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Trail:Tokul East

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Tokul East is an area that consists of logging road climbs and loose, ripping descents on old horse trails and a few newer trails designer by local bikers.  The descents tend to be fairly technical because the gravelly soils and plenty of horse use keeps things interesting.
 
Tokul East is an area that consists of logging road climbs and loose, ripping descents on old horse trails and a few newer trails designer by local bikers.  The descents tend to be fairly technical because the gravelly soils and plenty of horse use keeps things interesting.
  

Revision as of 09:10, 12 September 2011

Tukul .jpg
Name Tokul East
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Singletrack 60%
Fire road 40%
Paved 0%
Total trail 10 mi.
Alt. change 600
Latitude: 47.56762
Longitude: -121.86533
Nearest medical: Not set yet
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Trail Overview

Notice (9/12/11): The forest is temporarily closed to recreation due to high fire danger.

Tokul East is an area that consists of logging road climbs and loose, ripping descents on old horse trails and a few newer trails designer by local bikers. The descents tend to be fairly technical because the gravelly soils and plenty of horse use keeps things interesting.

How to find it

From Seattle take I-90 East to the Preston Exit, turn left at the stopsign and cross the freeway and then take an immediate right on High Point Way. High Point turns into Preston-Fall City Rd, and continue on this for about 4 miles. At Fall City you will hit a stop sign and turn right here onto Hwy 202 (also called SE Fall City-Snoqualmie Rd). Contine on 202 for about 1 mile and turn left 356th Dr SE. Go up the hill for 1/3 mile and park in the trailhead lot on your left.

To find the trail system head East on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT) for about .7 miles and take the doubletrack on your left. Once you find the power lines you will find all kinds of trails to make different loops.

Alternately, many people park near Snoqualmie Falls Lodge which has singletrack that connects into the Tokul East system. Please don't park in their private parking lot.

As of March 2010, access through the main road gate off of Tokul Road seems to be prohibited by a new owner of that edge parcel. This should not affect most of the trails.

Typical Conditions

These are some of the best draining trails in our area, and this is an excellent winter riding area. Some of the lower trails near the power lines can get soggy, but they're easy to avoid.

Current Conditions

Most of the upper trails are great. Safety First is a little puddly, Crazy Ivan is super rutted at the top. Gun Range is overgrown with briars. Otherwise great shape. R1de 20:01, 15 July 2011 (PDT)

[September 5, 2010] Do not ride to the bottom of the Gun Range trail. A new company (who now apparently owns a portion of the area) is very serious about the trespassing signs, and will ticket, as well as threaten to prosecute. It is best to steer clear of the area, entirely. Today, we encountered a patrol truck at the base of the trail, where they took pictures of each "offending" rider, and threatened $1000 fines. Do not trespass in this area. You have been warned.

[February 27, 2010] It is known that there are new clearcut boundaries posted at the treelines starting at Safety First, and moving down the hill towards the clearcut of 2008 (the Gun Range area). It appears Safety First is going to be lost to tree farming soon.

Turn-By-Turn Guide

Local Points of Interest

There are some great apres-ride taverns in Fall City. Also, the Snoqualmie Brewery in downtown Snoqualmie has good food and is kid friendly.

Misc. Information

Local Trail Names: Crazy Ivan, Big Rock, Little Rock Connector, FlowTron 3000, Last Frontier, Safety First, Tetherball, Bandwagon, Treeline, Dodgeball, Gun(re-ar)range, OGDH

Advocacy Information

Alert: August, 2007. The land owner, Hancock Timber Management, has posted signs at some of the trail in Tokul East, signing them as closed (see images, below). A group within Evergreen is working to reach out to Hancock with the goal of understanding their concerns and working out a deal that can re-open the trails.

Evergreen has not been actively involved at Tokul in the past, but now will engage with Hancock. Evergreen has not endorsed trail building on these lands, but has allowed rides to be posted on our calendar as long as the trails are open to bikes. It is Evergreen's policy to always honor the rules and requests from the land owner. We are guests on their land.

As soon as more information becomes available, it will be posted here. If you are from Hancock Timber, we would love to work with you and find a way for it to be in your interest to allow biking on the trail at Tokul. Please contact Evergreen at 206-524-2900 or email advocacyteam (at) evergreenmtb.org.

Tokul East is a part of Hancock's Snoqualmie Forest, a 100,000 acre tree farm. King County has purchased most of the development rights for this forest, but Weyerhauser kept much of Tokul East out of that deal and it is zoned residential, with future homes possible for this area.

Unofficial map of Tokul Creek zoning and Development Rights sale

Photos