I-5 Colonnade is the first ever urban mountain bike skills park. It's part of a City of Seattle park, but was funded and constructed by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (formerly Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club). The park features a novice area - the Tqalu Trail; an intermediate and advanced area - Limestone Loop; a dirt jumping section; pump track; trials area and more.
The Tqalu Trail
The Tqalu TTFs are in the range of 1 to 2 stars for technical difficulty.
- Ladder bridge
- Rock chute
- Log rolls and skinnies
Offers a 1/2-mile tight'n'twisty Cross Country loop with several intermediate to advanced options. It's a great place to work on key skills by sessioning:
- Tight switchbacks
- Ladder bridges, log rides and skinnies
- Steep rock chutes and technical rock rolls
- Suspension bridge
- Rock step-ups
- A long ladder bridge roller coaster ride (be careful to keep your speed waaaay down... she bucks!)
The Limestone Loop TTFs are in the range of 2 to 4 stars for technical difficulty.
- More flowy advanced trails
- Jumps, berms and wall rides
- Long, narrow, elevated skinnies
- Progressive and elevated drops
- Steep rock chutes
- Pump track
- Trials area
The TTFs in the advanced area are just that - advanced. Prepare accordingly!
Because Colonnade is primarily under the elevated spans of I-5, the surface of the main riding areas are mostly dusty and dry. However, there are several areas exposed to rain and a few trails under some new freeway leaks. When water hits the local moondust, things can get pretty slimy... so be careful after a heavy rain. Check things out first!
Skills classes are occasionally held at Colonnade; check the evergreen calendar for any upcoming events.
Note that Colonnade can eat up bikes and be quite challenging - it would be nuts to ride here without a helmet, and full face helmet and/or body armor is advised for the tricky areas.
The majority of the trails are rideable and in decent condition. That being said, there are some defencies to note:
- Several obstacles by the lake view entrance are overgrown
- The first berm on Sidewinder has fallen down the hill - be careful
- Acid drop is shaky and there is a someone living on the wooden berm after it
- The run out of holy chute is blocked by a homeless man's storage under a sleeping bag
- Pips hips are out of comission - the berm after the first hip is filled with trash / a homeless person's belongings
- Zeb's Grotto seems to have been dismantled
- A.W.O.L. and Nick's kicks are very dusty, but still rideable
- There is a man living under one of Nick's kicks - I think he also owns the storage by holy chute