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Bay to Baker Trail (Maple Falls to Glacier)

7.5 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Cascade Trail

22.5 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Cedar River Trail (WA)

15.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Chehalis Western Trail

21.2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail

0.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Coal Mines Trail

4.7 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Colfax Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Dirt

Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

130 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Columbia River Dike Trail

3.2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Cowiche Canyon Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Ferry County Rail Trail

25 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Fish Lake Trail

9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Foothills Trail

31.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Golden Tiger Pathway

5.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Green River Trail

19.6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Interurban Trail (Bellingham)

6.7 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Interurban Trail (North)

24 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Issaquah-Preston Trail

4.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Klickitat Trail

29.6 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel
Accordion

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail

17 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

7.3 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

223.8 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

6.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Railroad Trail (WA)

3.5 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Sammamish River Trail

11 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Similkameen Trail

4.9 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

30.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

31.5 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Soos Creek Trail

6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

South Bay Trail

2.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Tolt Pipeline Trail

17.4 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Whitehorse Trail

9.4 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Gravel

Willapa Hills Trail

56 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Maple Falls to Glacier segment of the Bay to Baker Trail traces the route of the former Bellingham Bay Railroad between two small Washington towns not far from the Canadian border. The trail...
WA 7.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
The 22.5-mile Cascade Trail—boasting 12 benches, 23 trestles, and two bridges made from repurposed railcars—-follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of...
WA 22.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Cedar River Trail follows the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad corridor on a straight, flat shot out of the sprawling Seattle metro area and into the rural...
WA 15.7 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Chehalis Western Trail follows the route of a Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. railroad by the same name that carried millions of logs out of Washington forests to the coast for shipment from the 1920s to...
WA 21.2 mi Asphalt
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail—also known as the Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail—is currently open from Battle Ground Lake State Park to a point nearly 1 mile southwest. The paved trail runs...
WA 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The...
WA 4.7 mi Gravel
The Colfax Trail follows an abandoned rail corridor, which snakes along the river northwest of the town of Colfax. Along the way you'll likely see wildlife in the surrounding Palouse hills and the...
WA 3 mi Dirt
As of late 2011 the Columbia Plateau Trail State Park has developed 38 miles in two segments between Fish Lake near Cheney and Martin Road near Sprague, and between Ice Harbor Dam near the Tri-Cities...
WA 130 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Columbia River Dike Trail—also known as the Captain William Clark Park Trail and the Cottonwood Beach Trail—follows the Columbia River from Steamboat Landing Park to the border of the Steigerwald...
WA 3.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the...
WA 3 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Ferry County Rail Trail runs between the communities of Republic and Danville near the Canadian border in northeast Washington. It follows the former corridor of the Great Northern Railway. The...
WA 25 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Fish Lake Trail leaves West Spokane and runs south through open forest to reach Queen Lucas Lake, which is 1.5 miles north of the trail's ultimate planned destination, Fish Lake Regional Park....
WA 9 mi Asphalt
The Foothills Trail is a 30-mile collection of six unconnected segments of the old Burlington Northern Railway that served the farming, coal-mining, and logging economies near the base of Mount...
WA 31.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Golden Tiger Pathway offers a 5.5-mile route in the community of Republic in northeast Washington. In addition to walking and biking, it's open to motorized ATV use. The Great Northern Railroad...
WA 5.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Green River Trail currently stretches nearly 20 miles through the industrial heart of the Green River Valley from the southern suburbs of Seattle to Kent, connecting to a number of neighborhoods...
WA 19.6 mi Asphalt
Spectacular views across Bellingham Bay to the San Juan Islands and beyond reward visitors of this Interurban Trail. All they have to do is find a clearing along the wooded path that runs a fairly...
WA 6.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Closure Notice: Beginning September, 2020, the Interurban Trail will experience intermittent closures between 2020-2022 to make room for Lynwood Light Rail construction project. These closures will...
WA 24 mi Asphalt
Suburban sprawl gives way to deep forest and rural farm lots as this rail-trail follows an uphill grade from Issaquah to the outskirts of Preston. The Issaquah–Preston Trail is among a group of trails...
WA 4.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Discover a rare trail adventure in the hills of southern Washington as you traverse a remote canyon and a National Scenic Area, as well as 11 miles of nationally designated Wild and Scenic River,...
WA 29.6 mi Dirt, Gravel
Accordion
The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail is open to hikers and horseback riders. The trail can be difficult to navigate in places, since other trails link with it (some unmaintained). There are a few...
WA 17 mi Dirt, Gravel
The section of the Olympic Discovery Trail sandwiched between Sequim Bay and the Elwha River is considered the trail system's crown jewel. Bounded by a sparkling tidal estuary in the east and a...
WA 35.3 mi Asphalt
This section of the Olympic Discovery Trail offers scenic views of Olympic National Park, which was established in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt. The park offers 922,650 acres of rain forest,...
WA 29.6 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will one day stretch 126 miles from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. This section of trail is named in...
WA 7.3 mi Crushed Stone
Notice: The trestle across Lower Crab Creek was destroyed by a fire. This section is closed indefinitely but a  detour is available (see trail map). For updates, please check the Palouse to Cascades...
WA 223.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand
The paved Preston-Snoqualmie Trail meanders through the lushly wooded Snoqualmie Valley, connecting the communities of Preston and Snoqualmie which lie east of Seattle. The main trail leaves the...
WA 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Railroad Trail through east Bellingham runs for more than 3 miles between the city's Bloedel Donovan Park and Memorial Park, providing an off-road alternative to the cross-town route of Alabama...
WA 3.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Salmon Creek Greenway Trail offers a scenic natural getaway in northern Vancouver. The paved, tree-lined trail winds along the creek and through wetlands for 3 miles, offering access to Salmon Creek...
WA 3 mi Asphalt
The Sammamish River Trail rolls along smoothly through a wide, scenic greenway that's home to riverside parks and farms, as well as a growing wine industry. The trail is the center link of the Seattle...
WA 11 mi Asphalt
The Similkameen Trail follows a river by the same name that drains the high country across the border in British Columbia. The dirt and gravel rail-trail crosses a scenic high bridge to enter a...
WA 4.9 mi Dirt, Gravel
History lures visitors to the Snohomish County Centennial Trail. Trail users are reminded of old-time river and railroad settlements in the historically preserved storefronts and homes in Snohomish...
WA 30.5 mi Asphalt
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail rolls from verdant dairy land in the north to a clear blue mountain lake in the south. Along the way, travelers are treated to numerous trestle crossings, historic towns,...
WA 31.5 mi Gravel
The Soos Creek Trail travels through heavily wooded forest on a north-south route spanning the eastern edge of the Seattle suburb of Kent. Following the path of its namesake creek, the trail begins...
WA 6 mi Asphalt
The South Bay Trail is a tourist's dream and a sweet summer spot for locals. The small city of Bellingham, 20 miles from the Canadian border, lies between 10,781-foot Mount Baker and Bellingham Bay...
WA 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail presents views of rapids and waterfalls on its 37.5-mile snaky run from the Idaho border through downtown Spokane to the rocky canyons west of town. As...
WA 37.5 mi Asphalt
The Tolt Pipeline Trail serves as a major connection between Duvall, Washington, and the Sammamish River in Bothell. The trail follows a water pipeline right-of-way and is not recommended for all...
WA 17.4 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Two sections of the Whitehorse Trail, which runs along a former Burlington Northern rail line, are currently open for use. The eastern end of the trail spans nearly 7 miles between Darrington and the...
WA 9.4 mi Ballast, Gravel
An adventure awaits those who tackle all, or part, of the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills Trail in southwestern Washington. The former Northern Pacific Railway line rolls through remote farm and forestland...
WA 56 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

Scott Pierson Trail

Trashed

December, 2020 by alimillerarlie

Most of the trail was covered in garbage and debris including shopping carts EVERYWHERE! There were several homeless camps and tents throughout the trail and this tunnel on 19th street with piles of rotting garbage big enough to fill a dump truck! It was discussing! I even rode past a few used syringe needles! Very unsafe and horrible to see. Disappointed in our community.

Duwamish Trail

Underdog of trails

November, 2020 by corytoneill

This trail is trying its best. It does have its bad moments, like being poorly marked and running alongside a busy road. We all have our faults. I appreciate the quirks and under rated ship yard, and industry views. Take the good with the bad, and set your biases aside and enjoy the down to earth, no fuss no muss trail.

Soos Creek Trail

great trail

November, 2020 by isaflor

I really love the trail. Well maintained and great countryside views

Accordion

Green River Trail

nice ride but lost the trail

November, 2020 by bigdiscoball

Nice trail pretty views the only problem is the trail stops in places and can’t find where it starts back up. Also detours .

Willapa Hills Trail

Quiet and peaceful trail - Chehalis Trail Head to Rainbow Falls State Park

November, 2020 by divingmecrazy

We were blown away by how nice this trail is and all the fall colors still are popping. You might want to keep an eye out for horse poop piles hidden in the leaves, and was fun to see mixed use of this trail. I would have expected more people on this trail and will be back to section ride this trail to the coast.

Rainbow falls state park was a great spot to rehydrate and refuel before riding back. Take time to find paths to view the falls.

Overall, this trail was in great condition and a flat trail. Be mindful of the gaps between the gravel and bridges. I ended up breaking a spoke on this ride.

Cascade Trail

Nice flat well-maintained gravel Trail. Beautiful scenery in the fall. Only went from Sedro-Woolley to Lyman. Plan to do the upper half from Lyman to concrete later this fall.

November, 2020 by barrywayne7

Nice flat well-maintained gravel Trail. Beautiful scenery in the fall. Only went from Sedro-Woolley to Lyman. Plan to do the upper half from Lyman to concrete later this fall.

Willapa Hills Trail

Chehalis to Adna 11/1/2020 Bicycle

November, 2020 by zasse

Paved portion of the Willapa Hills Trail is short, 5 1/2 miles, narrow and not well maintained. There are spots where it is so overgrown that it would be tight for passing.

Issaquah-Preston Trail

gorgeous fall bike riding trail

October, 2020 by scottmsimpson

There is one short switch-back, and one short steep section but otherwise very doable for anyone.

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

never again!

October, 2020 by jivhx2zv3z

Trail was pretty on either side of the switchbacks, but I will Never do the 80 ft up gravel switchbacks again. Old lady pushing rad bike, huffy and puffing isn’t pretty. Next time we’ll go to the Alice Lake trailhead.

Railroad Trail (WA)

Great way to get across town

October, 2020 by betsyhicks1

This is one of our weekly rides and we love to combine it with the South End Trail giving you a 15 mile round trip ride. Start at Bloedel Donovan Park and take the train just over the highway 5 overpass. Make a left on Lincoln and take to Kentucky. When you get to the high school, stay to the left and catch the bike path heading towards Railroad Ave. Railroad Ave will dead end at the South End Trail taking you to the square in Fairhaven.

Ferry County Rail Trail

remote and beautiful. a hidden gem

October, 2020 by justbikeit

We were able to ride the Curlew Lake section as well as the section north of the town of Curlew toward Danville for about 7 miles along the Kettle River. The trail crews have done an excellent job with maintaining the surface in these areas. We spoke with a volunteer who said the bridges for the washouts will be installed this Fall allowing more of the trail to be accessible again. There’s a dedicated crew of people who maintain this trail yearly. Well worth a trip to this part of the state to enjoy this hidden gem. Fall colors are glorious or a Spring ride along the shores of the flowing Kettle River make this a worthy multi season destination. The volunteers of Ferry County are proud of their trail and hope more folks will enjoy what they have tirelessly worked to create. tththihibeautiful scenic trail. We’ve been on it three times over the past few years

Richland Riverfront Trail

Richland Riverfront Trail

October, 2020 by ratrat4563

Richland Riverfront Trail

I live in Kennewick and ride the Richland Riverfront Trail several times a week. I usually get to the trail by using the Sacagawea Heritage Trail or the Keene Road Trail (see my report on the Sacagawea Heritage Trail where I discuss the interconnecting of the trails in the Tri Cities area.. The Richland Riverfront Trail is an out and back trail of approximately 7 miles in each direction. There are several trailheads in the area but the major ones with parking for more than a couple of cars are as follows:

Columbia Point Marina Park

Bradley Boulevard
-North end of Condos

Howard Amon Park
- Richland Community Center
- Lee Boulevard
- Newton Street
- Boat launch Facility

Leslie Groves Park
- River Road
- Newcomer Street
- Park Road
- Saint Street
- Snyder Street

Although this trail is located in the center of a metropolitan area you are on a paved trail or when on a street or road traffic is light, there is no water or restroom facilities available on the trail north of Leslie Groves Park so plan accordingly. Although not a major problem, the Tri-Cities does have a homeless problem and it is not unusual to see one or two sleeping on one of the benches along the trail, I have no knowledge of any problems related to these people. Restrooms are available in Columbia Point Marina Park, Howard Amon Park, and Leslie Groves Park (there are no restrooms north of Snyder Street).

I will start the narrative from Columbia Point Marina Park and detail the entire trail. I will point out facilities close to the trail where you can get food, drinks, or points which may be of interest. Trail markings are few, however since the trail is continuous from one end to the other with the exception of one area where you have to travel on a residential street which has signs marking the bike route they are not a problem like on the Sacagawea Heritage Trail. As there are several hotels along the trail and a popular area for locals to walk it can be crowded for a cyclist so I will detail some of the detours you can take to miss the congestion if it is present


The Trail 

Begin at Columbia Point Marina Park, there is plenty of parking here, unless they are using it for the annual boat show or one of the bass tournaments. The trial actually starts at the end of Columbia Point Drive at the river. The trail runs north along the river side of the park and continues towards the boat launch facility. There is a restroom next to the boat launch facility and on the other side of the boat ramp are three restaurants for those that are hungry, these art not fast food but middle to upper scale facilities. If you’re looking for something lighter or not so fancy you can head back up Columbia Point Drive to the shopping mall at George Washington Way. There are other food facilities just off the trail through central Richland. Most users bypass this short section of trail in the park and begin their trip on the western side of the boat ramp where the trail leaves the parking lot. Overall this section of trail is fairly wide and pedestrians and cyclist coexist with no problems, however, the first few feet of the path from the boat ramp is narrow and a curve so you need to take it easy until you get to the top of the incline and make the right turn.

This section of the trail has benches for resting or taking in the views. On your right is the piers associated with the boat launch facility and a little further the piers where boats are permanently moored. On you left will be two of the restaurants and two hotels followed by several waterfront condominiums. At the end of the second hotel the trail turns ninety degrees to the left and the corner is somewhat blind and you need to be careful here. After the last condominium you will come to the Bradley trailhead on your left with river views to your right and a vacant lot on your left. The pavement in this area is not broken or damaged but has several rises and falls which can be a little unsettling if not aware of them. At the end of the vacant lot the trail turns to the left and passes another hotel. The trail follows the shoreline of the river and after a short distance make a turn to the right, caution the foliage along the river makes this a blind corner so be prepared to be face to face with a pedestrian or another cyclist. A very short straight section and you make a turn to the right and then after a couple hundred feet another somewhat blind turn to the left as you pass another group of condominiums. After passing the last condominium you pass yet another hotel and the trail narrows somewhat while transiting this area, after passing the hotel the trail widens and you have now entered Howard Amon Park.

On the left will be the Richland Community Center with its parking lot. The park contains several covered pavilions with tables and other amenities for use by the public. As you reach Lee Boulevard on your right will be a pier at which you may find the paddle wheel Mississippi style riverboat which ply's the Columbia and Snake rivers from Lewiston, Idaho to Astoria, Oregon with a stop in Richland. Parking is available on Lee Boulevard and in a lot to the north of Lee Boulevard between the park and George Washington Way. There is a restroom facility on Lee Boulevard next tot he tennis courts. If you continue west on Lee Boulevard and cross George Washington Way the next street you come to is The Parkway which has several small restaurants, one of which is Frost Me Sweet Bakery and Deli which has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network. Also you will find Greenies bicycle shop.

At this point the trail along the river narrows and it can become cumbersome to travel on a bike if there are pedestrians present, a usable detour is to travel up Lee Boulevard and turn right onto Amon Park Drive. If you plan on continuing on the trail next to the river skip to the next paragraph. As you travel through the parking lot on your left will be Northwest Paddleboarding where you can rent paddleboards and kayaks, take paddleboard lessons or a paddleboard tour. At the north end of the parking lot Amon Park Drive turns to the right and then back to the left to parallel the river and trail which are a short distance on your right while on your left will be another hotel. As you reach Newton Street on your left will be a restaurant and on your right will be a restroom facility. Continue on Amon Park Drive until you reach the parking lot at its end, the trail exits from the northwest corner of the lot and proceeds up onto a levee section of the trail.

For those who choose to continue on the trail from Lee Boulevard you will find benches and other amenities along the trail. There is a restroom adjacent to the small parking lot located at Newton Street. Proceed north until you reach the boat launch facility and turn right across the ramp and continue around the east side of the parking lot on the trail and continue up onto the levee section of the trail.

As you climb up onto the levee there is another hotel on your left, once on the top of the levee section of trail you will notice a path bearing to your left and back down the levee towards George Washington Way. At the bottom of the path on the left is a new building which houses a winery and Porter’s BBQ which has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This section of the trail which is on the levee is one of my least favorite sections due to the buckling of the asphalt pavement. Somebody has painted lines around most of the bad spots but it is wearing off and either needs to be reapplied or repairs made to the trail. If the trail is crowded or you want to miss some of the bumps you can take the next path to the left down to Harris Avenue, turn right on Harris Avenue and parallel the levee north. The first street on your right will be River Road, turn onto River Road and once over the top of the levee turn left into the parking lot. If you stayed on the top of the levee when you reach River Road turn right before the vertical railroad tracks stuck in the ground. This is the beginning of Leslie Groves Park which has a unique path system ,which most users honor, the path closest to the river is for pedestrians while the path slightly inland is for cyclists. If on a bike turn left where the railroad track is missing and into the parking lot. Just ahead between the parking lot and the pedestrian section of the trail will be a restroom facility. Where Howard Amon Park was all grass like your lawn many areas of Leslie Groves Park are natural foliage. The cycle trail transitions from the parking lot to a trail at the north end of the parking lot, marked by two large boulders spaced wider apart than the rest of the smaller boulders. Both trails continue north within a few yards of each other and at times are separated by trees or other foliage. Eventually you will reach Newcomer Street which has a small parking lot for trail access. Continuing north you will reach the more developed portion of Leslie Groves Park, on your right you will find sand volleyball courts and a sandy beach which is used for swimming, CAUTION NO LIFEGUARD, SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK. On your left will be the south end of the parking lot located at Park Street, near this area there are two pavilions with tables and a restroom facility.

Continuing north the trails continue on to Saint Street where there is a large parking lot. The pedestrian route continues north along the river where you will find tennis courts on your left along with another pavilion. Cyclists have a decision to make here as the trail between Saint Street and Snyder Street is rather rough from tree roots causing the pavement to buckle, if you decide to stay on the path cross the west end of the parking lot and continue on the path with the tennis courts on your right. If you decide to bypass this rough section jog slightly to your left and continue north on Harris Avenue. Harris Avenue has no businesses on it and is only residential so traffic is minimal or non-existent plus it is a fairly wide street. At Snyder Street turn to the right towards the river and pick up the trail on your left.

At Snyder Street the pedestrian and cycle trails merge back together and in the boat launch parking lot near the trail you will find the last restroom facility as you head north on the trail. The portion of the trail north of Snyder Street is designated as the North Leslie grove Natural Area and as such is covered in vegetation natural to the area. The trail continues north through this area until it turns to the left up a short incline onto Ferry Road for a short distance until you reach Harris Avenue. Turn right onto Harris avenue and continue north until you reach Sprout Road. Across Sprout Road will be Washing State University, Tri-Cities Campus, you will turn right on Sprout Road and at the end of the street pick up the trail which immediately turn left as you enter it and then down a short downhill followed by an equal uphill section with the river on your right and the university campus on your left.

Other than the landscaped areas of the university this section of the trail in a natural habitat and you can expect to see wildlife native to the area, this includes rabbits and the occasional snake. More than once between the university and USS TRITON Park I have been startled by a rabbit dashing across the path mere inches in front of my recumbent trike. After leaving the university campus behind you merge onto Waterfront drive for a short stretch until the path picks up on the right side as the pavement ends for Waterfront Drive, stay to the right of the line of boulders. After passing a picnic table on your right the path takes a mild bend to the left and appears to go straight with a branch going to the right. Turn right as the straight section ends in a very short distance. Go up the slight incline past a couple of roadside tables and find yourself approaching some riverfront homes. It has recently been announced that the area to your right and immediately west of these homes will be developed into a higher end luxury apartment complex.

After passing the last of these homes you will climb a short rise and approach a pavilion on your right which has a table. From this pavilion you will be able to overlook the Columbia River and the Port of Benton barge slip which services the Hanford Site (formally Hanford Nuclear Reservation). If you look off to the northwest from this location you can visually follow the trail and see the sail from USS TRITON at the top of the bluff. From this pavilion it is a short ride up the hill to finally arrive at USS TRITON park. USS TRITON park is a very small park with parking for ten cars and a space just slightly larger than the sail itself.

USS TRITON Park

USS TRITON was a first generation nuclear powered submarine of the US Navy (fourth hull design, eighth boat built) which during her short career made history by becoming the first submarine to circumnavigate the Earth while submerged. The course generally followed that of the first circumnavigation of the world led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan from 1519 to 1522. TRITON was originally designed as a radar picket but quickly outdated with the US Navy’s acquisition of carrier based early warning radar aircraft. TRITON was commissioned on 10 November 1959 and decommissioned on 3 May 1969 when her design made her no longer viable as a fleet asset. She was towed from Norfolk Naval Shipyard (Portsmouth, Virginia) to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (Bremerton, Washington) in 1993 to await her turn in the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program. Triton began the recycling program in 2007 and completed the recycling in 2009.

The recycling process removes all hazardous material whether chemical, mineral, or nuclear and disposes/contains it while parts of the vessel such as steel which can be recycled is sent to the appropriate facility for reuse. The reactor is highly contaminated and during the recycling process it is removed and encapsulated in suitable containers for long term storage, these containers are then transported to the Hanford Site where they are placed in long term storage. During the recycling process the sail was removed as a single unit and placed on a barge and towed from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard out to the Pacific Ocean and up the Columbia River to the Port of Benton Barge slip where it was offloaded by the cranes you see and transported by the multiple-wheel high-capacity trailers you see adjacent to the park, up the hill to its present location where it was mounted to its current location. There is a sign on one side of the sail which instructs ou haw to arrange for a tour inside the sail if you desire to do so.

USS TRITON park commemorates not only USS TRITON but all of the nuclear powered ships and submarines who have undergone the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program whose reactors have been sealed during the recycling and placed on barges to take the same voyage as USS TRITON’s sail. Upon their arrival at the Hanford Site they were offloaded and transported to their burial location.

Return is a reversal of your north bound journey. I hope you enjoy this trail as much as I do, other than the bad areas of pavement this is a great trail. I ride thirteen miles to ride this trail and thirteen miles back home, the ride is worth it.

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