- 8.6 miles each way, plus a 2.5 mile pedal to the trail head via the John Wayne/Iron Horse trail.
- 2550 feet of vert, topping out at 3700 feet.
- 2/3 new singletrack, 1/3 road-trail conversion.
- $1.168 million project with funding secured by Washington State Parks.
- Construction team of DNR, Mountains to Sound Greenway and Evergreen.
- Construction is under way.
Big views, big vert, just outside North Bend
The trail starts near Rattlesnake Lake, just a few minutes outside of North Bend and only 40 minutes from Seattle.
The first several miles amble up Cedar Butte through pristine forest, then turn east and ascend the flanks of Mt. Washington. As you climb, the sounds of I90 will slowly fade away. The tread is buff and non-technical, but don't let that deceive you into thinking the climb will be easy - although sculped to maximize ascent efficiency, the incline is relentless. The good news is that all translates to a virtually pedal-free blurred roller-coaster ride back down! This will require some care, as the trail is two-way.
At various points along the trail, you'll find stunning vistas from the marked viewpoints, some with a hand-hewn bench for getting a breath and a bite.
The trail then changes to road-trail conversion before climbing a rock cliff, but promises to be a stunning section of trail. The road-to-trail conversion is one of the best around, with undulations, camber and grade reversals, and naturalized vegation and rocks. There is a charming waterfall cascading down alongside the trail at one point.
The trail finishes on singletrack just below the summit of Mt. Washington.
Boxley Blowout historical site. The Olallie trail starts at Cedar Butte. Just to the SW of Cedar Butte is the site of the Boxley Blowout of 1918 and some interesting geographical features.
The first 5 miles of trail are open; the rest is still under construction and closed. The trail will top out at 3700 feet, so expect snow in the winter. Otherwise, this trail drains exceptionally well, and - as mentioned - is buff and non-technical.