The Thrilla in Woodinvilla is a regular weekday conditioning ride on the Evergreen Ride Calendar. The route uses the Tolt Pipeline, Redmond Watershed and Puget Power Trails plus connecting sections of trail and double track for a killer workout.
From Redhook, ride back to the pedestrian bridge over the river and head south along the paved Sammamish River Trail (an extension of the Burke Gilman Trail) towards Redmond. Cross under the bridges at 124th St and 116th St. About 3.5 miles from Redhook, look for the high overhead power lines. The Puget Power Trail (PPT) begins under the power lines, just before some apartment buildings. Turn left onto the PPT and climb up to the crossing of SR-202 (aka Redmond-Woodinville Road). Cross over SR-202 and continue climbing. After cresting the hill, the wide gravel PPT crosses several roads. Stay under the power lines and look for the trail continuing on the other side.
After a couple more descents and climbs, the trail descends down to Avondale Road. Use the pedestrian signal and cross to the other side. Parallel a wood fence and then cross over a creek on a bridge. Careful, the dirt road is a driveway so keep an eye out for vehicles. Immediately after crossing the creek, see a sign for the PPT and turn left. Wind through the woods on the wide dirt trail, stay straight at a 4-way trail intersection and take lefts at the next two intersections. The PPT climbs a short hill under the overhead power lines before it comes out on a paved road. Take a left at the road (196th Ave) until it tees into 116th St. Turn right and climb up to a stop sign at Redmond Road. Continue straight at the stop sign and take the next right onto 206th Ave. The road descends and then turns left under the power lines. Take the bark trail straight ahead up "Horse Pasture Hill" and climb towards a fence.
On the right side of the fence, find a trail that parallels the fence. Climb up and at the sign for the Redmond Watershed vear right onto an established trail. The trail comes back under the power lines where you take a right. Follow under the power lines and after crossing a 4-way intersection look for a short section of trail on the right. The trail crosses under the power lines again and then descends to a bridged creek crossing before climbing again. At the top, take the left trail (the other two lead back towards Novelty Hill Road).
Stay on the main trail through the Watershed. Each intersection is signed. After several climbs and descents, you'll come back out on a level section of trail before diving back into the woods. Enjoy the descent (keeping an eye out for oncoming trail users). Pass by the first trail intersection (hiker only) and take the second intersection to the right on the Collins Creek Trail.
The trail winds back and forth before coming to a soft T intersection where you stay left (right is hiker only). Stay straight across two street crossings (the second is traffic signal controlled). Wind back and forth until you come out in a development. Stay to the left of the stormwater pond and come out on a paved road. Veer right across the road and go through the wood bollards onto a gravel trail. Left at the first intersection and then left again along another stormwater pond.
The trail will cross a couple wood bridges and then climb sharply to the right. At the top, stay left and follow the trail behind the houses. After climbing a bit, you'll come out onto the Tolt Pipeline where you'll take a left.
The Tolt Pipeline will stay essentially straight for the next 5 miles. A few descents and then one longish climb. Two more steep descents and after crossing another pedestrian bridge, climb to the top onto a dirt road. Stay straight and descend steeply down through the gate. Pay attention and watch your speed down the hill. If you are experienced (or want to be) with the final steep hill: [the fastest way without having to cross over the rivulets is on the left side right after the gate. Try it out first in daylight when it's not too sloppy, and watch out for the 2 or so sections where the stream bed slightly cuts into the path from your right. About 2/3 of the way down between the first gate and the residential road (not 202), you can ease back into the middle. Slow down on the small paved section before the residential road and take the left path. About half-way between the residential road and the gate, there will be a diagonal path to the right (where the gate opening is) that is less muddy and easier to slow down on than if you took the right side after the residential road. Don't count on braking hard once you're on the right side; if it's at all muddy then you should slow down before you get to the right side (and the gate). Once you're through the gate, the fun part is over; look forward to that descent next time. Once you get used to it, you won't even have to slow down until the diagonal before coming to the gate, just be sure to slightly increase your speed each time.] After crossing Hwy 202 (be very careful) go through the gate again and stay straight towards the Sammamish River. Once you intersect the paved Sammamish River Trail, turn left and complete the loop to Redhook.
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