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    Need some flow...trail recommendations?

    My stomping ground seems to be Soaring Eagle near Issaquah since it's close to where I live. I rediscovered the area (and new park, facilities) about a year ago. Whichever groups are keeping that place up are doing a fantastic job, at least in my limited experience.

    I love it. Issue is, it mostly seems technical (highly)? --the roots, divots, washes, getting hub-deep in the swampy parts... It's beating the holy bejeesus out of my bike...and while I've still got a stupid grin on my face...I'm curious...

    ...is there somewhere on the Eastside that's got a bit more flow to it? More of a singletrack heaven and true cross-country feel to it where I can get some speed up without killing myself?

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    Hey Garrett,

    Spend some time looking over this: Evergreen Trail Guide

    Presumably you've already hit Duthie Hill, which is about a mile south of Soaring Eagle (combine the two by exiting the south entrance of Soaring Eagle onto Trossachs Boulevard, then right onto Duthie Hill Road, left into Duthie Hill); and Grand Ridge, which is another mile south from there (combine the three by exiting the south entrance of Duthie Hill via the maintenance road, turn left onto Issaquah Fall City Road, immediately right onto the north end of Grand Ridge).

    Another option is Tokul West - go with a map or a local (don't forget your 75 Tokulbuks). Two more options to the north are St. Ed's and Paradise Valley. Another option a little further out is Tiger. I'm step out of the way for Borneo to advise you on Cherry Hill and Moss Lake. You can also try Tolt - if you're an accomplished XC rider (or want to be one), you can ride that fast - and it tends to be better than Soaring Eagle as far as the wet goes. There are differences of opinion on whether or not it has, uh, the F-word. Check out the wiki, there are some other options, too.

    Good luck!
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    state patrol at tri-cities...has a nothing technical..just bermy swoopy single track. and lots of jump/drops free ride stuff as well.

    btw techy is single track heaven.

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    Wow...thanks r1de...I guess it's been a while since I looked into this stuff. Evergreen has gotten HUGE....what a great resource. Looking around, I thought I would have already bumped into this, but sometimes the best things are right beneath us!

    I have not yet been to Duthie...I've been by it a couple of times, but it usually appears to be buzzing with people. I think at one point I was told it was mostly a downhill/stunt park, and I'm more of a ground-dweller. But a visit is in order, nonetheless...

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    That's easy. Anything I've built.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    That's easy. Anything I've built.....

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    Might enjoy Tokul West as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    That's easy. Anything I've built.....
    Did you recently learn how to incorporate berms into every turn?

    Tokul W after some dry weather, and after bikes pack down the horse damage is what I'd suggest the OP try. The Victoria tract of pilchuck would also be good, but same thing about mud and horses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    That's easy. Anything I've built.....
    Floneo???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    That's easy. Anything I've built.....
    ... which is why I've been known to wail "WHEREZ MAH FLOE?!? WHEREZ MAH FLOE, BOB?!? WHEREZ TEH BERMS?!?" as I'm munching behind him through a stick-strewn meadow on the faintest possible/disappearing game track...
    "...Some local fiend had built it with his own three hands..."

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    Borneo...I take it you are a legend around these parts?

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    All my attempts at humor just come across dickish, so I shall say nothing... except Dead Hooker.
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    .................

    Quote Originally Posted by garrett_xc View Post
    Borneo...I take it you are a legend around these parts?
    You could say that. But don't say it too loud.

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    St. Ed's is relatively close to Soaring Eagle too. It's the closest access from North Seattle, but it would really be more of a variety option - I don't think it's as much fun as Duthie, Tolt or Tiger, or as much of a workout as Grand Ridge or Tiger. (Or Duthie or Tolt, depending on how I'm feeling.)
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Black Diamond. East side of the highway. Enjoy.

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