The Greenway is buzzing about the 20th Anniversary Trek. Hikes, concerts, bike rides, celebrations, and more…What better way to get to know your neighbors, your community, and this spectacular landscape we call the Mountains to Sound Greenway?
Around the Greenway Trust’s office, there is a wild flurry of excitement as we pull together all the final details–renting bikes for participants, ordering the delicious meals, doing sound checks with the great local bands, and more. And now the Trek is here! Opening events start this Saturday, July 2, in Ellensburg, followed by events running through Sunday, July 10th, where we complete the milestone event at the Seattle Waterfront on Pier 58’s Waterfront Park.
I asked some of our summer campers who are joining the Trek’s Youth Teams what they were most excited about. They said meeting new people and biking and hiking in new places top the list. However, most importantly, they are looking forward to the scrumptious food along the way- to include the home-made, made-on-site apple crisp the Backcountry Horsemen’s expert bakers will be making during their Fourth of July stop at Crystal Springs Campground. Mmm…apple crisp sounds mighty good to me too!
While I won’t be able to join the whole Trek (someone’s got to hold down the fort back at the office!), I’m excited to join in on the single-day trips and the evening community gatherings. I’ll be joining the Trekkers on July 5th for the grand re-opening of the Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel as the Greenway’s Trekkers get to be the first people through after nearly 2 years of closure for repairs. If you don’t know the Tunnel, it’s 2.3 miles of cool, historic darkness so if you plan to check it out, bring a headlamp or flashlight!
And next Wednesday, July 6th, my sister and mom are joining me for a scenic hike across Rattlesnake Mountain. It is 10 miles long, but the spectacular views and only moderate elevation gain make it a fun day trip for hikers. And that evening at Snoqualmie Point Park, the Greenway is throwing a Heritage Event that features food, bands and special announcements. That’s going to be a lot fun! On Sunday, July 10, I will join the Trekkers to complete the final miles of journey, celebrating together one last time on the Seattle Waterfront.
You can still join us! There are still plenty of ways to get involved in the Trek–check out our full list of events and come help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mountains to Sound Greenway!