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Frequently Asked Questions about Explore the Greenway Trips

EXPLORE THE GREENWAY TRIPS


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What are the Explore the Greenway Trips?

These specially designed trips were created to highlight the rich history, ecology, and recreational opportunities in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. For all trips, we'll be blending outdoor trips and on-the-ground education with an incredible opportunity to meet and hike/bike alongside other Greenway residents and passionate supporters of this region. The Greenway Trust will be handling all the logistics for these trips, including shuttle service from your car to the start of the hike or bike, educational opportunities along the way, route map, t-shirt, and BBQs at the end of the trip.

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What is the Mountains to Sound Greenway?

The Mountains to Sound Greenway stretches over 100 miles along Interstate 90 from the shores of Puget Sound in Seattle, over Snoqualmie Pass and into Central Washington. The Greenway encompasses protected and working forests, farms, historic sites, lakes, campgrounds, rivers, trails, wildlife habitat and vibrant communities. Because of this magnificent scenic beauty and easy access to nature, the stretch of I-90 within the Greenway is a designated National Scenic Byway and is currently being proposed as a National Heritage Area.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is the nonprofit organization based in Seattle that helped to protect these lands and preserve them for public benefit. The Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long term balance between people and nature.


How difficult are the trips?

Trips range from easy to moderately strenuous, mostly because of the distance of each hike or bike ride.  For all trips, participants should be able to hike or bike the total distance, while carrying a daypack full of water, snacks, and the "10 Essentials." See each trip description page (links above) for more details. We always encourage participants to travel at their own pace; with so many participants at each event, there will be plenty of "hares" and plenty of "tortoises". If you feel comfortable that you can finish this hike or bike ride at your own pace, you should be fine.

All participants should be in good physical condition and accustomed to hiking and/or biking. If you are unsure if these trips match your current skill or ability level, please feel free to send us an email with any questions you have.

For the Snoqualmie Tunnel Trip, you need to be able to bike at least 20 miles. That said, the trail has a mostly downhill, railroad grade the whole way and therefore isn't a strenuous ride (although it is long). There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery, learn about the local ecology and history, and have hydration breaks. We always encourage everyone to bike at their own pace. Estimated pace for bicycling will be 7 mph, meaning participants should anticipate biking for 3-4 hours (maybe a little more, once you add in the stops along the way).

For the Cougar Mountain Trip, you need to be able to hike at least 10 miles. The trail is 10 miles long with 2,000 feet elevation gain--most of the climbing is at the beginning, with the rest either relatively flat or gently rolls up and down. So while it is long it is only moderately strenuous. As always, everyone is encouraged to hike at their own pace and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop along the trail for educational talks, and hydration/food breaks. Estimated pace for hiking will be 2 mph, so participants should expect to be hiking for 5-6 hours (maybe a little more, once you add in the stops along the way).


Are children allowed on the trips?

Yes! As long as the children or teens are able to finish the hike or bike under their own power, they should be fine attending (although all youth under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult).

That said, these trips can be challenging (especially the moderately strenuous ones), with participants needing to be able to hike or bike longer distances while carrying a daypack with water, food, and other “10 Essentials.” We recommend that you take your children or teens out for a similar activity and assess their interest and abilities before signing up for trips. Because of the length of the trips, we do not recommend bringing children under the age of 12, unless they have proven experience successfully completing longer trips. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to send us an email.


What does the payment cover?

Each trip has a $30 fee to participate. These costs pay for the shuttle service from your car to the start of the trip (since you'll park at our end destination, and then hike/bike back towards it), your t-shirt, route map, and snacks.

Please note that these fees are NOT tax-deductible donations, as they are paying for a service. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Greenway Trust, please visit our on-line donation form or mail in a donation.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is dedicated to providing an affordable, high quality outdoor experience for as many people as possible. We are offering a limited number of financial scholarships for those who demonstrate financial need and/or extenuating circumstances, especially youth. Contact us for more information.


How do I pay?

Click here to access the payment page.

Payments need to be submitted within two weeks of registration in order to secure your spot. If it is less than 2 weeks before then trip when you register, please submit your payment as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions.


I have now registered and paid. When will I get additional details about the trips?

We will be emailing you the trip details in mid-late June or within 2 business days if you register after that. This will include a suggested packing list, link to liability waiver, driving directions, and what to expect.


What if I need to cancel?

If you are no longer able to participate, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing us.

Refund Policy: Explore the Greenway Trips

  • A full refund will be given if you withdraw at least 21 days prior to the trip date.
  • A half refund will be given if you withdraw 10 days prior to the trip date.
  • No refund will be given if you withdraw within 10 days of the trip date.


What do I bring?

A full list of items to bring will be emailed to you prior to the event. We recommend you wear weather-appropriate clothing (as well as extra layers in case the weather changes) and comfortable, sturdy hiking or biking shoes. If you have new boots, please break them in before the trip to minimize the chance of blisters or discomfort. You also need to bring a backpack with food, water, extra layers, and the "10 Essentials".

Bike trip participants will also need a bike, helmet, and headlamp (for the unlit tunnel). Your bike should be either a mountain bike or a hybrid style, because of the loose gravel on the trail makes it really hard to use a road bike (with the skinny tires).

While there will be snacks in the morning and a BBQ at the end of the hike/bike, we highly recommend you bring extra snacks and, if your trip isn't scheduled to get back to the BBQ until mid-afternoon, a big, hearty lunch.  You'll be hungry!

All participants must also bring a signed liability waiver.  We'll collect it at check-in.


What if I don't have a bike?

You can borrow from a friend or rent a bicycle from your local bicycle shop. Make sure you test it out prior to the event to ensure it fits you and will be comfortable and safe for the event.


How does the shuttle service work?

You park at the end point, we shuttle you and your gear to the start and you hike/bike back to it. Please arrive to the starting point at least 15 minutes prior to the shuttle departure time to allow enough time to find parking, sign-in, and grab a snack. For all bike trips, please arrive earlier, as you will need extra time to load your bike onto the shuttle before leaving.

What kind of food will be at the BBQ?

Each BBQ is a little different, but we'll have both a meat and vegetarian main option as well as sides and (non-alcoholic) drinks.  Please email us if you have questions.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Events will run rain or shine. Event leaders will contact you if there is a change, but we don't anticipate any. It's a great day in the Greenway either way!


Can I bring my dog or other pet?

No. Sorry, but we must keep this a people-only event. No pets will be allowed other than service animals.


What happens if I get a blister or get hurt during the event?

We will have staff and volunteers trained in CPR and First Aid, ready to deal with blisters and other injuries. They will be identified as first aid leaders at the beginning of the event and will be hiking/biking along with the group during the trip.

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