3.2 miles
Distance
323 ft
Climb
-1,293 ft
Descent
00:29:53
Avg time

Preston Railroad Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Tiger Mountain State Forest
    Issaquah, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year- round now but may be seasonally closed.
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #1495 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #6197 in Trail Running
    • #42563 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 35 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    WA DNR

This old standard is getting neglected with all the new trails on Tiger. It's still a great trail though (in either direction). Significant work has been done in recent years to redirect the formerly massive "Preston River" water flow off the trail, and thus it can now be open year round. There are springs everywhere on this trail though, so give it a rest during rain, and expect some wet immediately after a rain. It's still fun to bomb down this trail, and it's a better descent for newer riders than Off The Grid.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Preston Railroad mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -970 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,520 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,536 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,491 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,520 ft
  • Grade
    -5.808%
  • Grade max
    -77.273%
  • Grade min
    23.667%
  • Distance climb
    3,327 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    402 ft
  • Avg time
    00:29:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:51:48
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Status:
on May 23, 2022
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Avg: 3.8 (45 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Preston Railroad Trail Reports

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      May 23, 2022 @ 8:55am
      May 23, 2022
      Apr 24, 2022 @ 5:48am
      Apr 24, 2022
      Ran great. No real issues.
      Apr 18, 2022 @ 3:34pm
      Apr 18, 2022
      Beginning of Preston RR significantly snow packed ... Coming down thru streams it's rideable.
      Mar 28, 2022 @ 2:02pm
      Mar 28, 2022
      Feb 26, 2022 @ 4:15pm
      Feb 26, 2022
      Lots of snow and ice.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 133 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,655 rides
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      Photos

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      11 |
      Apr 18, 2022 @ 3:35pm
      Apr 18, 2022
      15 |
      Feb 26, 2022 @ 4:15pm
      Feb 26, 2022
      211 |
      May 11, 2019 @ 7:55am
      May 11, 2019
      599 |
      Feb 10, 2014 @ 4:20pm
      Feb 10, 2014

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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      pinkece (May 30, 2021 at 14:00)
       Hop onto this after East Tiger Summit Trail. Fast. 5 stars
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      pinkece (Jun 15, 2021 at 15:12)
       Anyone know what the trail is that swoops off to the left part of the way into Preston? It's a downhill trail with tight berms. Went all the way down to a fire road.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      jmbrunson (Jun 15, 2021 at 15:48)
       It's called Extraterrestrial, built by Evergreen. not officially open yet.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      pinkece (Jun 15, 2021 at 22:07)
       Thanks! I followed a guy down that trail (he said it was a flowy blue trail) but it was way beyond my comfort level. Picks up speed really fast and never lets up. I'll stick to Preston in the future lol.
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      • + 0
      carlsonwa (Jul 17, 2021 at 9:34)
       Lots of tree stumps and rocks to pop off and practice small drops. Not a lot of fun if you like smooth and flowy. It felt like the waste of my hard earned altitude. Will skip next time.
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      Tiger Mountain Preston Railroad
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