Fall City-Rattlesnake Lake Picnic
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Face coverings (for mouth and nose) are required when the group makes extended stops. Face coverings are recommended for the duration of the ride. Please bring personal hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and tissues for use at rest stops.
We will observe current social distancing guidelines when off the bike, and strive to maintain at least 10-12ft separation between riders when on the bike.
Join us for a gravel ride from Fall City on a 40-mile route at a steady pace (12-14 MPH on flats)!
We will ride from Fall City to Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area and back on the scenic Snoqualmie Valley Trail, with a couple of miles' detour in each direction through parts of North Bend and Snoqualmie, where the trail is interrupted. Bring your lunch, and we'll have a picnic on the beach at the lake. Our route is mostly wooded, passing along and over rivers, with some stunning Cascade views and valley vistas. The trail is fairly smooth gravel, built on a former railroad bed, with a very gradual climb toward Rattlesnake Lake, which makes for a breezy ride back. We will encounter a couple of short hills entering and leaving the trail in Fall City and in Snoqualmie.
Let's meet at the the gravel parking lot at Fall City Community Park at 9:45 a.m. for our pre-ride safety briefing, with a departure at 10 a.m.
We will climb and descend hills at our own pace, and our goal will be to regroup occasionally, as needed.
A restroom (port-a-potty) but no water is available at the start. There are also restrooms at Rattlesnake Lake (mile 20), but do not count on water being available. We’ll make a brief coffee stop in North Bend at mile 29.
What to bring: A bike with at least 28 mm tires should be fine for the gravel we will encounter on this ride. Make sure to have enough water and food to sustain you for the ride, at least until our coffee stop. Bring a spare tube and tools to fix a flat, just in case. Please have full fenders if the roads are wet, or you may be asked to ride at the rear of the group.
Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion listed above or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions or other unexpected events, the Ride Leader will post a ride-canceled note in the Comments section below at least two hours prior to the start and Ride Leader(s) will not be at the start location.
We hope you can join us!
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