Don't let the word "pipeline" deceive you, because this trail is far from an industrial unmaintained trail. The Tolt Pipeline starts in Bothell and stretches east for nearly 14 miles to Duvall. It was my first time on the trail and I have already denoted it as my 'go to' for long runs. The terrain of rolling hills is particularly helpful toward trail racing and building quad strength.
I met with my former teammate Bobeya and we set out for the trail in good 'ole PNW fashion with rain blinding us and soaking our clothes within the first few steps. We barely ran a mile until we reached a punishing climb of 500 ft in just over half a mile. That was a steep one that got us huffing! Our conversation stopped until we crested the hill and saw that the next portion of our run was a more manageable series of rolling hills. We settled into a rhythym and soaked up 20 miles past a myriad of horse stables and pastures, towering evergreen trees and inviting side trails that would be left for another run. It rained on us the whole time, but in the spirit of the PNW I embraced my burning chaff and ratty pony tail.
I recommend parking at the Northshore Athletic Fields and accessing the pipeline from there. Once you finish your run you can go for a little wine tasting at Columbia Winery or sip something harder at Woodinville Whisky, right around the corner from the athletic fields.
Tolt Pipeline Trail via NorthShore Athletic Fields: NE 145th Street/State Route 202
Distance: 20 miles
Elevation gain: 1721ft
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