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Length
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Bay to Baker Trail (Bellingham)

1.4 mi
State: WA
Gravel, Sand

Bay to Baker Trail (Everson)

1.6 mi
State: WA
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Bay to Baker Trail (Maple Falls to Glacier)

7.5 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Cascade Trail

22.5 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Eastside Rail Trail

42 mi
State: WA
Accordion

Guemes Channel Trail

1.2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Hertz Trail

3.1 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Interurban Trail (Bellingham)

6.7 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Interurban Trail (North)

24 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Kulshan Creek Trail

2.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Larrabee Trail

1 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone

Lowell Riverfront Trail

1.75 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

North Creek Trail

7.25 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Dirt

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

7.3 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone

Pigeon Creek Trail

0.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Railroad Trail (WA)

3.5 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

30.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

South Bay Trail

2.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Squires Lake Trail

0.4 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

State Route 20 Arboreta Trail

1.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Tommy Thompson Trail

3.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Whitehorse Trail

9.4 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Bellingham segment of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for 1.4 miles along an abandoned railroad right-of-way between Little Squalicum Park on Bellingham Bay and Northwest Avenue. The trail is sand and ...
WA 1.4 mi Gravel, Sand
The Everson section of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for more than 1.5 miles from the unincorporated community of Strandell to Everson's downtown along an abandoned rail corridor. The trail is adjacent to ...
WA 1.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Maple Falls to Glacier segment of the Bay to Baker Trail traces the route of the former Bellingham Bay Railroad between two small Washington towns not far from the Canadian border. The trail parallels ...
WA 7.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
The 22.5-mile Cascade Trail—boasting 12 benches, 23 trestles, and two bridges made from repurposed railcars—-follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of northwest ...
WA 22.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The 42-mile corridor that extends from Renton to Snohomish is now under public ownership. Last December, the Port of Seattle purchased the BNSF Eastside Rail Corridor, with King County purchasing a trail ...
WA 42 mi
Guemes Channel Trail will link downtown Anacortes, the Tommy Thompson Trail, and the San Juan Ferry. Both trails offer shoreline routes along old rail corridors. The Guemes Channel Trail is currently ...
WA 1.2 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Hertz Trail (also known as the North Lake Whatcom Trail) follows the eastern shoreline of Washington's fourth largest freshwater lake. The relatively flat, fine-gravel pathway traces the former Bellingham ...
WA 3.1 mi Gravel
Accordion
Spectacular views across Bellingham Bay to the San Juan Islands and beyond reward visitors of this Interurban Trail. All they have to do is find a clearing along the wooded path that runs a fairly level ...
WA 6.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Interurban Trail between Seattle and Everett stitches together a dense residential and commercial patchwork that the original electric railway helped to grow in the early part of the 20th century. ...
WA 24 mi Asphalt
The Kulshan Creek Trail links Mount Vernon's downtown area with commercial and residential areas. Use the trail to access schools, parks, natural areas and community gardens. The Kulshan Trail runs between ...
WA 2.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Larrabee Trail in the Fairhaven suburb of Bellingham runs for 1 easy mile over rolling terrain. The trail meanders along Lower Padden Creek from the Port of Bellingham Marine Park by the water treatment ...
WA 1 mi Crushed Stone
The Lowell Riverfront Trail is a multi-use trail located within Rotary Park. The paved trail travels from the park entrance to the north end following the Snohomish River. You can encounter numerous wildlife ...
WA 1.75 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The North Creek Trail links the cities of Bothell, Mill Creek and Everett, as well as the communities in between. The trail also provides access to the Sammamish River Trail, which connects to the Rail-Trail ...
WA 7.25 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Snohomish County is moving on efforts to close the gap between the two completed portions of the North Creek Trail. In late 2009, Snohomish County began Phase I of its plan to build a section of North ...
WA 2 mi
The 35 miles of Olympic Discovery Trail sandwiched between Sequim Bay and the Elwha River are considered the trail system's crown jewel. Bounded by a sparkling tidal estuary in the east and a recently ...
WA 34.7 mi Asphalt
The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will one day stretch 126 miles from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. This section of trail is named in memory ...
WA 7.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Pigeon Creek Trail runs along an operating port terminal and users of the trail are are protected from the secured industrial terminal by a fence, which runs along side the trail. You will occassionaly ...
WA 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Railroad Trail through east Bellingham runs for more than 3 miles between the city's Bloedel Donovan Park and Memorial Park, providing an off-road alternative to the cross-town route of Alabama Street. ...
WA 3.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
History lures visitors to the Snohomish County Centennial Trail. Trail users are reminded of old-time river and railroad settlements in the historically preserved storefronts and homes in Snohomish and ...
WA 30.5 mi Asphalt
The South Bay Trail is a tourist's dream and a sweet summer spot for locals. The small city of Bellingham, 20 miles from the Canadian border, lies between 10,781-foot Mount Baker and Bellingham Bay and ...
WA 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Squires Lake Trail offers a short, but scenic, route along a former railroad grade about 13 miles south of Bellingham, the largest city in Whatcom County. The surface is dirt and gravel, but the trail ...
WA 0.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
The State Route 20 Arboreta Trail—also known as the Highway 20 Trail—was developed in the 1970s after a donation of the right-of-way to the City of Burlington by a private citizen. The trail, which is ...
WA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Though relatively short at 3.3 miles, the Tommy Thompson Trail stands tall in the ferry port of Anacortes for its notable 2,000-foot-long paved trestle spanning picturesque Fidalgo Bay. Enjoyed locally ...
WA 3.3 mi Asphalt
Two sections of the Whitehorse Trail, which runs along a former Burlington Northern rail line, are currently open for use. The eastern end of the trail spans nearly 7 miles between Darrington and the historic ...
WA 9.4 mi Ballast, Gravel

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Trails by activity

Bay to Baker Trail (Bellingham)

WA - 1.4 miles

The Bellingham segment of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for 1.4 miles along an abandoned railroad right-of-way between Little Squalicum Park on Bellingham Bay and Northwest Avenue. The trail is sand and ...

Bay to Baker Trail (Everson)

WA - 1.6 miles

The Everson section of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for more than 1.5 miles from the unincorporated community of Strandell to Everson's downtown along an abandoned rail corridor. The trail is adjacent to ...

Cascade Trail

WA - 22.5 miles

The 22.5-mile Cascade Trail—boasting 12 benches, 23 trestles, and two bridges made from repurposed railcars—-follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of northwest ...

Guemes Channel Trail

WA - 1.2 miles

Guemes Channel Trail will link downtown Anacortes, the Tommy Thompson Trail, and the San Juan Ferry. Both trails offer shoreline routes along old rail corridors. The Guemes Channel Trail is currently ...

Accordion

Guemes Channel Trail

WA - 1.2 miles

Guemes Channel Trail will link downtown Anacortes, the Tommy Thompson Trail, and the San Juan Ferry. Both trails offer shoreline routes along old rail corridors. The Guemes Channel Trail is currently ...

Interurban Trail (Bellingham)

WA - 6.7 miles

Spectacular views across Bellingham Bay to the San Juan Islands and beyond reward visitors of this Interurban Trail. All they have to do is find a clearing along the wooded path that runs a fairly level ...

Interurban Trail (North)

WA - 24 miles

The Interurban Trail between Seattle and Everett stitches together a dense residential and commercial patchwork that the original electric railway helped to grow in the early part of the 20th century. ...

Kulshan Creek Trail

WA - 2.9 miles

The Kulshan Creek Trail links Mount Vernon's downtown area with commercial and residential areas. Use the trail to access schools, parks, natural areas and community gardens. The Kulshan Trail runs between ...

Larrabee Trail

WA - 1 miles

The Larrabee Trail in the Fairhaven suburb of Bellingham runs for 1 easy mile over rolling terrain. The trail meanders along Lower Padden Creek from the Port of Bellingham Marine Park by the water treatment ...

Lowell Riverfront Trail

WA - 1.75 miles

The Lowell Riverfront Trail is a multi-use trail located within Rotary Park. The paved trail travels from the park entrance to the north end following the Snohomish River. You can encounter numerous wildlife ...

North Creek Trail

WA - 7.25 miles

The North Creek Trail links the cities of Bothell, Mill Creek and Everett, as well as the communities in between. The trail also provides access to the Sammamish River Trail, which connects to the Rail-Trail ...

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

WA - 34.7 miles

The 35 miles of Olympic Discovery Trail sandwiched between Sequim Bay and the Elwha River are considered the trail system's crown jewel. Bounded by a sparkling tidal estuary in the east and a recently ...

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

WA - 7.3 miles

The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will one day stretch 126 miles from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. This section of trail is named in memory ...

Pigeon Creek Trail

WA - 0.9 miles

The Pigeon Creek Trail runs along an operating port terminal and users of the trail are are protected from the secured industrial terminal by a fence, which runs along side the trail. You will occassionaly ...

Railroad Trail (WA)

WA - 3.5 miles

The Railroad Trail through east Bellingham runs for more than 3 miles between the city's Bloedel Donovan Park and Memorial Park, providing an off-road alternative to the cross-town route of Alabama Street. ...

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

WA - 30.5 miles

History lures visitors to the Snohomish County Centennial Trail. Trail users are reminded of old-time river and railroad settlements in the historically preserved storefronts and homes in Snohomish and ...

South Bay Trail

WA - 2.5 miles

The South Bay Trail is a tourist's dream and a sweet summer spot for locals. The small city of Bellingham, 20 miles from the Canadian border, lies between 10,781-foot Mount Baker and Bellingham Bay and ...

State Route 20 Arboreta Trail

WA - 1.5 miles

The State Route 20 Arboreta Trail—also known as the Highway 20 Trail—was developed in the 1970s after a donation of the right-of-way to the City of Burlington by a private citizen. The trail, which is ...

Tommy Thompson Trail

WA - 3.3 miles

Though relatively short at 3.3 miles, the Tommy Thompson Trail stands tall in the ferry port of Anacortes for its notable 2,000-foot-long paved trestle spanning picturesque Fidalgo Bay. Enjoyed locally ...

Bay to Baker Trail (Bellingham)

WA - 1.4 miles

The Bellingham segment of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for 1.4 miles along an abandoned railroad right-of-way between Little Squalicum Park on Bellingham Bay and Northwest Avenue. The trail is sand and ...

Bay to Baker Trail (Everson)

WA - 1.6 miles

The Everson section of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for more than 1.5 miles from the unincorporated community of Strandell to Everson's downtown along an abandoned rail corridor. The trail is adjacent to ...

Bay to Baker Trail (Maple Falls to Glacier)

WA - 7.5 miles

The Maple Falls to Glacier segment of the Bay to Baker Trail traces the route of the former Bellingham Bay Railroad between two small Washington towns not far from the Canadian border. The trail parallels ...

Cascade Trail

WA - 22.5 miles

The 22.5-mile Cascade Trail—boasting 12 benches, 23 trestles, and two bridges made from repurposed railcars—-follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of northwest ...

Accordion

Cascade Trail

WA - 22.5 miles

The 22.5-mile Cascade Trail—boasting 12 benches, 23 trestles, and two bridges made from repurposed railcars—-follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of northwest ...

Guemes Channel Trail

WA - 1.2 miles

Guemes Channel Trail will link downtown Anacortes, the Tommy Thompson Trail, and the San Juan Ferry. Both trails offer shoreline routes along old rail corridors. The Guemes Channel Trail is currently ...

Hertz Trail

WA - 3.1 miles

The Hertz Trail (also known as the North Lake Whatcom Trail) follows the eastern shoreline of Washington's fourth largest freshwater lake. The relatively flat, fine-gravel pathway traces the former Bellingham ...

Interurban Trail (Bellingham)

WA - 6.7 miles

Spectacular views across Bellingham Bay to the San Juan Islands and beyond reward visitors of this Interurban Trail. All they have to do is find a clearing along the wooded path that runs a fairly level ...

Interurban Trail (North)

WA - 24 miles

The Interurban Trail between Seattle and Everett stitches together a dense residential and commercial patchwork that the original electric railway helped to grow in the early part of the 20th century. ...

Kulshan Creek Trail

WA - 2.9 miles

The Kulshan Creek Trail links Mount Vernon's downtown area with commercial and residential areas. Use the trail to access schools, parks, natural areas and community gardens. The Kulshan Trail runs between ...

Larrabee Trail

WA - 1 miles

The Larrabee Trail in the Fairhaven suburb of Bellingham runs for 1 easy mile over rolling terrain. The trail meanders along Lower Padden Creek from the Port of Bellingham Marine Park by the water treatment ...

Lowell Riverfront Trail

WA - 1.75 miles

The Lowell Riverfront Trail is a multi-use trail located within Rotary Park. The paved trail travels from the park entrance to the north end following the Snohomish River. You can encounter numerous wildlife ...

North Creek Trail

WA - 7.25 miles

The North Creek Trail links the cities of Bothell, Mill Creek and Everett, as well as the communities in between. The trail also provides access to the Sammamish River Trail, which connects to the Rail-Trail ...

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

WA - 34.7 miles

The 35 miles of Olympic Discovery Trail sandwiched between Sequim Bay and the Elwha River are considered the trail system's crown jewel. Bounded by a sparkling tidal estuary in the east and a recently ...

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

WA - 7.3 miles

The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will one day stretch 126 miles from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. This section of trail is named in memory ...

Pigeon Creek Trail

WA - 0.9 miles

The Pigeon Creek Trail runs along an operating port terminal and users of the trail are are protected from the secured industrial terminal by a fence, which runs along side the trail. You will occassionaly ...

Railroad Trail (WA)

WA - 3.5 miles

The Railroad Trail through east Bellingham runs for more than 3 miles between the city's Bloedel Donovan Park and Memorial Park, providing an off-road alternative to the cross-town route of Alabama Street. ...

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

WA - 30.5 miles

History lures visitors to the Snohomish County Centennial Trail. Trail users are reminded of old-time river and railroad settlements in the historically preserved storefronts and homes in Snohomish and ...

South Bay Trail

WA - 2.5 miles

The South Bay Trail is a tourist's dream and a sweet summer spot for locals. The small city of Bellingham, 20 miles from the Canadian border, lies between 10,781-foot Mount Baker and Bellingham Bay and ...

Squires Lake Trail

WA - 0.4 miles

The Squires Lake Trail offers a short, but scenic, route along a former railroad grade about 13 miles south of Bellingham, the largest city in Whatcom County. The surface is dirt and gravel, but the trail ...

State Route 20 Arboreta Trail

WA - 1.5 miles

The State Route 20 Arboreta Trail—also known as the Highway 20 Trail—was developed in the 1970s after a donation of the right-of-way to the City of Burlington by a private citizen. The trail, which is ...

Tommy Thompson Trail

WA - 3.3 miles

Though relatively short at 3.3 miles, the Tommy Thompson Trail stands tall in the ferry port of Anacortes for its notable 2,000-foot-long paved trestle spanning picturesque Fidalgo Bay. Enjoyed locally ...

Whitehorse Trail

WA - 9.4 miles

Two sections of the Whitehorse Trail, which runs along a former Burlington Northern rail line, are currently open for use. The eastern end of the trail spans nearly 7 miles between Darrington and the historic ...

Bay to Baker Trail (Bellingham)

WA - 1.4 miles

The Bellingham segment of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for 1.4 miles along an abandoned railroad right-of-way between Little Squalicum Park on Bellingham Bay and Northwest Avenue. The trail is sand and ...

Bay to Baker Trail (Everson)

WA - 1.6 miles

The Everson section of the Bay to Baker Trail runs for more than 1.5 miles from the unincorporated community of Strandell to Everson's downtown along an abandoned rail corridor. The trail is adjacent to ...

Bay to Baker Trail (Maple Falls to Glacier)

WA - 7.5 miles

The Maple Falls to Glacier segment of the Bay to Baker Trail traces the route of the former Bellingham Bay Railroad between two small Washington towns not far from the Canadian border. The trail parallels ...

Cascade Trail

WA - 22.5 miles

The 22.5-mile Cascade Trail—boasting 12 benches, 23 trestles, and two bridges made from repurposed railcars—-follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of northwest ...

Accordion

Guemes Channel Trail

WA - 1.2 miles

Guemes Channel Trail will link downtown Anacortes, the Tommy Thompson Trail, and the San Juan Ferry. Both trails offer shoreline routes along old rail corridors. The Guemes Channel Trail is currently ...

Hertz Trail

WA - 3.1 miles

The Hertz Trail (also known as the North Lake Whatcom Trail) follows the eastern shoreline of Washington's fourth largest freshwater lake. The relatively flat, fine-gravel pathway traces the former Bellingham ...

Interurban Trail (Bellingham)

WA - 6.7 miles

Spectacular views across Bellingham Bay to the San Juan Islands and beyond reward visitors of this Interurban Trail. All they have to do is find a clearing along the wooded path that runs a fairly level ...

Interurban Trail (North)

WA - 24 miles

The Interurban Trail between Seattle and Everett stitches together a dense residential and commercial patchwork that the original electric railway helped to grow in the early part of the 20th century. ...

Kulshan Creek Trail

WA - 2.9 miles

The Kulshan Creek Trail links Mount Vernon's downtown area with commercial and residential areas. Use the trail to access schools, parks, natural areas and community gardens. The Kulshan Trail runs between ...

Larrabee Trail

WA - 1 miles

The Larrabee Trail in the Fairhaven suburb of Bellingham runs for 1 easy mile over rolling terrain. The trail meanders along Lower Padden Creek from the Port of Bellingham Marine Park by the water treatment ...

Lowell Riverfront Trail

WA - 1.75 miles

The Lowell Riverfront Trail is a multi-use trail located within Rotary Park. The paved trail travels from the park entrance to the north end following the Snohomish River. You can encounter numerous wildlife ...

North Creek Trail

WA - 7.25 miles

The North Creek Trail links the cities of Bothell, Mill Creek and Everett, as well as the communities in between. The trail also provides access to the Sammamish River Trail, which connects to the Rail-Trail ...

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

WA - 34.7 miles

The 35 miles of Olympic Discovery Trail sandwiched between Sequim Bay and the Elwha River are considered the trail system's crown jewel. Bounded by a sparkling tidal estuary in the east and a recently ...

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

WA - 7.3 miles

The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will one day stretch 126 miles from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. This section of trail is named in memory ...

Pigeon Creek Trail

WA - 0.9 miles

The Pigeon Creek Trail runs along an operating port terminal and users of the trail are are protected from the secured industrial terminal by a fence, which runs along side the trail. You will occassionaly ...

Railroad Trail (WA)

WA - 3.5 miles

The Railroad Trail through east Bellingham runs for more than 3 miles between the city's Bloedel Donovan Park and Memorial Park, providing an off-road alternative to the cross-town route of Alabama Street. ...

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

WA - 30.5 miles

History lures visitors to the Snohomish County Centennial Trail. Trail users are reminded of old-time river and railroad settlements in the historically preserved storefronts and homes in Snohomish and ...

South Bay Trail

WA - 2.5 miles

The South Bay Trail is a tourist's dream and a sweet summer spot for locals. The small city of Bellingham, 20 miles from the Canadian border, lies between 10,781-foot Mount Baker and Bellingham Bay and ...

Squires Lake Trail

WA - 0.4 miles

The Squires Lake Trail offers a short, but scenic, route along a former railroad grade about 13 miles south of Bellingham, the largest city in Whatcom County. The surface is dirt and gravel, but the trail ...

State Route 20 Arboreta Trail

WA - 1.5 miles

The State Route 20 Arboreta Trail—also known as the Highway 20 Trail—was developed in the 1970s after a donation of the right-of-way to the City of Burlington by a private citizen. The trail, which is ...

Tommy Thompson Trail

WA - 3.3 miles

Though relatively short at 3.3 miles, the Tommy Thompson Trail stands tall in the ferry port of Anacortes for its notable 2,000-foot-long paved trestle spanning picturesque Fidalgo Bay. Enjoyed locally ...

Whitehorse Trail

WA - 9.4 miles

Two sections of the Whitehorse Trail, which runs along a former Burlington Northern rail line, are currently open for use. The eastern end of the trail spans nearly 7 miles between Darrington and the historic ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

Fantastic trail with beautiful scenery

February, 2017 by mark.whiteside

As a round-trip, this makes a beautiful metric century ride. There is parking at both ends as well as many spots along the way. The trail is wide and in great condition. While the area around Arlington runs along a busy street and through light industrial sections, most of the trail is Royal and quite scenic.

South Bay Trail

review

November, 2016 by scarlette.ander

This is a great open trail that is easy to loop a few times. Also running next to the water is amazing

Lowell Riverfront Trail

Great walking trail, along the river....

September, 2016 by robm3

Nice paved walk way. Views of the river, and the train yard. Plenty of parking and siting benches. A raised walkway over the train tracks connecting the trail to the Lowell neighborhood in Everett. Did not get to walk the entire trail, as I had small children with me, but definitely seems like a return trip is in order!

Accordion

Cascade Trail

another lovely summer ride

August, 2016 by shadsmom

My husband I and started riding from Sedro-Woolley. Part of the trail is paved inside the city limits. Again, we had the trail mostly to ourselves. We rode fat tire bikes and had no difficulty riding the trail surface.We turned around at the bridge over Wiseman Creek,as the trail got a bit rougher and narrower.
Two suggestions: Park on Metcalf near the Police/Fire station.[It is the first street on your right after going under the trestle on Hiway 20] There are public restrooms 1 block away, in downtown.south of the Police station.Secondly, have lunch at Coconut Kenny's in downtown Sedro Wooley. Perfect end to the day!

Whitehorse Trail

TRAILBEAR FINDS TRAFTON – A trailhead on the Whitehorse

August, 2016 by trailbear

8.15.2016

A bit of web searching and Der Bear came up with a trailhead for the Whitehorse – a former farm out at a place called Trafton. After a morning surveying a trail at Langus Park in Everett, amid the sloughs of the Snohomish River, it was time for a change.

The Whitehorse has been on Der Bear’s radar for several years. He had dreams of Arlington at the crossing of two nice trails, the front street lined with ice cream parlors, beer joints, bike stores and fast food emporiums to serve crowds of lycraed up roadies. (What they do in February is another matter which we shall ignore.)

He kept hoping that the county would get to work on it after finishing the Snohomish Centennial. An article on-line from last year suggested they were doing just that – brushing the trail, decking the bridges, rebuilding the section wiped out in the Oso slide and more. Time for a closer look.
So, off to Trafton, wherever that was.

Finding the Trafton Trailhead is a job for the GPS. Enter 48.231807 x -122.07994 on Google Earth or find 115 Ave. NE east of Arlington. Hint: There are two options for 115 Ave. Heading east from Arlington, you first see a sign for it on the right. Ignore this. Continue on a bit and there is another sign for it on the left. Nothing obvious. No signs.

Take this and head down the road until you see a blue silo on the left. You have arrived. Park inside and there is a sign for the trailhead with all the naughties to avoid.

TrailBear parks at the silo and goes limping off to see the trail. Past the barns, down a slope you can see the trail bed crossing a meadow. Limp down to the trail. To the west is a cleared track heading to the junction with the Snohomish Centennial about four miles off. The bridge on this section has been decked. (TB read the review.)

To the east is a new section of compacted gravel trail bed going out of sight around a curve. Bear loves this. If you can’t get blacktop, this is second best and good riding. Too late in the day to do any riding. Der Bear heads for the van. Time to find a bridge and see if it is decked and open.

Some miles further on both Rt. 530 and the Whitehorse cross the Stillaguamish River. Pull over, park, grab camera and take a look. The RR bridge is decked, has railing and is clear to ride. Last time Der Bear checked it out, it was unimproved. Something really is happening.

Head further east, see two more bridges and both show new railings. Wife wants to see the Oso Slide. We go to Oso. Oso looks quite untouched. Turn around for the day a bit further on. A later check of Google Earth shows the Oso Slide is 3.7 miles east of Oso and further by road. Next time.
They have to build a mile of new trail here.

TrailBear will return and spend the day seeing what they have done with the Whitehorse. Will it be ridable next summer. Stay tuned.

Whitehorse Trail

Arlington to Trafton Bridge

July, 2016 by dncompton

I always checkout the access to the Whitehorse Trail from Arlington when we ride the Centennial, and wonder what its like. I was out there last week and finally rode it.

First of all you will need a mountain bike, air the tires down, and lower the post. There is a lot of gravel/ballast and you may need to walk some portions. The first .4 mile is all gravel, then there are a lot of grass or compact soil sections, broken up the the gravel ones. But I did ride the 3 miles to the bridge which is open and decked for bikes. The trail is open as far as I could see there, but I stopped at the bridge.

The county has brushed out the trail, nevertheless there are blackberries growing back in places.

But the trail is beautiful and I'm excited for it to open. This portion follows the river and offers river and mountain views and some limited access to the water. I enjoyed the river and solitude and even saw a pair of deer. Check it out!

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

Fabulous Ride

July, 2016 by joally

Great trail for a long training ride. We went on a partly sunny day and it was busy between Snonohimish and Lake Stevens. After that it was fairly quiet. You can really relax and enjoy the scenery and the ride. Altho similar in grade to the Burke Gilman it is a very different experience, less populated and more scenic.

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

Railroad Bridge Park Trestle Open

May, 2016 by wyattrj

The Railroad bridge is now completely open and in great shape.

Interurban Trail (North)

bad bad bad

April, 2016 by 2015585

oh lord, this was a bad idea to ride on this trail… it was very scary and had some not ok eople on it. i did not feel safe the whole entire time.

North Creek Trail

North Creek to U of W or Gas Work Park

April, 2016 by b777todd

There are two good ways to get to Gas Works Park from Everett area. Interurban North Trail or North Creek Trail. Both are very interesting rides. Start at Everett Mall or McCollum Park and Ride. This trail is less hilly and has much fewer traffic crossings than Interurban Trail. It is surprisingly scenic along the North Creek, through Mill Creek and all the way to Bothell. Very few bikes on this section. The ride down SR 527 in busy traffic to connect both sections goes pretty fast and is slightly downhill. Good food options along here. Check maps carefully. This trail connects to Sammamish River Trail and then to Burke Gilman Trail so you will ride right by U of W. Gas Works Park is also a good destination. This is around 30 miles total. Catch the 860 bus at Stevens Way at U of W for a bus ride back to McCollum Park and Ride. Little known secret. 5 stars once they connect the trails.

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

Dungeness trestle reopened

January, 2016 by barnacle9

Just to let people know, the permanent trestle replacement at Railroad Bridge park in Sequim has been mostly completed and reopened to the public. Ongoing work on the ramp leading to the Truss section will probably require a brief re-closure in February to replace the wooden deck with concrete. As much preliminary work as possible is being done with the bridge open, so it is hoped that the closure in February will be short.

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

Gorgeous in every way

October, 2015 by bjhedahl

Wonderful views, and a little urban too. Have been mostly on the eastern end; Sequim to Blyn. Even when you are not on a "trail", the shoulders a generous and people are mostly polite. Very little hills!!

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