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Old 06-26-11, 01:01 AM
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Trails in the Mukilteo/Everett, WA area?

I live north of Seattle in the Mukilteo area. I've recently begun biking again, after an injury last spring. I've been driving down to the area where the Burke Gilman joins the Sammamish River Trail, and I ride about 15 miles in 1 hour. Usually park at Blyth Park in Bothell, ride 7.5 miles, then turn around. I'd like to find a similar trial closer to where I live. To that end, I've checked out where the Interurban Trailhead is on 128 & the 5 north. But there's no where to park there. Plenty of private lots at apartments, businesses, etc., but It's kind of a crummy area, and I'm afraid of getting my car broken into, or towed from a business lot, or my rack ripped off, etc. Can anyone suggest good trails/access points w/parking in the Mukilteo/Everett area? I'd prefer to avoid riding in traffic at this point.

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Old 06-26-11, 03:10 PM
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My absolute favorite trail for riding in this area is the Centennial Trail, beginning in downtown Snohomish. 17 miles of flat, relatively uncrowded trail all the way up to just south of Arlington. And when they finish the connectors, it will go all the way up to the Skagit County border.

Lots of parking in downtown Snohomish, or go a little further up to Machias.
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Old 06-26-11, 06:32 PM
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Thanks MC. That one does look interesting, I'll have to check it out. I have visited the antiques shops in Snohomish, so I know the area. It is actually about 4 miles further from where I live than is the Samammish river trail, though (16 miles vs 12 miles, one way). Do you happen to know of anything at about the latitude, but further west? My house is about 3 miles due south of Paine Field.

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I lived in Harbour Pointe for many years, so I am pretty familiar with the area. I don't like the Interurban because there are so few long stretches away from traffic and street crossings. I do the Sammamish and I get on it at Bothell Landing, but it can get pretty crowded and the surface of the trail is getting kind of shot in some areas. A big chunk of the Burke Gilman in Kenmore is closed for repair and you are detoured onto surface streets.

Unless you want to start doing loops in Harbour Pointe, or ride down the Speedway to Mukilteo Boulevard and then ride up into Everett, both of which are on surface streets with traffic, there are not a lot of trail alternatives. My wife doesn't ride on the street with me anymore due to traffic, so we spend a lot of time on the Centennial Trail.
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I know what you mean about the traffic on Sammamish & BG. I don't go to either on weekends for that reason. I very nearly slammed into a teenager on BG who turned right in front of me, and would you believe I was on Sammamish Friday afternoon, and an old woman in a CAR entered the trail from the parking lot of a business in that industrial area south of the 522 just west of Woodinville? Her car took up the entire width of the trail, and she damn near ran into me! That same day, no fewer than 10 young women, each with a baby carriage, where in a group chatting away & blocking all but maybe 10" of the trail. With bikes trying to squeeze by at 15+ MPH! The degree to which most humans go around with their oblivious heads up their rear ends is truly amazing! And yes, the condition is bad in places, especially BG west of Logboom park (the area they're redoing). I mentioned I was injured last spring. I hadn't ridden since I'd moved here from Ohio, where I biked about 100 miles/week, and the raised areas on BG hammered my rear end so badly that, even after a YEAR, it's still sore on the one side under the "sit bone". Still, some of the areas of the Sam Trail in particular really are very pretty!

Agreed about the Interurban being so broken into sections. Not fun!

You convinced me, I'll see if I can't make it over to Snohomish this week, THANKS!

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Gunga,

An easy way to get on the Interurban from Paine Field is use the bike lane on Airport Rd. Ride North to W Casino Rd, turn right (East). Go past Freddy's and Evergreen Way. About 1/4 mile past Dunn Lumber at the stop light, the trail crosses under Highway 526. From there you can ride to the North end near downtown Everett or go South to the Evt Mall and then down to 128th. Best time to ride is Sat/Sun/Holiday mornings. Also, the Centennial Trail is worth the drive and is being expanded in length. Have fun!
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In case you have not yet seen it:

https://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Depar...nial_Trail.htm

https://www.commtrans.org/FAQs/Images...ennial2010.pdf

https://www.co.snohomish.wa.us/docume...ctsept2010.pdf

We usually drive to the Pilchuck trail head and park there.
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The Centennial Trail really is a gem.

Other options for low-traffic, or lower-traffic, roads between you and Snohomish would be:
- the River Road, south side of the Snohomish River. Park at the Everett park on the river just east of Lowell. 6 miles or so to Snohomish. first, and last, mile have rather narrow shoulders, but the middle part (rebuilt after floods a decade or so ago) has wide shoulders. You might want to drive that route, on your way to the Centennial, to take a look at it. This would be in the lower-traffic category.

- Riverview/Riverside/Homeacres roads. Park on the west end of 1st (west of Avenue D) and head west. There's a bit of traffic for the first 1/2 mile, a dip and a little climb to get to the GAR Cemetary, but after that it's pretty much flat. Now is signed as "bike route". Look at a map and you can see some other roads out there which also connect; the area is called Fobes Hill, and there are some roads which work better in on direction than the other if you want to avoid steep parts. When you get to Highway 2, turn around and ride back; go east on 1st to the Snohomish Bakery (between 1st and Union, north side of the street)
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Thanks for all the great suggestions, I really appreciate it! :-)
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You can park at the park and ride near silver lake (i think it is off of 116th- in the middle of I-5) and jump on the Interurban trail. Access point is just west of the park and ride.
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I was at Centennial for the 1st time Saturday. Rode an hour & really enjoyed it. I went 8.5 miles from the trail head in the middle of the city, then turned around. I liked the fact that it was predominantly uphill on the way out, then the opposite on the way back. LOVE downhill, especially at the end! ;-) No too crowded & great weather! Thanks for the suggestion!
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The CT really is a nice option at the north end. But, I'll echo Moleman76 about either River Road or Riverview/Riverside road (aka Ebey Island). Living in Mukilteo, both of those are regular rides for me. Good shoulders for the most part, and pretty low traffic on Ebey Island. I usually ride from my doorstep (25 miles out and back to Snohomish on River Road), but I see alot of cyclists starting at Rotary Park in lower Lowell. It's at the start of River road just East of the RR tracks at the bottom of the hill. Enjoy....
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Originally Posted by Daveyboy
I'll echo Moleman76 about either River Road or Riverview/Riverside road (aka Ebey Island).
Thanks for that, I'll check 'em out. My address is "Edmonds", but I actually live just a bit south of Mukilteo (off 148th near the sound).

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+1 on the Centennial. I think it's the best trail in WA.
If you can get out in the weekday mornings, it's not unusual to only see 20 other users in 30 miles.
Wide trail, lots of good visibility, maybe only one rough section, great easy detours up into the foothills if you want.
I pretty much ride it every day.
The north end of the trail is probably twice as good as the south. You probably turned around just before it got really good
In fact I had stopped riding completely for several years and when I actually went out and investigated the newly opened north end, I picked up riding again and am kinda fanatical about it, now.

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Are they really working on the Anmar Gap - as their current trail map notes?

Finish that and it will be a grand ride.

I did not see any construction north of Bryant until the new trailhead at the north end. They appear to be reworking an old barn, doing a parking lot, etc. The bridge over the Pilchuck will probably be an issue.
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