Wayne Trail. From there it’s a good ride to the lake. I’ve tried accessing this trail from further up towards the pass but you have to hike a considerable distance carrying your uni to find the trail.
If you are wanting to ride down from the lake to North Bend or Snoqualmie then start at Rattlesnake Lake and ride down the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail. Both are beautiful trails, the latter has more downhill slope. Either way you will need to coordinate a trip back to your car.
You could also ride from the upper Twin Falls trailhead to Rattlesnake Lake on the John Wayne Trail, then continue on the North Bend via the Snoqualmie Valley trail…
Thanks for the information on the Twin Falls Trail Head. That must be the one that is close to Garcia.
My plan is to have the group park multiple cars at RattleSnake Lake. At that point we can decide for certain how to proceed. Some folks are talking about riding up toward the pass then back down to Rattlesnake Lake. If everyone does this it won’t be necessary to shuttle up hill.
Others may be interested in driving up toward the pass with a car full of unis, park one or two cars at the Twin Falls Trailhead, then ride downhill to Rattlesnake Lake where we can have a picnic/bbq while someone goes up to recover the cars. I don’t think the tunnels or the detour around them are going to be part of this ride. I may check out the detour on my own in the evening.
I had not considered riding on the Snoqualmie Regional Trail. I have only seen the trail on the map, I don’t know the condition of that trail. I assume it is excellent.
Lots of options are available. If someone shows up with a non riding spouse who loves to set up a picnic that would be excellent. My wife often meets that description, but she is not available this weekend.
Some folks have the whole day available while others have just a few hours available.
It would be great if you came, particularly with your local knowledge.