Poo Poo Point Gravel Ride

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Start Location: 
East Lake Sammamish Trailhead
17609 NE 70th St
Redmond, WA 98052
Contact Information: 
Peter A Dunmore
p1dunmore@comcast.net
425 588 8060
Distance: 
44.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
2,850 feet
Terrain: 
Regroup: 
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

A mixed road and gravel ride with a challenging gravel climb to the paragliding launch site at Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain.

This out-and-back route follows the East Lake Sammamish Trail, Issaquah Preston Trail, and Rainier Trail to take us to the South side of Issaquah. After a short ride on the Issaquah Hobart Road, the climbing begins. First, a paved-road climb up Tiger Mountain Road, followed by a steep gravel climb to Poo Poo Point.

A bike suitable for riding on gravel is required for this ride. Wide tires, 32-35 or wider are recommended. Low gearing will also be helpful (some popular gear setups are 48/32 in front and 11/34 in back or 40t 1x gearing in front with 10/42 in back).

Riders should bring tools and knowledge to repair flats and minor mechanicals.

Bring enough food and water for the ride. We will plan on a snack/lunch break at Poo Poo Point while we enjoy the views.

There is a port-a-pot at the start. Water and restroom break at Lake Sammamish State Park (mile 8.6).

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early in order to prepare yourself and your bike prior to the safety briefing. Ride rolls out promptly at 9:00am.

Steady rain, snow or ice cancels. Cancellation will be announced in the Comments Section below at least two (2) hours prior to the ride start. 

Comments

There is still a large amount of snow on the gravel road to Poo Poo Point and on the shoulders of Tiger Mt. Road. This poses a safety hazard and it is unlikely we will be able to make it all the way. Let’s do this another day. Rather than cancel I am offering an alternative, shorter route that takes us on a tour of the multi-use trails on lower Tiger Mountain: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29375140.  This 30 mile route still has a good climb and plenty of gravel riding.

East Lake Sammamish Trailhead
17609 NE 70th St
Redmond, WA 98052
Ride Leader(s)