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Biking (Mtn & Road) - Road & Urban Assault to Backcountry Epics (asterisk = repeat visits)

I-5 North & Vancouver, BC

    Burnaby Loop, Various (Ironworkers, Trans Canada Trail, Burnaby Mtn, return via Burnaby Lake, no photos)

    Burrard Inlet Loop, Various (Ironworkers, Coal Harbor, Stanley Park Seawall, Lions Gate, Spirit Trail, no photos)

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

    False Creek Loop, Various (Clockwise over Burrard Bridge, no photos)

    Fromme & Seymour, Various (North Shore trails, technical DH, woodwork, no photos)

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

    Iona Park, Various (Out and back via McDonald Beach, no photos)

    Kitsilano Loop, Various (Kits Beach to Point Grey, return via Pacific Spirit Park, no photos)

    NS Loop (E), Var. (Grd Ave, Salop, Lynn Ck, Cons. Rsv, Fish'mns, Headwtrs, Hunter Pk, Greenwood Pk, no photos)

    NS Loop (W), Var. (Spirit Tr, Cap. Rvr, Cleveland Dam, Skyline Tr, Mosquito Ck, Mackay Ck, Victoria Pk, no photos)

    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, no photos)

    White River Trail, June 2003 (Out & back to Boulder Creek, beware horses & rangers, no photos)

    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, recent additions, 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, no photos)

    Rat Pack, June 2013 (Popular Roslyn ride, technical, poorly marked ascent, well marked descent, gravity wells!)

    Rattlesnake Ridge/Carey Creek, June 2002 (Off of hwy 18 north of Tiger Summit, waste of time, no photos)

    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, no photos)

    West Fork Teanaway, May 2000 (Snow patches, stream crossings, dusty, loose sidehill, no photos)

    Windy Pass, June 2002 (Ski Acres to Grand Junction, nordic trails, jeep roads & singletrack, views, no photos)

Greater Seattle & Eastside

    Alki Beach/Lincoln Park, Various (West Seattle link-up, paved & dirt trails, great views, no photos)

    Big Finn Hill/Saint Edwards, Various (Kirkland area staple, countless variations, quick in & out, no photos)

    Burke Gillman/Sammamish River, Various (Golden Gardens to Marymoor out & back, road ride, no photos)

    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, no photos)

    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, no photos)

    Lake Union Loop, Various (Freemont Bridge, Lake Union Park, I-5 Collonade, Univ. Bridge, Gassworks, no photos)

    Lake Washington Half-Loops, Various (Counter-clockwise, road ride, I-90 cross-over, no photos)

    Mercer Island Loop, May 2010 (Popular road ride with great views of Lake Washington, no photos)

    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, no photos)

    Paradise Valley, May 2011 (Woodinville area trails, twisty, some woodwork but otherwise limited, no photos)

    Puget Power/Tolt Pipeline, Various (Redmond area link-up, gravel paths, doubletrack, out & back, no photos)

    Ravenna Park, May 2015 (Urban park with trails in and alongside a ravine, close to home, no photos)

    Redmond Watershed, Various (Best singletrack not for biking, gravel paths, boring, no photos)

    Seatac Park, Various (Small bike park amidst urban decay, high trail density, cyclocross race area, no photos)

    Seattle Parks Loop, Various (Sunset, Golden Gardens, Discovery, Waterfront, Kerry, Greenlake, no photos)

    Tokul (West), May 2011 (Fall City area trails, requires permit, newer trails with lots of options, no photos)

    Tolt MacDonald Park, Various (Carnation area trails, endless maze of singletrack, uninteresting, no photos)

    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, no photos)

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 fireroads(15 miles), which some people choose to shuttle. Note that the trail '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 Mtn, 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, stunning scenery, awesome descent, loop not recommended)

San Juans & other 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, no photos)

    San Juan Island, July 2002 (Bike onto ferry, ~40 mile loop, lunch in Rouche Harbor, great views, no photos)

Surfing & Kayaking the Pacific Northwest

Surfing

    
Cannon Beach, June 2007

Cannon Beach, June 2007

Planning on catching the Mark Farina show in Portland on Friday, Agata and I arranged to stay with friends Ben and Fernanda (recently moved up from San Diego) for the night, then spend the rest of the weekend on the Oregon coast. The show was a blast and the warm surf at Arcadia and Short Sands made for a casual and enjoyable re-introduction to surfing (my last time in the water was last September I think).

Ben and Fe also joined us for the trip to the beach and camped with us at Nehalem Bay. This trip makes for my second time surfing off the OR coast and third if just including touristy sightseeing stuff. Definitely a beautiful area and such a convienient getaway from the Portland area especially. So jealous!

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(Road trip to Oregon Coast)

    La Push, August 2005

La Push, August 2005

Agata and I returned to LaPush for our second annual Labor Day weekend 'camp and surf-athon'. Perfect weather and warm water made for a very casual and relaxing long weekend. The water was actually warm enough to allow me to surf without a wetsuit for a change!

As a surf destination, La Push is a small, relatively sheltered cove at the end of La Push Road. (Route 110) about 15 miles from Highway 101. Sand and gravel at the mouth of the Quillayute River (La Push comes from la bouche or 'the mouth') creates several distinct, fat peaks on the outside with reform sections working into the beachbreak. Mid tides, all swells from S to NW. James Island, the rugged mass that frames the north side of the cove, jumbles up a full N swell

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(Surfing and camping with the natives on Olympic Coast)

    La Push, August 2007

La Push, August 2007

Agata and I returned to the coast for our fourth(?) annual Labor Day weekend at La Push. Joining us this year were Dominic, Andy, Jill, Amanda, Jeff and dogs Sophie and McKenzie. Phew! Like the previous year, I found the water unseasonably cold and with faces easily in the 6 - 8 foot range, the surf was probably the largest I have seen it at La Push.

Having made several day trips to Westport this summer, however I could at least hold my own out in the larger-than-expected surf. The wind picked-up in advance of a cold front due to arrive on Monday, bringing with it practically un-surfable chop and steady rain towards the end of the long weekend. In contrast to the multitudes out in the line-up the previous days, there were maybe one or two determined souls braving the ugliness out in the water later Sunday and Monday.

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(See above)

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

    Tofino, August 2000

Tofino, August 2000

A combination of photos from a 1999 and 2000 trip to Tofino, BC. The 1999 trip was my second time on Vancouver Island (my first being a weekend with Agata staying at Qualicum Beach, near Nanaimo), and marked my first return to activity after a long and boring rehabilitation following ankle surgery. I remember those first waves I caught at Long Beach as if it were yesterday!

We were accompanied by Karen and Wayne on our 2000 trip to Tofino, and endured some less than perfect weather while there. This time, Agata and I explored the surf north of Long Beach - from Cox Bay to Chesterman Beach. If only the drive wasn't so long, otherwise we'd be back a lot more often. Tofino rocks, eh!

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(Catching waves on West Coast of Vancouver Island)

    Tofino, August 2006

Tofino, August 2006

For our third (fourth?) trip to Tofino, Agata and I were accompanied by her parents, brother Dominic and her cousin Pawel and family. As we've done on previous visits, we camped at Mackenzie beach resort and enjoyed the deep red sunsets and nighttime strolls on the beach. The surfing at Cox Bay was enjoyable as always and it was fun coaching Dominic in the art of catching waves.

There's a reason they call Tofino the surf capital of Canada. This incredible coastal town nestled in the heart of the Pacific Rim is home to arguably the best waves in Canada for both pros and beginners alike. Whether your an experienced surfer looking to battle out the storm swell in the winter, or simply on a family holiday on Vancouver Island looking to try surfing for the first time - Tofino truly has something for everyone.

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(See above)

    Vancouver Island (Sombrio Point), September 2001

Vancouver Island (Sombrio Point), September 2001

Agata and I received an all-inclusive stay at a bed-and-breakfast in Souk as a wedding gift, and waited nearly ten months to finally cash it in. On a weekend when I was initially jealous of friends Chris and Dave climbing Mount Shuksan, Agata and I instead went the opposite direction - towards Victoria, BC and the Vancouver Island side of the Straight of Georgia.

Located about half an hour South of Port Renfrew on the lower West coast of Vancouver Island, Sombrio beach is relatively easy to access by car and offers excellent photo opportunities and a great place to hang out for a day. And while the mountain was still there for me to climb the following Summer, this trip to Souk and up and down Vancouver Island's Juan de Fuca coastline was a most memorable experience and we're looking forward to our next Vancouver Island getaway!

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(N. Coast of Strait of Juan de Fuca)

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

    Westport - Springtime surf, June 2009 (See above)

Kayaking

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

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

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

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

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

    Diablo Lake, August 2014 (To Ross Dam and back)

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

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

    Eagle Harbor to Bremerton, June 2014 (Walk kayak onto ferry - 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)

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

    Lake Union, Summer 2012 (Lazy summer afternoon paddle near Gasworks Park)

    Marrowstone Island/Fort Flagler, Summer 2011 (Interesting paddle on NE corner of Olympic Peninsula)

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

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

    San Juan Islands (Part1), July/August 2013 (Shaw, Jones, Orcas, Posey, Rouche Harbor - island time NW style!)

    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 (Afternoon paddle to West Point Lighthouse in our new kayak)



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