Thanks to a team of state trail builders and partners at Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is opening its new 17-mile Raging River State Forest mountain bike trail system on Saturday, May 19.
Join Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Executive Director Yvonne Kraus and local and state leaders on Saturday, May 19 for the trail system’s grand opening celebration, including bike shuttling, bike demos, community vendors and a beer garden. Shuttles will start at 10 a.m. with a program kick-off and remarks at noon. View event information at https://bit.ly/2Jri0i0.
Combined with DNR’s nearby East Tiger Mountain Bike Trails, the addition of Raging River puts over 40 miles of mountain biking trail next door to Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and North Bend residents and just a 30-minute drive for Seattleites. Recent trail system expansions have rapidly positioned the corridor to become a big draw for out-of-state visitors looking to spend a weekend riding. Pending additional funding and coordination, DNR plans to connect the Raging River and East Tiger mountain bike trail systems, with additional opportunities to ride straight from downtown North Bend.
In 2009, DNR acquired 7,000 acres of forestland just to the south of Rattlesnake Mountain, which would became a core part of the new Raging River State Forest. King County provided critical funding through the Conservation Futures Program and holds a conservation easement on 4,000 acres. In partnership with a DNR trail crew, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance led trail building efforts with additional support from Puget SoundCorps crews and volunteers.