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    Stampede Pass to Maple Valley on NF-54?

    I'd like to make a big loop from Issaquah going up on the Iron Horse to Hyak, over to Stampede Pass, then down NF-54 to Mapple Valley and back. I am not able to find much information online about the NF-54 that meanders along the Green River. Does anyone know about possible closures due to the word watershed being so nearby on the topo maps? Thanks!

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    Three words: "Green River Watershed." It is actually part of the watershed, despite the railroad that goes through the Green River valley.

    The Tacoma City water supply comes from there and I believe you cannot go west past Lester via any mode of transport, motorized or not, bicycle and foot included. If you find out any differently, post it though. Someone posted a few (months,years) back about going down to Lester and having to turn around there. Coming back up to Stampede Pass was "hard" too.

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    We've hiked from the end of the road to Lester, but that's as far as they'll let you go. And they DO patrol... frequently.
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    Thanks a lot for your replies. It looked too good to be true. What an awesome loop that would have been right from Seattle. I've gotten excited just reading about the history and the potential for ghost towns along that stretch of the railway.

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