Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Interurban Trail: A Ride Along the Rails

Interurban Trail sign The Interurban Trail is a paved 14-mile recreational trail linking Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Algona, and Pacific. When completed, the trail will extend south through Pacific, across the county line into Sumner and Puyallup where it will connect with the Pierce County Foothills Trail and the planned Edgewood/Milton Interurban Trail.

The following map section shows the portion of the Interurban Trail between Kent and Auburn. You can find trail maps on King County's new interactive Bike Map, or the new Mobile Bike Map (updated May 2012). For info on King County trails, see Regional Trails in King County.

Interurban Trail map section

The Interurban Trail passes through a variety of industrial landscapes, such as this old cement plant in Tukwila:

Interurban Trail industrial landscape The Interurban Trail is popular with bicycling teams, who use this very straight trail for training rides.

Interurban Trail bicyclistsThe trail occupies an abandoned Puget Sound Electric Railway corridor. However, the BNSF rail line next to it is very much in use, and you’ll pass hundreds of freight cars.

Interurban Trail: freight car

Interurban Trail: railroad warning sign In fact, along certain sections of the Interurban Trail you’ll have to be careful, as railroad tracks cut across the trail. Fortunately, these sections are well marked with warning signs about remote controlled locomotives!

Green River Trail Intersection
When you cross the Green River bridge at South 260th Street in Kent, you’ll find that the Interurban Trail intersects with the Green River Trail — another great trail to ride.

Interurban Trail: bridge over the Green River

Other Blog Postings on Trails
Here’s a list of other Redmond Library blog postings on regional trails:
Marymoor Connector Trail Partly Open
The Tolt Pipeline Trail
Snohomish County Bike Trails: Centennial Trail
King County Bike Trails: Sammamish River Trail
King County Bike Trail Maps

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