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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

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

Kulshan Creek Trail

2.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Larrabee Trail

1 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

7.3 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone

Padilla Bay Shore Trail

2.2 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...
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...
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...
WA 22.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
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...
WA 3.1 mi Gravel
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...
WA 6.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
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...
WA 1 mi Crushed Stone
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...
WA 7.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Padilla Bay Shore Trail offers a paved route of just over 2 miles atop a dike along the Padilla Bay in Northwest Washington. Adventurers will enjoy the scenic natural setting only about 70 miles...
WA 2.2 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
WA 9.4 mi Ballast, Gravel

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Padilla Bay Shore Trail

WA - 2.2 miles

The Padilla Bay Shore Trail offers a paved route of just over 2 miles atop a dike along the Padilla Bay in Northwest Washington. Adventurers will enjoy the scenic natural setting only about 70 miles...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Padilla Bay Shore Trail

WA - 2.2 miles

The Padilla Bay Shore Trail offers a paved route of just over 2 miles atop a dike along the Padilla Bay in Northwest Washington. Adventurers will enjoy the scenic natural setting only about 70 miles...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

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...

Padilla Bay Shore Trail

WA - 2.2 miles

The Padilla Bay Shore Trail offers a paved route of just over 2 miles atop a dike along the Padilla Bay in Northwest Washington. Adventurers will enjoy the scenic natural setting only about 70 miles...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Guemes Channel Trail

Guemes Channel Trail

March, 2018 by javajudy

This is a lovely paved trail that hugs the shoreline along Guemes Channel where large ferries regularly ply the waters between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. The views are outstanding and the trail is accessible year round. Make a right turn off Highway 20 directly through the San Juan Passage housing development downhill to reach trailhead parking along the water. The trail goes east about 1.2 miles toward the city of Anacortes with plans for eventual completion all the way to city center. This same parking area also serves the Ship Harbor Trail which runs westward toward the WA State ferry terminal. If you get the yen to go to Guemes Island there is a small Skagit County ferry that makes regular 5-minute crossings from downtown Anacortes.

Whitehorse Trail

Short ride down Whitehorse Trail

March, 2018 by rebrab

3/12/2018

Starting at the western end of Whitehorse, branching off the Centennial Trail, I rode about a mile before hitting a landslide blocking the trail. Looking at the tangle of large trees and mud in front of me, I decided I'd rather not try to get past it and risk having the whole mass continue into the river, with me on top of it. So ended my first Whitehorse Trial trip.

The trail in this section has not yet been resurfaced, so it still has the old railroad ballast. It was a little tiring to slog through, but the short section of the trail I did get to ride was quite enjoyable. This looks like it will be a beautiful ride, once they complete the trail.

Cascade Trail

Trail west of Concrete

September, 2017 by james.houston1

As of Sept 4, 2017 the landslide blocking the trail west of Concrete had still not been cleared. Try as we might we were unable to find a trailhead with a portapotty in the vicinity of Challenger Crossing. There's supposed to be one there.

Accordion

Cascade Trail

Alot of downside

August, 2017 by jeffowens507

The trail is quite flat and the scenery is lovely, so for those two key elements it is an excellent trail. But the surface condition is so bad that it detracts from the enjoyment. It would take very little effort to correct most of these problems. Maintenance on this county trail seems to entail throwing down piles of loose gravel. Even the widest tires will sink into loose pea gravel with no stone dust, so you have to be constantly alert to these wide areas. It doesn't help that these areas occur more frequently at road crossings. Also, the barricades at road crossings are unneccessarily enormous and positioned in a way that you cannot easily get around them. riding around the outside can be done at alot of them, but it's not consistent. The barricades could be unlocked and opened just a little more so a cyclist could ride through, while still blocking road traffic. As it is, there are too many crossings to have to stop and walk through 2 of these at every side street. The area at mile 4.8, near Minker Creek, is abominable. The ladt straw for us was how rough the trail got as we approached Hamilton. We finally gave up and turned around before we got to town. We typically ride 12 to 14 mph on good stone trails, but we were reduced to 8 mph for this trail.

Cascade Trail

update on trail/landslide

July, 2017 by shadsmom

talked with a Skagit Parks employee last week, and he said that the landslide blocking the trail west of Concrete is due to be removed in the next week or two

South Bay Trail

The South Bay Trail

July, 2017 by dpad31

I really enjoyed this bike trail; It has a breathtaking view and my bike ride was refreshing! The trail was short but I biked it twice. I can't wait to go again!

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

Larry Scott - out and back

July, 2017 by adsaxs

We began the trail at the Port Townsend waterfront behind the boatyard. We cycled the entire trail – out and back. The trail is about 7.3 miles one way.

The trail width varies but most of it is narrow. The widest parts of the trail are along easements adjacent to private land since the trail also doubles as someone’s driveway. At about mile 6, the trail gets very narrow and is actually a footpath through the woods for a short distance to Discovery Road. Once you cross Discovery Road, there is a short but steep uphill to the end at Milo Curry trailhead.

Contrary to some articles written about the trail, the trail is primarily packed dirt or crushed stone – no asphalt. The only section of the trail that is paved is the underpass under Discovery Road and Highway 20.

There are three trailheads – Port Townsend Waterfront, Cape George, and the newest trailhead at 7.3 miles called Milo Curry. There is no water on the trail but there are porta-potties at each trailhead.

I would certainly recommend this trail. It has a lot of variety from views of the water at the beginning to rural-like settings towards the end.

Kulshan Creek Trail

Hard to follow

June, 2017 by lisathurm

I think without this map it would have been hard to follow this trail when it is on the surface streets. While the trail is in the green belt it is a nice afternoon walk.

Cascade Trail

Late Spring ride

May, 2017 by shadsmom

Rode this trail over Memorial Day weekend. The weather was lovely, but sadly the trail was blocked about 1/2 mile east of Challenger Rd. There was a landslide and a large tree is blocking the trail. You can't go over ,under or around the tree. Apparently, you can ride up Challenger Rd and get back on the trail. Check a map, before you. do this. Trail needs a bit of cleanup. lots of horse pucks in the middle of the trail.

Snohomish County Centennial Trail

My Birthday Year Ride

May, 2017 by gjswitek

Did the entire trail in both directions plus the extra six miles to match my age of 67. It was a wonderful experience, relatively quiet even when the trail ran adjacent to roads. Loved the scenery, met some very nice people, and the discovery of Nutty's Junk Yard and Grill was worth the 20 mile ride to get there. The deep fried mushrooms and burger did a great job of replacing the calories I burned on the ride. The northbound leg was a bit slower than coming back south so I would recommend starting in Snohomish. Would definitely ride this trail again.

Cascade Trail

A bit rough

April, 2017 by pocoken

My wife and I recently rode this trail and found a little too rough for cyclo cross bikes the scenery was indeed spectacular but switched over to SR20 on the way back which was much better. The road has a nice wide shoulder and we felt safe.i would imagine that horseback riding or cross country skiing would be much better. When in Sedro Woolley you should pop in to the market store on Metcalfe street. They have a little bit of everything

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.

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