The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a 300 mile long (former railroad) gravel trail that stretches across two-thirds of Washington State. It starts in the Western slopes of the Cascade Mountain range, and ends at the Idaho border.
We started at the Hyak entrance at Iron Horse State Park, and rode down hill to Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend. This portion of the trail goes through the 2.3 mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel. It has been on my bucket-list for a while now. It was cold, wet, and really, really dark. I wore my rain jacket, and we each brought a head lamp with a back-up flash light. I’d recommend bringing a back-up light source. It would be a long, dark, ride without light. Overall, it was cool to experience but not something I’ll probably do very often.
I really enjoyed the non-tunnel portion of the John Wayne Trail though, it was really pretty and peaceful. We only came across a handful of other visitors, and we mostly had the trail to ourselves . Next time, I’ll probably ride from Rattlesnake Lake to the tunnel and back down.