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Tolt-MacDonald

Average Rating:    (4.04 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

Cross the suspension bridge then find the trail behind Cabin 2. Follow trail up steep hill for about 1/2 mile then look for trail entrances in any direction. Trails are tight and windy with some up and down
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Latitude
47.64017896038676
Longitude
-121.9204330444336
Trail Directions
From Seattle, Drive east on I-90 to exit #22 and turn left towards Fall City. From Fall city drive north on Highway 203. Immediately after entering Carnation look for the entrance to Tolt-MacDonald Park on left, across from the Middle School. Follow the parks road to the parking lot at the end.
Trail Length
12 to 15 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Carnation
   


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Review Date
April 6, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Eric Beck ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fantastic network of trails. I get lost everytime I go. Bring your FS bike. The only flat trails are the fire roads. Tons of great trails that are twisty and loggy. Loads of fun, and usually always empty.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Duthie Hill.



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Review Date
May 10, 2010

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: Tim-H ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Really surprised by the low rating on the list. This place is great, loads of fun trails, not many other riders or hikers. I guess one advantage to the low rating is it keeps it more of a secret for those of us who do love it.

If you're not in great shape the hike up will make you wonder what the hell you're doing there but once you get to the top and hit a trail you'll forget all about it.

I'll rate the difficulties at 3 because it really can vary. 5 overall because it's so much fun.



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Review Date
July 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: SEAviaVT ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have ridden here 3x so far and I really like it. I have tried following the route described in the Kissing the Trail guide, but there are too many intersecting trails and I inevitably get a little bit lost. Most of the trails have good flow, there are some great technical sections with roots and rocks, very little climbing except for the opening climb after you cross the river. It's a lung burning little-ring climb with a forced dismount about 1/2-way up due to a sandy hairpin turn, but rideable the rest of the way. At the top you arrive at a 5-way intersection: note this place, as it is the nexus of the trail system. Overall, very fun, twisty-turny trails. I recommend bringing a compass, as you will surely lose your way, but most trails intersect the perimeter dbl-track trails, and if you ride those you will eventually get back to the 5-way intersection. If you get really lost, head east and you will eventually see the river and be able to get your bearings.



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Review Date
July 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tarekith ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This was a pretty fun ride, though it took me a little while to actually get my bearings here. You start with a pretty steep hike a bike to get up to the plateau where all the trails are. Once there, even with a map, you're likely to get lost riding around the first few time. The trails are a huge mix of twisting, rolling singletrack, with new trails crossing and branching off every few minutes. I was able to go in the morning, so it was pretty easy to tell by the sun which way was East and sort of keep my bearings.

There's a few short climbs and downhills, but most of it is fairly flat. Most of the trails are winding in and out of trees, and over roots and deadfall. Best part is the ride back down to the car too :)

Recommended Route:
None that I could recommend. I'm usually not the type of person who likes to say "just go and get yourself lost", but really that's going to happen here anyway :) The place isn't gigantic, and riding any of the doubletrack you're sure to run across will eventually get you back to the main intersection and the route back down to the parking lot. BBTC Wiki has a map that was helpful too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tiger Mountain is not too far away, and much more technical. Miles of downhill trails, though there is a 4 mile hike a bike to the top first too.



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Review Date
April 24, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jwillaford@hotmail.com ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Tolt-MacDonald is a confusing series of trails that will tend to get you lost with every switchback.The key to Tolt is to ride fast and explore everything.The scenery is breath taking from the view point and it feels very isolated in the woods.Trails are well thought and vary from fast to tree strewn and technical.It is a favorite of mine and the trails I would consider home.If you enjoy great single track without a lot of climbing,I guarantee you will like Tolt.

Recommended Route:
http://backcountry.unicyclist.com/UNICON/Tolt/ToltMacDonald.html Try this site for the best maps that I have found and some great info.The route that I take to get to Tolt is to get on Tolt Hill Road from route 203 and head west to 294th ave se and turn right.Follow that to a cul-de-sac and park.I have never had a problem parking here and the gravel road is county.(You can also park at the park as described in the web page above,but this way keeps you from having to climb Its-A- B!tch.)Begin riding up the gravel road for about a 1/4 mile and you will see a trail straight ahead.Follow that into the woods.Pass the first trail on the left and take the second left.You should come to top of a fire road and just start exploring.It is easy to get lost so mark a waypoint and remember you are at the southwest corner of the park.Enjoy the great singletrack and give yourself plenty of time.Also check out the BBTC site as they do a ride up here every Tuesday and they have some good info as well.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tokul!Soaring Eagle(Beaver Lake,The Beav,Section 36,Whatever).Cherry Valley.



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