28 miles of overgrown logging road, some single track, a few creek crossings along the way. Makes for a great training ride and as long as you pace yourself this is not that bad of a ride.
Conditions of the trail vary widely. Some of it is smooth logging road in good shape, some has narrowed almost to single track, some is full of cobbly rocks. It's never super-technical, though beginning mountain bikers may find the early climb to be a tough grunt, and may get bounced around by some of the rockier parts. Some of the surrounding woods are nice.
From the parking area head up the paved road. This soons turns to dirt and begins climbing steeply. At any junction keep going straight (or keep right). Ignore the signs that say "no recreational access". Continue up this road and eventually come to a 4 way intersection (the tough climbing is now over) about 2 miles from the end of the pavement. Staying right, you'll soon get to the blue DNR gate.
Keep going straight on this road as it wraps around into the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie drainage. There are two side roads where it may not be obvious which way to go; one goes downhill to the right (stay left), the next goes left and slightly uphill (stay straight/right).
There are 3 main creek crossing(you can't ride any of these). (This may be 5 now, as of 2009.) After the third crossing you will come to a recently graveled logging road about 6 or 7 miles into the ride. Going right on this road drops down to the Middle Fork Road. Go straight(left) .3 miles and look for the trail to branch off the road on the right (this is easy to miss). This is the start of the "trail" portion. Follow this about 3 miles to the Middle Fork Road about 9.5 miles from the start.
Some people turn around here. Some people turn right and go down the Middle Fork Road for 2-2.5 miles and turn right on that newly graveled logging road mentioned above and after a steep climb (about 1.5 miles) will reach the CCC road at that last creek crossing.
But what you COULD do is now take the new CCC extension trail. Turn left on the Middle Fork Road for about 150 yards and look for the trail on the left. It is about 3.5 miles long and ends at the new Middle Fork Campground. WARNING: There are lots of footbridges on this trail - treat all of them as if they were covered in ice. They stay slick year round.
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