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Iron Horse Stae Park, Army West to Army East

Average Rating:    (1.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Old railroad grade.

Trail is mostly soft sandy stuff likely chewed up from too many horses. 5mph climb from trail head to the tunnel and then about 10mph going downhill in the sand pedaling the whole way, even downhill to maintain speed.. SOme spots it's easier to walk. In the cuts are some nasty sharp rocks. You may wish to walk the rocks becuse a breakdown or injury out there could be an issue. Didn't get any flats but carrie a spare tire with multiple tubes. Take lots of drinking fluids. Mount up th efattest tires you have. This trail in its current state is an endurance test and not reccomended for having fun. It test rode it for a planned ride of the whole 100 mile length but will skip this section as I doubt I could do it with a Bob Ibex trailer in tow. If you want to pretend you're doing the Dakar Rally on a bike, this is your trail.
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Latitude
46.954722285470225
Longitude
-120.29899477958679
Trail Length
19
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Kittitas
State/Territory/Province
WA
Zip/Postal Code
98934
Country
US
Web Address
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Heavy-D ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is the "have it" so "use it" Rils to Trails stuff. The grade is mellow, the surface is variable & loose. The redeeming value is long, really long. From West to East...
North Bend to Hyak - 15 to 20 miles depending on where you start/stop in the megalopolis... trail well used, decent surface. Cool big tunnel. Bring lights!
Hyak to Cle Elum - 29 miles loose and variable
Cle Elum to Ellensburg - 26 miles loose and variable, cool tunnels. Bring lights!
Ellensburg to Kittitas - 5.5 miles watch the grass grow
Kittitas to Vantage - 28 miles loose sandy pit of death with some cool sights. Bring lights!

Recommended Route:
See http://www.traillink.com/ViewTrail.aspx?AcctID=6055769 for info.



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Review Date
May 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: drool ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It's a sand box with a bunch of rocks thrown in the cuts. Really unsuitable for bikes unless you're trying for an endurance contest to see how much sand you can tolerate.

Take lots of water, snake bite kit, and be ready for sharp rocks. I didn't get a flat but I wimped and pushed the bike through the worst of the sharp rocks.

Be prepared to be in the desert for hours and away from help.

Recommended Route:
Get the Iron Horse State Park brochure from Washington State Parks. Info for ALL trail heads is in there or look up Iron Horse State Park on web.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ride the other sections of the trail. I have done Easton-Hyak and Cedar Falls-Hyak. This section needs a lot of work.



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