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Tapeworm

Average Rating:    (4.24 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 54

This is a night ride but it can be fun during the day as well. The trail is very narrow and technical and you never go more than five feet before turning. There are several manmade obstacles including a tough 2X4 balance beam, a very well built teeter-tooter and a hard rock garden. The ride is very short, so you can do tons of loops.
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Latitude
47.468949677672484
Longitude
-122.1948766708374
Trail Directions
In Phillip Arnold park, downtown Renton. Just look at a Seattle Map.
Trail Length
about 2.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Renton
   


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Review Date
August 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Tarekith ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Pretty fun trail, though there were times I swear I was going to get motion sickness. Really slow line for the most part, as mention it's tons of turns back and forth, back and forth, and.... back and forth some more. BBTC recommends you do the loops clockwise, and for the most part that's the way I'd want to do them anyway.

A few parts out in the open under the powerlines were REALLY overgrown, and a lot of the turns were easy to wash out on since the dirt was so loose from lack of rain. A few small stunts here and there, nothing even a beginner couldn't handle. Overall I'm glad I checked it out, but there's other trails close by that are more my style. This is really slow riding, more a balancing act than anything. Reminded me of Phase 1 of the Collanade project in Seattle.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise from the entrance, hard to miss all the loops as long as you keep going in that direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South SeaTac. Faster and smoother trails, longer flow lines, and a great section with a LOT of nice jumps and drops.



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Review Date
June 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: noremorse ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail is a butt kicker. It winds back and forth. When you think you are done, you are not even close. It is kind of weird how close the trail loops together. Lots of quick turns, uphill portions with stumps and logs you have to hop at the top of the uphill. There is a section with some dirtjumps, bridges with dropoffs, two teeter-totters, etc. It is a long ride.

Recommended Route:
Start at the trailhead with the yellow sign that reads "Begin".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mr. DNA, Parasite



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Review Date
April 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tenchiro ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have been riding these trails alot lately, and am very happy with the condition they are in. Tne new construction is very well made and keeps with the overall challenge of the area.

My favorite section currently is Parasite, starting from the top and hitting it backwards. The uphill log crossings offer a different challenge and riding it backwards really makes it feel totally different.

Recommended Route:
I like to drop in on the top of Parasite (near the road), then after a lap there head over to Mr. DNA then down for a lap around Tapeworm.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Sawyer is very similiar, but much bigger.



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Review Date
March 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nullman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I completely agree with everyone about the great job done by the trail designers/builders. Very tight trail that is in great shape considering the 300+ riders a week (by one estimate) that ride the 'worm.

When I rode (early March) trail was very muddy. -Not just in spots - the whole durn thing. Even so, I only dabbed a few times, from spinning out and on a couple of the stunts. I think with a little dry weather or a couple of laps' practice, I might clean the whole thing. I only found one place where the mud was deeeep.

I was a little disappointed because I have heard about this amazing trail for 10 years and when I finally rode it, it just couldn't live up the epic legends I have heard/created. It wasn't quite as difficult as some of the local trails I ride every week.

Kinda bumpy - you hardtail riders will have a harder time. And I have to disagree with someone below who said the trail has no flow. I really liked the rhythm of the trail - rode the whole thing in a 32T/30 gear, nothing too steep.

If you live close to this trail, consider yourself lucky. If not, find or build something similar close by. Ride on!

Recommended Route:
Want a harder challenge? Go find the Parasite to the north. Parasite has a lot of things to crawl/hop/roll over, many on an uphill. Also seems to see less traffic.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Only happy trails.



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Review Date
January 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Valerie ,  Racer

Summary:
I rode this trail while visiting Seattle. Seems this is one of the few trails that are open in winter.
The trail is a great example of how to make absolute maximum use of a small amount of land. Lots of tight, twisty fairly technical trail. Some cool little bridges & ramps & a well built little teeter totter. I met up with a few friendly locals who showed me around, otherwise I probably wouldn't have found everything. My only complaint about this trail is that it's so tight it lacks flow. Every little downhill has a tight 180 at the bottom so you're unable to carry any momentum as you head back up the hill. The hills are short though, & trying to clean all the roots & logovers & twisty turns made this a fun ride. The trailbuilders did a nice job!



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