Drunken Charlie Lake
The blog has been quiet all winter, but not forgotten. The best areas for rough stuff cycling are covered in snow all winter long, but that doesn’t mean that every destination is.
This last weekend Andre, Jimmy, Roscoe (Jimmy’s dog), and I stretched our legs by looking for Drunken Charlie Lake in the Marckworth Forest. I’ve searched for this lake before and failed with Mark and Kent, but it was okay because we found a great waterfall instead. This time I was equipped with a GPS and did want to find it.
The Marckworth Forest is a large industrial forest just east of Seattle. It is mostly behind locked gates, but is open for day use to cyclists and hikers. Since it is a working forest there isn’t too much information available on the recreational opportunities within. There are endless logging roads (active and out of use) to explore and little bits of singletrack here and there. The high points in the forest are usually under 2000′, which makes it a good place go year round for Seattle cyclists. The views and scenery aren’t as good as what one can find farther up into the mountains in the summer however.
This ride is about 15 miles long and has about 1500′ of climbing (only the last couple of miles of which are steep). It’s a great early season ride that will help you get excited about the upcoming summer.
As a reminder, this is a semi-open blog. If you live in the Northwest and have routes or ride reports to contribute please contact me about getting an account on the blog. A couple of other ride reports should be coming soon, and I’m going to do a little series on finding routes and picking gear for these rides.
Andre posted a great local camping option on Green Mountain to the Bike Overnights blog. This is a good one for a first S24O.
Date: April 18, 2011