Meet at 9, ride at 9:30
Start: Rainier Way UW at Burke Gilman Trail Exit
End: Tolt-MacDonald Park
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Swift Campout Weekend is June 25-26 and Swift is hosting a camping extravaganza at Tolt-MacDonald Park. Tickets are sold out now, but for those who signed up for the "Meet-at-camp" option, I'll be leading a mostly gravel, mixed-terrain ride out to the camp linking together some of my favorite spots between Seattle and the campground.

As a feature of our ride, let's have a mid-ride picnic party 20 miles in where the PSE trail ends and the Redmond Watershed begins (see map). Bring your cornichons, charcuterie, chocolate covered strawberries, cheese plates, and beverages of choice for our mid-ride lunchtime stop before a romp through the forest and mostly downhill and flat rest of the ride to camp for party #2.

The route (see ride with gps map for exact details):

  • Meet at UW on Rainier Way, North of where the Burke Gilman intersects
  • Ride across 520
  • Take the Cross-Kirkland Corridor (hardpack fast-riding gravel) up North for a few miles
  • Descend on road for a couple miles into the valley to link up with the Sammamish River Trail in Woodinville
  • Take Sammamish River Trail south a couple miles to the start of the PSE Trail
  • Climb up and take the PSE Trail East to the Redmond Watershed. This is punchy with steep sections and is mostly dirt.
  • After the rough climbs of the PSE Trail, we'll reach a little viewpoint right on the edge of the Redmond Watershed where we'll have our snack stop. Plan to hang out here for 30-60 minutes. This is our lunch and snacking stop.
  • The most fun part of the ride is next as we ride up through the swoopy Redmond watershed and connected dirt trails to connect to the Tolt Pipeline Trail. This is dirt, but is wide-ish and easy to ride for all skill levels if you are comfortable riding on dirt/gravel.
  • After the Redmond watershed, we're in the clear and the last 10 miles of the ride are smoooooth sailing. We'll descend into the valley, take some semi-busy roads for a quick couple miles then connect with the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (gravel) that leads us straight South to Tolt MacDonald.

I expect we'll probably get to our picnic spot around 12-12:30ish and get to the campground around 2:30-3ish.

Pace will be around 12-14mph on the flats and slower on the climbs. We will regroup at major turns and at the tops of intersections. We will try to stay together, but worst case we can regroup at the lunch spot. This is mostly gravel/dirt and has some steep sections. I'll be riding my cargo bike so won't be flying through the dirt sections.

If the weather turns out to be rainy, this whole plan might change significantly. RSVP here on Everyday Rides for updates.

Public Ride
Steady (12-14 mph)
15+ miles
Hilly (Consistent or continuous climbing)
Occasional regroups
Rain or shine
Gravel
Mixed-terrain
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  • Zach Hale
    Zach Hale
    Host
    Going

    Howdy all! This is the week! Reminder that I’ll be at uw near the Burke at 9am and plan to leave at 9:30am toward the 520 trail.

    This ride will be relaxed but steady and is mostly gravel so make sure you’re prepared! If you have concerns please reach out. It’s mostly mellow but includes a section after woodinville with gravel climbs and some wide mellow swoopy trails through the Redmond watershed. I plan to ride my cargo bike so it’s not that technical but be prepared for some steep climbs and loose surfaces.

    Plan is to have a long hour-ish picnic stop after most the climbing and right before the Redmond watershed. Bring snacks and plan to hang out and socialize! This is also a great regrouping spot if you’re worried about going slower than the rest of the group. We will also regroup at a bathroom before the climbing.

    See the route for details! https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39298470

    I’m looking forward to riding with everyone! Sounds like it’ll be a good crew. Weather is looking hot and sunny, too! Yay! 🌞

  • Zach Hale
    Zach Hale
    Host
    Going

    I know of one available "meet-at-camp" ticket that could be claimed if anyone knows someone interested but lacking a camp spot.

  • Evan Petrie
    Evan Petrie
    Not Going

    I am interested!

  • Zach Hale
    Zach Hale
    Host
    Going

    Message me on instagram @zachhale and I'll connect you

  • Zach Hale
    Zach Hale
    Host
    Going

    Alex has a couple extra tickets for anyone looking. Hit her up on IG @salmoncarousel if interested.

  • Evan Petrie
    Evan Petrie
    Not Going

    Thanks. Sent her a message on IG.

  • Zach Hale
    Zach Hale
    Host
    Going

    I’m stoked! Don’t forget sunscreen and to pack lunch for our mid-ride picnic! I just grabbed goodies from the farmers market and I’m gonna struggle to not eat them before tomorrow.

    Plan is to meet at the spot at uw 9am-ish and leave 9:30am sharp. If anything goes wrong let me know 206-923-8404.

  • Evan Petrie
    Evan Petrie
    Not Going

    Sadly going to have to sit this one out. Fractured my wrist in May (crashing on my bicycle) and it’s just not quite there yet to be able to tackle a longer bike ride. Hopefully next year! Have fun out there!

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