Ride to Flaming Geyser State Park

I’ve lived in Seattle how long?! Too long! And yet, after all these years, I have never even heard about geysers in the area!

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So when Jae suggested we ride out to the Flaming Geyser State Park on Saturday, located only 12 miles or so from a Seattle suburb of Auburn, I was so excited! Heck yeah, I wanted to see some geysers!

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Keenan, Jae and I headed out from downtown Auburn (to be fair, Keenan biked to Auburn from his house – 17 miles – while Jae and I carpooled) and took the very scenic Green Valley Rd. to the Flaming Geyser State Park.

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What a pretty ride! This road is comfortably flat, with not too much traffic and it’s very scenic.

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We saw llamas! (or are these alpacas? I’m still not good at telling those two apart)

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And horses!

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And sheep! (that’s a sheep, right?)

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And this little furry guy! I’m pretty sure that’s a cow. Or a baby bull? One of those.

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We took a short break (it was only 12 miles or so each way).

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And arrived at the park!

It was very exciting! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but a part of me was hoping that we arrived in Yellowstone.

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Well….  Not quite. That’s the geyser.

I’m serious, this is it. Here is another shot.

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Someone told us that there’s definitely gas coming out of that stump and that we could light it up, but none of us brought any matches or lighters. Ikr, as Washington State residents, we should always be carrying some with us. But nope! The two guys who were out on a walk with their dog forgot their matches too.

We stared at the stump for a little while and then turned around. Well, at least the ride was beautiful!

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  • This Ride: 25.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 168 ft
  • YTD Biking Miles: 588.4
  • YTD Hiking Miles: 36.8

 

 

 

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