Published by Courtney
Posted on October 14, 2016
Did you know, Trailside opened the beginning phases of their mountain bike park this year? Having direct access to outdoor recreational opportunities is at our core and what better way to realize that vision than open a mountain bike park!
With the help of expert trail builder Jeff Newman and many volunteers we began construction on CoalTrax bike park in late 2015. The bike park currently has two downhill runs, a family pump track, practice areas, and several cross country trails.
CoalTrax will eventually contain over 10 miles of family oriented trails, that can provide an afternoon of fun or a full day of riding in various configurations. CoalTrax will preserve historical features of upper county mining, and resident established features such as the ‘flag pole’ location at the highest elevation of the park. From the American flag flown there, vistas are spectacular and a true destination for a mountain bike ride or hike. The park is also suitable for hiking and family exploration. The park allows riders to explore at their own level, from beginner to expert. Approximately 30 acres will eventually connect the park with other public open spaces, including the Senior Center in Cle ELum, and the existing Rat Pac trail, a well known destination ride for many riders in the northwest. Kids of all ages in the Cle Elum Roslyn area are already discovering the first phase of the park, and are improving their riding skills on the pump track and the practice areas.
Biking and hiking season is nearing an end, come explore CoalTrax and RatPac this fall before it’s too late. Need a bike? Don’t worry, our friends at the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Co., located in Roslyn, offer bike rentals or have a great selection of quality bikes for sale. Already have a bike? That’s great! We still recommend visiting their website or stopping by their shop, they are stocked with everything you need for your ride along with the best information on the local trails.