Celebrate the Mountains to Sound Greenway on foot, by bike
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a multi-day bicycle ride and hikes on July 11 through 19.
The Greenway includes 1.5 million acres from the Seattle area to Ellensburg linked with historic transportation corridors, an impressive number of trails, as well as watersheds, including Puget Sound, Lake Washington, and the Yakima and Cedar rivers. The work of hundreds since 1990 rescued the acreage, which was threatened by the increasing sprawl of suburban subdivisions and commercial developments.
Bikers will explore the forests and trails of the Greenway, bike along the Yakima River, climb the slopes of Rattlesnake Mountain, and travel through 100-year-old former railway tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
Riders will cover 25 to 30 miles a day, or hike July 15 through 19 through the Issaquah Alps from Rattlesnake Lake to Seattle. There are one-day options. The multi-day trips include guides, meals, camping locations, T-shirt, route map and gear transportation. Single-day trips include guides and transportation.
The full trek costs $472 (adults) and $275 (youth). Shorter bike sections cost $250 per person or $350 per hiker. One-day events are $25 a person.
U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell just reintroduced legislation to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. For more information, go to www.mtsgreenway.org.