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Length
Surfaces
Type

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

22 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Cascade Trail

22.9 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Cedar River Trail

17.4 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Centennial Trail (WA)

30 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Cowiche Canyon Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Fish Lake Trail

9.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Green River Trail

19.6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Green-to-Cedar Rivers Trail

3.75 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Issaquah-Preston Trail

4.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

236.46 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Sand

Railroad Trail

3.5 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

31.3 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Soos Creek Trail

6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Wallace Falls Railway Trail

3.7 mi
State: WA
Dirt

Yakima Greenway

22.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail

14 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Bill Chipman Palouse Trail

7.1 mi
State: ID, WA
Asphalt

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

7.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Coal Mines Trail

4.7 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Colfax Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Dirt

Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

130 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

East Lake Sammamish Trail

11 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Ferry County Rail Trail

25 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Golden Tiger Pathway

5.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Greenbelt Trail (WA)

7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

I-205 Multi-Use Path

17.4 mi
State: OR, WA
Asphalt

Keene Road Trail

6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Klickitat Trail

29.6 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway

14 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

6.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Whitehorse Regional Trail

26.6 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Gravel

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

56 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

City of Snoqualmie Centennial Trail

0.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail

17 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Necklace Valley Trail

7.5 mi
State: WA
Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 22 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. The trail begins north of Wenatchee in Lincoln Rock...
WA 22 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview  The Cascade Trail runs for 23 miles between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete and follows the Skagit River as it parallels State Route 20 into the Cascade foothills of northwest Washington....
WA 22.9 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Cedar River Trail follows the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad corridor on a straight, flat shot out of the sprawling Seattle metro area and into the rural...
WA 17.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
History lures visitors to the Centennial Trail. Trail users are reminded of old-time river and railroad settlements in the historically preserved storefronts and homes in Snohomish and Arlington....
WA 30 mi Asphalt
The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the...
WA 3 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Fish Lake Trail leaves West Spokane and runs south through open forest to reach Queen Lucas Lake, which is 1.5 miles north of the trail's ultimate planned destination, Fish Lake Regional Park....
WA 9.3 mi Asphalt
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Green River Trail currently stretches nearly 20 miles through the industrial heart of the Green River Valley from the southern suburbs of Seattle to Kent, connecting to a number of neighborhoods...
WA 19.6 mi Asphalt
The Green-to-Cedar Rivers Trail is an extension of the Cedar River Trail, which heads south from Witte Road where the two trails intersect. The Green-to-Cedar Rivers Trail passes through Lake...
WA 3.75 mi Gravel
Suburban sprawl gives way to deep forest and rural farm lots as this rail-trail follows an uphill grade from Issaquah to the outskirts of Preston. The Issaquah–Preston Trail is among a group of trails...
WA 4.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Closure Notice: As of April 2023, the trail is effectively closed between Texas Lake Road (east of Revere) and Rosalia due to the damage caused by the Babb Fire, construction, and gaps in the route...
WA 236.46 mi Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Sand
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
Overview The Snoqualmie Valley Trail rolls from verdant dairy land in the north to a clear blue mountain lake in the south. Along the way, travelers are treated to numerous trestle crossings,...
WA 31.3 mi Gravel
The Soos Creek Trail travels through heavily wooded forest on a north-south route spanning the eastern edge of the Seattle suburb of Kent. Following the path of its namesake creek, the trail begins...
WA 6 mi Asphalt
The Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail presents views of rapids and waterfalls on its 37.9-mile snaky run from the Idaho border through downtown Spokane to the rocky canyons west of town. As...
WA 39.7 mi Asphalt
Located in the Cascade foothills near the town of Gold Bar, the Wallace Falls Railway Trail (Railroad Grade) climbs 2.5 miles to meet a separate, 1.5-mile riverside ascent to Wallace Falls. The...
WA 3.7 mi Dirt
Central Washington's Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and...
WA 22.9 mi Asphalt
The 14-mile Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail travels through the rural towns of Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino on a paved route through agricultural areas, forests, and wetlands. Commuters can access Olympia,...
WA 14 mi Asphalt
The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail stretches 7.1 miles through the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse region, offering a convenient, paved connection between Washington State University and the...
ID, WA 7.1 mi Asphalt
The scenic Burnt Bridge Creek Trail meanders through Vancouver, Washington, along the creek from Stewart Glen on the shores of Vancouver Lake to Meadowbrook Marsh. Along the way, the trail passes...
WA 7.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion
The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The...
WA 4.7 mi Gravel
The Colfax Trail follows an abandoned rail corridor, which snakes along the river northwest of the town of Colfax. Along the way you'll likely see wildlife in the surrounding Palouse hills and the...
WA 3 mi Dirt
As of late 2011 the Columbia Plateau Trail State Park has developed 38 miles in two segments between Fish Lake near Cheney and Martin Road near Sprague, and between Ice Harbor Dam near the Tri-Cities...
WA 130 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The East Lake Sammamish Trail is an important link in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, a 1.5 million–acre landscape stretching from Seattle to Central Washington. Its origins hail from the Seattle,...
WA 11 mi Asphalt
The Ferry County Rail Trail runs between the communities of Republic and Danville at the Canadian border in northeast Washington. It follows the former corridor of the Great Northern Railway. The...
WA 25 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Golden Tiger Pathway offers a 5.5-mile route in the community of Republic in northeast Washington. In addition to walking and biking, it's open to motorized ATV use. The Great Northern Railroad...
WA 5.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Greenbelt Trail is one of two trails connected by two bridges on two rivers in two states. The Greenbelt Trail runs up the Snake River between the cities of Clarkston and Asotin in Washington....
WA 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The I-205 Multi-Use Path spans 18.5 miles through five cities and 15 neighborhoods along Interstate 205 and the TriMet MAX Green Line light rail service.  Although the trail parallels...
OR, WA 17.4 mi Asphalt
The Keene Road Trail is a 12-foot-wide asphalt path occupying the old Union Pacific right-of-way adjacent to Keene Road. The trail runs between Bellerive Drive and S. Highlands Boulevard.
WA 6 mi Asphalt
Discover a rare trail adventure in the hills of southern Washington as you traverse a remote canyon and a National Scenic Area, as well as 11 miles of nationally designated Wild and Scenic River,...
WA 29.6 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Lower Yakima Valley Pathway offers trail users the opportunity to experience great wines (produced from grapes grown in the area's rich volcanic-ash soil), interesting shops, and local hospitality...
WA 14 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: Bridge #2 along the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail, located about 0.75 miles east of Lake Alice Rd. trailhead has been closed since 2022 for repairs. It is expected to reopen sometime in...
WA 6.5 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: Between the Centennial Trail (western endpoint) and the Trafton trailhead and just east of 435th street in Darrington are closed as of September 11th, 2023 due to washouts. See...
WA 26.6 mi Ballast, Gravel
An adventure awaits those who tackle all, or part, of the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills State Park Trail in southwestern Washington. The former Northern Pacific Railway line rolls through remote farm and...
WA 56 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
Snoqualimie's half-mile, paved trail runs parallel to railroad tracks and SR 202 through downtown. The scenic trail provides a nice break for a short walk or ride. The city's trail also meets...
WA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail is open to hikers and horseback riders. The trail can be difficult to navigate in places, since other trails link with it (some unmaintained). There are a few...
WA 17 mi Dirt, Gravel
From Mt. Baker-Snoqualamie National Forest: The first 1.5 miles of the trail follows an old railroad grade, then enters Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Once crossing the river at milepost 5.0, the trail...
WA 7.5 mi Dirt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Cedar River Trail

Nice Ride

June, 2024 by mcgeeutahadr

Nice real pretty ride on gravel and paved trail. It’s slightly downhill headed west from Landsburg Patk, but hardly noticeable. You run along the Maple Valley highway at about mile 7, so it’s not as pretty.

Cedar River Trail

Great segment from Landsburg

June, 2024 by dbarkovic

Started at Landsburg and stopped at Cascadia Pizza right on the trail. 5mi one way. Perfect segment in nature with the rustling Cedar River next to us. I think the trail aligns with the highway right after this point and gets less interesting. Definitely recommend this segment.

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway on a Recumbent Trike

May, 2024 by ratrat4563

I have thought long and hard about this trail/pathway but finally decided to tell the brutal truth. I had seen this trail over the 20 years I have lived here but never taken the effort to ride its length until yesterday. The weather was not a problem as the temperature was in the high 60’s and there was very little wind with no cloud cover, sunscreen was mandatory in these conditions.

The one positive for this trail is that it is generally level with little or no ups and downs.

If you’re looking for a route with beautiful river views or forested byways, then this is not a route for you. The views on this route are of distant hills which are not forested and agricultural land growing crops and raising livestock which brings about pollen issues for some and the unpleasant smells associated with agriculture. The trail has zero markers indicating directions, I had to use the map feature on my phone to locate the trail after passing through the downtown area of Grandview. Additionally, there are zero public facilities along its entire length so take plenty of water. In the urban areas you can find fast-food locations and several small local restaurants which may let you use their facilities.

The trail is in two counties; Benton and Yakima, and three cities; Proser, Grandview, Sunnyside and it is easy to tell when you have crossed from one area of responsibility to another. The trail surface in Prosser is fairly smooth and vegetation free and transitions to a Benton County section has lots of cracks in the pavement which have been sealed but still have gaps which affect the ride however, there was no vegetation growing in them. Grandview has a small section of the trail on each end and to get between these two points entails having to travel on Wine Country Road (the major thoroughfare) for approximately 1.4 miles. What trail sections which are within Grandview are fairly well maintained. Between Grandview and Sunnyside the trail is in Yakima County and could see some maintenance, like the Benton County section there are lots of cracks in the pavement, but they have not seen any sealer and thus have unmaintained vegetation growing through them (this is evident when you pass the Kubota tractor dealer on your right as you approach Sunnyside when the errant vegetation is gone). The trail in the city of Sunnyside is maintained similarly to Prosser and Grandview.

What this trail needs is one entity to be overall in charge of overseeing its condition and maintenance and able to work with all government entities involved. It needs signage of one type or another to direct users in the correct route instead of making them fumble to find their way. Restroom facilities would also be of great help for users while water may be a bigger problem as this area of Washington state is rather arid as the average rainfall is less than 15 inches. The agriculture in the area depends heavily on irrigation networks to bring water to the farms.

I started at the Prosser end and rode to the Sunnyside end and back. Starting in Prosser there is no designated trail parking, and you will have to find street parking. The actual end of the pathway is not marked so I’ll call it as the intersection of Wine Country Road and Grant Ave. The pathway is on the west side of Wine Country Road and proceeds north across the Yakima River, trail travels in a north westerly direction overall. About a block past the bridge on your left will be Chukar Cherries, a local business which specializes in coated cherries and nuts (primarily chocolate) and they usually have samples available. The pathway continues north past the local airport on your left until you reach the first cross street, Old Inland Empire Highway, which has a crosswalk but no signals. A short distance later you will come to the intersection of Gap Road and Wine Country Road, cross Gap Road (once again a cross walk but no signals). Continue north past the Love’s Truck stop taking care when crossing both of their entrances (one for cars and one for trucks).

You are now into the rural area of the county and the pathway goes in a northerly direction for about a ½ mile the pathway crosses to the other side of Wine Country Road, no crosswalk, no signals so use care. The pathway is in need of maintenance as there are lots of cracks in the surface which have been sealed at some point in time but could use attention as you can feel everyone as you ride over it. About ¼ mile you come to Johnson Road, once again the story on this route no cross walk or signals as we are out of the populated areas. The pathway veers to the right and down to pass under the rail bridge and then back up to the level of Wine Country Road. The path continues to parallel Wine Country Road until you come to an Irrigation canal where the pathway turns to the right for a short distance and then back to the left and you cross the canal on a small bridge. About 1.3 miles and you cross a small rural road, Williams Road, and continue north as you pass the WDOT/WSP truck scales and inspection station on your right. If you look to your left, there is a very good chance that you will see a crop growing on lines strung from other lines between tall posts. If you drink beer there is a very good chance this is where the Hops used in its brewing process is grown (Washington grows roughly 69% of Hops in the USA with the Yakima valley producing the majority of that).

In approximately 2 miles you will come to the intersection of Wine Country Road and McCreadie Road, the cars travel through a roundabout and there is a crosswalk for the pathway on McCreadie Road but no signals. In a very short distance, you will cross an irrigation Canal and then enter a small park with a rose garden. At the other end of the park the pathway ends, and you are on Wine Country Road, travel west using the bike lane where available, I found traffic to be moderate. After about 1.2 miles you will reach the intersection of Wine Country Road, 4th Street, and Euclid Street (there is a drive-thru coffee stand on 4th Street as a reference point). You will want to cross to the other side of Wine Country Road and cross Euclid Street to get back onto the pathway, there is a light and crosswalk to assist getting across the intersection.

Once on the pathway, travel through a small parking lot (could be used as a trailhead although not marked as such with signage), continue in a northwest direction for approximately ½ mile and you will approach an unnamed intersection with a crosswalk and signal (to the right leads to I-82 on and off ramps). Once again when you get a little further along on the pathway you leave the urban area and enter into the rural county area and it is noticeable on the pathway from the needed maintenance. Almost every crack in the pavement from here to the point where the city of Sunnyside takes over maintenance had large clumps of vegetation growing in them. The road next to the pathway has now changed names from Wine Country Road to Yakima Valley Highway. After a little under 2 miles you cross Tear Road, no crosswalk or signal and continue for approximately 2.3 miles to Waneta Road. Waneta Road is the south/east I-82 access to Sunnyside and can be rather busy, there is a crosswalk and signals to help you get through the intersection. In just under ½ mile (Walmart on your left) you will reach Lincoln Road which has a crosswalk and signal to help you cross. In another ½ mile you will come to Edison Avenue (crosswalk and signal) and after crossing Edison Avenue it is only a short ¼ mile to the north/west end of the pathway where there is a small parking lot for use by users of the pathway (once again no signage).

The return journey is a reverse route back to Prosser, where you can stop at Chukar Cherries and try a sample or two as your personnel reward for enduring the trip.

Accordion

Klickitat Trail

Rough beauty, cows and poop...loved it!

May, 2024 by rotim

On a beautiful mid-May day I set off with a group of four experienced road cyclist but gravel newbies all around age 60. Two of us were riding Pedigo Avenue electrics and two traditional borrowed mountain bikes. The trail alternates between smooth gravel/grass to large rocks, ruts, mud, gates and kind of a hiking trail feel. We made it to Klickitat for lunch but the traditional cyclist were tired and wanted to turn back.
The trail is much rougher than typical rail-to-trails I've been on (Crown Zellerbach, Banks-Vernonia, Olympic Discovery), but I loved the challenge, getting rattled, dealing with cows and poop, but especially the beautiful river views. Can't wait to go back and do the whole trail.

Richland Riverfront Trail

Update on my previous review

May, 2024 by ratrat4563

As you may have noticed my least favorite portion of this trail is just north of Howard Amon Park when the trail goes up onto the levee. The trail surface is in bad shape from uplifting asphalt and hazardous to all users. Good news, the city of Richland just announced that this summer (2024) they are going to be closing this section of the trail and will provide signage for a detour while they completely redo this section to address the problems. Additionally this past winter a section of the trail just north of Sprout Road (near the WSU Tri-Cities campus) washed out and will be closed and repaired in the same time frame, detours are also to be provided.

Pacific Way Trail

Behind our house

May, 2024 by bt9d499bs5

We walk and bike this trail often. Made a 15 mile loop by riding the trail and then riding around Lake Sacajawea. You see ducks, turtles, herons, and nutrias.

Centennial Trail (WA)

Snohomish Centennial Trail

May, 2024 by surfintrekie_tl

I rented a bike from the Snohomish Bike shop on Pine Ave. The shop is right next to the trail. I cycled the trail to the end at Nakashima Heritage Barn North Trailhead, about 29 miles from the bike shop, I cycled back to Snohomish. there are lots of trailheads all have either a restroom or a portapotty. However, none of the drinking fountains were working, the bike shop rent a bike only had one water bottle cage. In Arlington there is an art walk and a nice coffee stop. my ride ended at 62.6 miles. A bucket list ride

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

perhaps one of the best trail in the western US

April, 2024 by fgladics

Many people rave about the Bank Vernonia trail in north west Oregon. This trail put any of the Oregon Trails to shame. It is smooth and well maintained. It has a vanity of terrain and sufficient undulations to keep any rider entertained. The river vistas are pleasant and other than.one short stretch past a sewage treatment plant, I found this trail rank amongst the top five I have ever rode. Including trails in the eastern, Intermountain and far western US. There are a number of short 6 degree slopes the novice rides may be intimidated by. slopes.

Golden Tiger Pathway

It's a lovely little trail but the paved section is very short with wonderful views of the valleys and mountains around you

April, 2024 by urbanmetalartist

It's a lovely little trail but the paved section is very short with wonderful views of the valleys and mountains around you

Foothills Trail (WA)

Spiketon Bridge

March, 2024 by sgrimmlied7

Spiketon Bridge is closed three miles out of Buckley….so disappointing! We saw no notifications about disclosure anywhere.

Appleway Trail

Amazing adventure

March, 2024 by hembreerc

Beautiful, no homeless, gang tags, excessive graffiti or garbage. Pure nature at its best!

Liberty Lake Stateline Trail

Amazing adventure

March, 2024 by hembreerc

Beautiful, no homeless, gang tags, excessive graffiti or garbage. Pure nature at its best!

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