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  • Pebble-to-North Creek Traverse incl. Pebble, Thiassi, Wesley & Sugus - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Truax - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Blackcomb Buttress - rock climb (July 2023)
  • Whitecap Peak - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Hanover - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • The "Long Traverse" incl. Long, Tynemouth, Arrowhead, Tabletop & Anemone - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Armchair Traverse - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Snowspider Mountain - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Trorey - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Macleod Peak - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Ben Lomond - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Killam & Gambier Island - hike (September 2023)
  • Lone Goat & Snow Camp Mountain - hike (September 2023)
  • Isollilock Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Manson - Hatfield Traverse - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Gargoyles & Columnar Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Opal Cone and Lava Glacier - hike (October 2023)
  • Park Butte (WA) - hike (October 2023)
  • Trappers Peak (WA) - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Rattlesnake Ledge (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Sauk Mountain (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Daniel & Pender Hill (Sunshine Coast) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Dickerman (WA) - hike (November 2022)
  • Winter's End (Verona Peak) - hike/snowshoe (November 2023)
  • Dolomites (Italy) - snowboarding (December 2023)
  • Red Rock Canyon (NV) - hike (January 2024)
  • Flute & Oboe - split tour (February 2024)
  • Whistler misc. (Train Wreck, Loggers Lake, Shadow Lake etc.) - hike (February 2024)
  • Mount Underhill - hike (March 2024)
  • Bombtram Mountain - hike/snowshoe (March 2024)
  • Steep Peak - split tour (March 2024)
  • Ruby Mountain (WA) - hike/snowshoe (April 2024)
  • Blustry Mountain - hike (April 2024)
  • Sowerby Peak (Barr East) - hike (April 2024)
  • Picacho Peak (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Kitt Peak Observatory (AZ) - (April 2024)
  • Mount Wrightson (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Saguaro Nat'l Park (AZ) - April 2024)
  • Superstition Peak/Benchmark (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Mount Humphreys (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Petrified Forest Nat'l Park (AZ) - (May 2024)
  • Piestewa Peak (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Channeled Scablands (Columbia Gorge, Ancient Lakes, Potholes Lake, Palouse Falls etc.) - hike/bike (May 2024)
  • Rhododendron Mountain ("Pk. 2220") - hike (June 2024)
  • Flora Peak - hike (June 2024)

*As of 06/14/2024


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Biking (Urban to Backcountry Epics)

I-5 North & Vancouver, BC

    Burnaby Loop, Various (Ironworkers, Trans Canada Trail, Burnaby Mtn, return via Burnaby Lake)

    Burrard Inlet Loop, Various (Ironworkers, Coal Harbor, Stanley Park Seawall, Lions Gate, Spirit Trail)

Chuckanut Mountain, February 2012* (XC ride with views overlooking Bellingham Bay)

    False Creek Loop, Various (Clockwise over Burrard Bridge)

    Fromme & Seymour, Various (North Shore trails, technical DH, woodwork)

    Galbraith, June 2009* (Bellingham's North Shore equivalent)

    Iona Park, Various (Out and back via McDonald Beach)

    Kitsilano Loop, Various (Kits Beach to Point Grey, return via Pacific Spirit Park)

    NS Loop (E), Various (Grd Ave, Salop, Lynn Ck, Cons. Rsv, Fish'mns, Headwtrs, Hunter Pk, Grn'wood Pk)

    NS Loop (W), Various (Spirit Tr, Cap. Rvr, Cleveland Dam, Skyline Tr, Mosquito Ck, Mackay Ck, Victoria Pk)

    Seymour Valley, Various (Valley Trailway, Demonstration Forest etc.)

    Squamish - Half Nelson etc., July & October 2015 (Rediscovering Squamish!)

Hwy 20 Corridor

    Angels Staircase, October 2012 (THE Methow backcountry epic)

    Buck Mtn, May 2010* (Methow classic)

    Cutthroat Pass, October 2015 (End-of-season ride near WA Pass)

    Sun Mtn, May 2010 (Many variations possible, good pair-up with Buck)

    West Fork Methow, August 2012 (Out & back, approach to climb Azurite Peak)

Hwy 2 Corridor

    Devil's Gulch, September 2009* (Overrated? Mission Ridge is supposedly better)

    Freund Canyon, May 2011 (Site of yearly Bike And Brew event, great ride, impacted by recent logging)

    Horse Lake Mountain-Sage Hills Loop, June 2014 (Wenatchee area classic)

    Klone Peak Loop, June 2014 (Entiat area loop ride)

    Leavenworth (Ski Hill Trail), June 2014 (Alternative to Freund Canyon)

    Mission Ridge, October 2014 (Wenatchee area classic)

    Wallace Falls, June 2001 (Goldbar area trails, singletrack, waterfall, out & back)

    White River Trail, June 2003 (Out & back to Boulder Creek, beware horses & rangers)

    Xanadu, October 2011 (Short but fun, fast, technical, drops & jumps)

I-90 Corridor

    East Tiger/NW Timber Trail, May 2013* (Long time Seattle-area staple, okay flow, rough in spots)

    Grand Ridge, May 2013* (Recently updated/improved Seattle-area staple, out & back, great flow)

    Miller Peak, October 2010 (Steep hike-a-bike clockwise, short detour to summit, great views & descent)

    Poo Poo Point, May 2002 (Tiger Mountain ride, 100% gravel road, watch paragliders take off)

    Rat Pack, June 2013 (Popular Roslyn ride, technical descent, gravity wells!)

    Rattlesnake Ridge/Carey Creek, June 2002 (Off of hwy 18 north of Tiger Summit, waste of time)

    Stafford Creek, May 2015 (Classic OAB ride in the Teanaway with detour to summit of Navaho Peak)

    Taneum Creek Loop, May 2002 (E-Burg area trails, forest, meadows, pleasant riding)

    West Fork Teanaway, May 2000 (Snow patches, stream crossings, dusty, loose sidehill)

    Windy Pass, June 2002 (Ski Acres to Grand Junction, nordic trails, jeep roads & singletrack)

Greater Seattle & Eastside

    Alki Beach/Lincoln Park, Various (West Seattle link-up, paved & dirt trails, great views)

    Big Finn Hill/Saint Edwards, Various (Kirkland area staple, countless variations, quick in & out)

    Burke Gillman/Sammamish River, Various (Golden Gardens to Marymoor out & back, road ride)

    Discovery Park, Various (Magnolia area, best trails not open to biking, great views, no photos)

    Duthie Hill, Various (Sammamish area MTB park, Evergreen's crowning achievement, step it up here)

    I-5 Collonade, May 2010* (Bike park for all abilities under I-5 at Eastlake, thanks to Evergreen MTB Alliance!)

    Interurban Loop, Various (Greenwood north to Lake Ballinger, return via Burke Gilman)

    Lake Union Loop, Various (Freemont Bridge, Lk Union Park, I-5 Collonade, Univ. Br, Gassworks)

    Lake Washington Half-Loops, Various (Counter-clockwise, road ride, I-90 cross-over)

    Mercer Island Loop, May 2010 (Popular road ride with great views of Lake Washington)

    North Seattle Loop, June 2015 (Burke Gilman to Magnuson Park, return via Greenlake no photos)

    Novelty Hill, Various (Redmond area trails, muddy, easy to get lost)

    Paradise Valley, May 2011 (Woodinville area trails, twisty, some woodwork but otherwise limited)

    Puget Power/Tolt Pipeline, Various (Redmond area link-up, gravel paths, doubletrack, out & back)

    Ravenna Park, May 2015 (Urban park with trails in and alongside a ravine, close to home)

    Redmond Watershed, Various (Best singletrack not for biking, gravel paths, boring)

    Seatac Park, Various (Small bike park amidst urban decay, high trail density, cyclocross race area)

    Seattle Parks Loop, Various (Sunset, Golden Gardens, Discovery, Waterfront, Kerry, Greenlake)

    Tokul (West), May 2011 (Fall City area trails, requires permit, newer trails with lots of options)

    Tolt MacDonald Park, Various (Carnation area trails, endless maze of singletrack, uninteresting)

    Towers of Power, December 2001*

Towers of Power, December 2001

These photos are really just a place holder for what has amounted to many, many rides in Renton's Tapeworm and Doctor DNA trails (also known as Towers of Power). A one time favorite after-work venue of mine, Tapeworm is (was?) truly a hoot to ride. I'm all but certain that the bridges, ladders etc. at nearby Dr. DNA have been torn down, but in its hey day this was Seattle's best answer to the fabled 'North Shore' of North Vancouver. Pick up a copy of John Zilly's Kissing the Trail and check it out for yourself!

Combine this with St. Ed's St. Park and Big Fin Hill for the east-side trifecta! Other "urban" rides I used to enjoy are/were the Puget Power Trail, Novelty Hill, Redmond Watershed, Tolt-Macdonald Park, Grand Ridge, Tiger Mountain, Seatac Park and Victor Falls...just to name a few.

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(Renton area, twisty singletrack, newer woodwork, short downhill zone)

    Victor Falls, June 2001*

Victor Falls, June 2001

I'm not sure if this area exists anymore or if it has finally succumbed to urban development, but I recall this being an incomprehensibly large network of trails suitable for all types of riders. I've gotten lost while riding at Victor Falls more times than I can count, and just when I thought I'd never escape the endless maze of trails, I stumbled upon these bridges, ladders and various obstacles of all shapes and sizes.

Mountain biking has evolved since I visited this area and so have our places to go ride. With so many better options these days, I'd not necessarily recoment the long drive out to Victor Falls anymore. That is unless there's been some new trail development in recent years. More likley though, the only 'development' here is of the home building variety. You've been warned.

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(Bonney Lake area network of singletrack and woodwork, map highly recommended)

    Woodland Park, Various (Greenlake area trails, limited but fun)

Hwy 410 Corridor

    Crystal Mountain, September 2012 (Excellent loop ride partly through Crystal Mtn ski area)

    Dalles Ridge/Palisades, July 2000*

Dalles Ridge/Palisades, July 2000

A steep, lung-busting climb followed by some of the best alpine ridge-top riding anywhere. The Palisades Trail down from the ridge makes for an exhilarating, white knuckled descent into the valley. One of my favorite rides of all time!

This trail has it all - technical singletrack, beautiful forests, fun descents, technical sections (with some tight switchbacks and rocky walk-a-bike's), and views of Mt. Rainier from the Palisade Cliffs that will blow your mind.

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(Classic Dalles Ridge ride with Palisades descent)

    Little Bald Mountain, June 2001

Little Bald Mountain, June 2001

Nick, Don and I teamed-up for this classic ride east of Chinook Pass. With about ten miles of biking up logging roads, followed by ten+ miles of some of the best 'pine needle' single track in the state, Little Bald ranks as yet another favorite ride. As of this writing, only Devil's Gulch, Norse Peak/Palisades, Elk Heights and Teanaway stand out in my mind as being comparable rides.

The ride gains approximately 3000 feet on forest roads (15 miles), which some people choose to shuttle. Note that the downhill isn't just a roll...there's some sharp short uphills that have to be pedaled or pushed along the way, and exposure that requires some concentration, so save some energy and time for it! At the top, a mile+/600' detour leads to the top of Little Bald proper. The views from the top are spectacular so it's worth expending the energy at least once to check it out.

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(Lesser known but very worthwhile, some hike-a-bike, long descent)

    Little Bald Mountain, June 2012 (See above)

    Noble Knob, October 2015 (Classic Noble Knob to Dalles Ridge with Ranger Creek descent)

    Ranger Creek-Palisades-Skookum Flats Linkup, June 2012 (Link-up of the hwy 410 classics)

    Suntop Mountain, September 2012 (Great ride on south side of valley)

Olympic Peninsula, Olympia & South

    Capitol Forest, May 2012 (Huge area, endless possibilities, best if going with someone familiar with the trails)

    Lower Dungeness - Gold Creek Loop, May 2015 (Classic Olympics loop ride)

    Plains of Abraham, July 2012 (St. Helens blast zone, great & descent, loop not recommended)

San Juans & Islands

    Chilly Hilly, May 2010 (Classic Bainbridge Island road ride)

    Mount Constitution, May 2015 (Classic Orcas Island downhill)

    Orcas Island, July 2001 (Bike onto ferry then ride to Doe Bay & camp, out & back, road ride)

    San Juan Island, July 2002 (Bike onto ferry, ~40 mile loop, lunch in Rouche Harbor, great views)

Kayaking & Surfing (Pacific Northwest)

Lakes & Inlets of Washington State & Lower Mainland (BC)

Alouette Lake, July 2017 (Overnight trip to end of lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park)

    Banks Lake & Deep Lake, July 2012 (Fresh water kayaking near Grand Coulee Dam)

    Belcarra & Indian Arm, July 2017 (Day trip to Twin Islands and beyond, plus Buntzen Lake)

    Diablo Lake, August 2014 (Windy paddle to Ross Dam and back)

    Indian Arm, August 2017 (Overnight trip to end of inlet & up Indian River)

    Lake Union, July 2012 (Lazy summer afternoon paddle near Seattle's Gasworks Park)

Puget Sound & San Juan Islands

Dungeness Spit, September 2011 (Enjoyable paddle to New Dungeness Lighthouse)

    Eagle Harbor to Bremerton, June 2014 (By ferry from Coleman Dock, no car!)

    Elliot Bay, May 2014 (Up close and personal with the Seattle Waterfront)

    Harbor & Jetty Island, June 2013 (Port of Seattle & Everett area kayaking)

    Marrowstone Island & Fort Flagler, July 2011 (Fun paddle in NE corner of Olympic Peninsula)

    Mats Mats Bay & Port Ludlow, July 2011 (Easy paddling a short ferry ride and drive from home)

    San Juan Islands (Part1), July-August 2013 (Shaw, Jones, Orcas, Posey, Rouche Harbor)

    San Juan Islands (Part 2), July-August 2014 (James, Lopez, San Juan Traverse - 5 days, 60 nautical miles!)

    Vashon Island, April 2016 (Paddling around Quartermaster Harbor)

    West Point, April 2013 (Maiden voyage in our new kayak!)

Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast

Broken Group, September 2015 (4 days & 3 nights paddling the Broken Islands)

    Desolation Sound, August 2013 (50+ nautical miles of kayak nirvana!)

    Discovery Island, May 2013 (Day trip to islands off the southern tip of Vancouver Island)

    Okeover Arm & Malaspina Inlet, September 2009 (First time sea kayaking in Sunshine Coast)

    Tofino, August 2000 & 2006 (Catching waves and camping on West Coast of Vancouver Island)

Washington Coast

La Push, August 2005 & 2007 (Surfing and camping with the natives on Olympic Coast)

    Ocean Shores, September 2010 (Beach break on north side of Grays Harbor)

    Westport - "4 Star" surf, October 2008 (Closest surfable waves to Seattle)

    Westport - Springtime surf, June 2009 (A very rare day of glassy surf!)

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