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there's no smiling in gravel riding, must be lost roadies
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Epic hike-a-bikes abound
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Summertime, and the living's easy
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The calm before the storm, hope you're warmed up
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the gravel riders at a gran fondo

Washington Gran Fondo Info

The crew from Vicious Cycle puts on an extremely popular gravel gran fondo series beginning with stops in Ephrata in late March. Stay tuned here for a signup announcement.

eric norris racing cyclocross

Local (Seattle) Cyclocross info

CX Racing: Cross Revolution
CX Racing: MFG Cyclocross
CX Practice: Wednesday Night Worlds

Where am I?

Welcome to Washington’s Cascades & Foothills

That’s where this story takes place only because it’s where we live and ride. We’re interested in expansion, if you are as well, ping us.

Our gravel riding stacks up against any in the world, we have old rail lines that run through the deepest forests and through the most barren deserts and everything in between. We have gravel climbs into the mountains that will make you run home cryin’ to your mama.

If you live here, then you probably already know what’s up but if you are from elsewhere and gravel-curious, take a little trip with us.

Sounds good, how do I get started out there?

There are 2 main rail trails in the area, one is the SnoValley Trail (SVT) which runs about 30 miles from Duvall and Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend. At Rattlesnake Lake, the Palouse to Cascades Trail (formerly the Iron Horse Trail/ John Wayne Trail) runs east across the state.

For a nice easy-access ride, bring your gravel bike, trail bike, hybrid bike or mtb and park in the big gravel lot at King and Railroad in downtown Snoqualmie.

Go across the street to Bindlestick Cafe and get a triple machiato, suck that baby down then jump on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT) at Mt. Si Golf Course and probably get to see a bunch of elk across from the couse.

Another option is to cross the bridge above Snoqualmie Falls, head behind the millpond to get to the Mainline to enter the tree farm.

If your plans are to hit the tree farm, you’ll need a permit ($10/day or $60/annual). Motorized permits sell out fast, passes on sale in March.
Get Avenza Maps, download this Campbell Global map pdf and add it to the Avenza app and you’ll be set using the gps on your smart phone (Location).

What's to do besides riding gravel?

Bike Shops

Gerk’s, Trek Bike Issaquah, Downhill Zone, Singletrack, Ride Roslyn Bikes, Preston Bike Repair, Recycle Bike Shop, REI, NW

Beer

Snoqualmie Brewery, Dru Bru, Volition, No Boat

Herb

Issaquah, Roslyn, Cle Elum

Coffee

Bindlestick, Pioneer Coffee, Trail Youth Cafe

Local cycling friends / businesses

Campbell Global passes, Vicious Cycle,
Evergreen MTB, Compass Outdoor Adventures

Hotels

Hampton Inn, Salish Lodge

Farmers Markets

Coming soon

Supermarkets

Issaquah: 2 Safeway, QFC, Trader Joe’s, Costco
Snoqualmie: Safeway
Fall City: Farmhouse Market
North Bend: Safeway, QFC

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Snoqualmie Region trail info :: See more on our rides page >

 

Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT)

This rail-trail runs 31 miles from Duvall to Rattlesnake Lake passing through Carnation, Fall City, Snoqualmie, North Bend and Mt. Si.

Palouse to Cascades Trail

From Rattlesnake Lake, head east on this rail-trail for 212 miles through a 2+ mile tunnel at Snoqualmie Pass across a vast landscape toward killer bbq in Cle Elum and a hell of a lot of gravel riding in Eastern Washington.

Campbell Global Tree Farm

This is 104,000 acres of glorious gravel exploring currently owned by Campbell Global and available for us to ride in for $60/yr or $10/day – a whole lot cheaper than skiing and whole lot scarier, especially when you’re solo.

Come ride with us

What:

Gravel, gravel riding, offroad riding, adventure seeking. mostly dropbar but not always

When:

Year-round, our gravel ranges from sea-level to more than 5,000 feet so there is almost always some snow-free gravel to ride. Or just take your fat bike.

Where

The lower rail-trails if there's snow, in the summer it's wide open - it's often about peak bagging and tower bagging.

it's just better here

How

Check out some of the stuff on this site, you should be able to glean enough expertly and creatively written directions here.

Who

You, if you want a better life

Why

Because people