Washington Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail

22 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Bill Chipman Palouse Trail

7.1 mi
State: ID, WA
Asphalt

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

7.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Cascade Trail

22.5 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Cedar River Trail (WA)

15.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

City of Snoqualmie Centennial Trail

0.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

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

Cowiche Canyon Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

East Lake Sammamish Trail

11 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Ferry County Rail Trail

25 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Fish Lake Trail

9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Golden Tiger Pathway

5.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

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

Greenbelt Trail

7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

I-205 Multi-Use Path

18.5 mi
State: OR, WA
Asphalt

Issaquah-Preston Trail

4.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel
Accordion

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

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail

17 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

Necklace Valley Trail

7.5 mi
State: WA
Dirt

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

223.8 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

6.5 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

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

31.7 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Soos Creek Trail

6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Wallace Falls Railway Trail

3.7 mi
State: WA
Dirt

Whitehorse Trail

9.4 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Gravel

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

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

Yakima Greenway

22.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Yelm-Tenino Trail

14 mi
State: WA
Asphalt
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
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
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
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 15.7 mi Asphalt, 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 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 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
Note: Segments of the East Lake Sammamish Trail will be closed for paving and upgrades from June 2021 until late 2023.  A 1.75-mile section between SE 33rd Street and the Mint Grove neighborhood...
WA 11 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Ferry County Rail Trail runs between the communities of Republic and Danville near the Canadian border in northeast Washington. It follows the former corridor of the Great Northern Railway. The...
WA 25 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
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 mi Asphalt
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
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
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
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. In addition, it joins with the 21.5-mile...
OR, WA 18.5 mi Asphalt
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
Accordion
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
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
Closure Notice: The trestle across Lower Crab Creek was destroyed by a fire. This section is closed indefinitely but a  detour is available (see trail map). For updates, please check the Palouse to...
WA 223.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand
The paved Preston-Snoqualmie Trail meanders through the lushly wooded Snoqualmie Valley, connecting the communities of Preston and Snoqualmie which lie east of Seattle. The main trail leaves the...
WA 6.5 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 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, historic towns,...
WA 31.7 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 37.5-mile snaky run from the Idaho border through downtown Spokane to the rocky canyons west of town. As...
WA 37.5 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
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
Closure Notice: A portion of the trail between Adna and Chehalis will be closed starting at the end of April 2021 for approximately one year, due to construction work to install a trail overpass above...
WA 56 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
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-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, Lacey, and...
WA 14 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Olympic Discovery Trail

Port Townsend to Rialto Beach

September, 2021 by kfschmidt2

I recently completed the entire trail, with just a few deviations. For starters, take the bus from Four Corners outside Port Townsend to Discovery Bay (about 6 miles). This avoids a narrow busy section with no shoulders. I also took a loop past Tounge Point and Crescent Bay to get off of highway 112 sooner. Finally, I went to Rialto Beach instead of La Push because the reservation is closed due to covid.

Most of the route is on nicely paved asphalt trails. I camped at Squim Bay Stte park, Fairholme and Mora cpamgrounds in Olympic NP. At Squim Bay, reserve the bike in site, as it is much cheaper than a regular campsite. The best section is past Lake Crescent, one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Fairholme campground does not have an obvious route connecting to the trail. You need to get off the trail several miles before and take the gravel road closer to the lake.

There is about 10 miles on highway 101 that's not great, and a shorter stretch on highway 112, but the rest of the route is great. There is bus service from Forks all the way back to Port Townsend for 3 bucks.

Bayview Trail

Nice trail

September, 2021 by volkeno

This trail now connects to the Centennial Trail right where SR-9 passes over. It goes up the hill in a very nicely landscaped woods, then along a future subdivision before it turns to run along 84th street for a short distance. I think this trail is better for walking than biking because of all the little hills and street crossings, but it has some nice views and is a great way for people in nearby houses to get to the longer Centennial trail. There are a number of park benches and waste cans for dog poop, so I imagine it’s a good dog walking spot too

Sacagawea Heritage Trail

Sacajewea State Park Trail

September, 2021 by mlmcwhorter

First time on this trail. Pretty along the River but I agree with others poorly marked so we did lots of turning around and backtracking. Will definitely do it again but will start further up the line to avoid traffic areas.

Accordion

Olympic Discovery Trail

Spruce Railroad Trail Beauty

September, 2021 by scratssun

August 16, 2021 we rode the Spruce Railroad Trail up and back 21 miles. The beautiful views of Crescent Lake as we rode along the forested paved bike path were spectacular. The weather was a perfect 60 degrees with clear skies. About half the trail goes through gorgeous forest land quite high above the lake where the lake is not visible. A portion of the trail is almost at lake level. Be sure to stop at the Punchbowl and walk a short distance to the bridge. The northeast end of the trail has a nice parking lot. The trail is well maintained. There were quite a few walkers and bikers all enjoying time on the trail. Looking forward to riding this trail again. We also rode a short trail that ended at the double decker bridge and Elwah River--very pretty.

Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail

No trail exist from boulder beach east a few miles and shoulders of the road have glass and debris. Very dangerous during high vehicle traffic times. There is a safer alternative but it is all roads and no trail.

September, 2021 by eddie.wilsonsr

No trail exist from boulder beach east a few miles and shoulders of the road have glass and debris. Very dangerous during high vehicle traffic times. There is a safer alternative but it is all roads and no trail.

Yakima Greenway

Beautiful scenery

September, 2021 by coralmat

The trail is still washed out south of the Arboretum. It’s a little tricky to find the trail at the Arboretum. Nice views of the river. Not too many people.

Eastside Rail Corridor Trail

No Dogs except Service Animals!!!

September, 2021 by sdouglas1126

Beautiful trail and very well maintained park. I started the trail at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Got a little over a mile in and the trail is closed in this end for restructure. I was a little disappointed. Other than that it’s a great trail to walk. Paved and flat. A few slight inclines, but easy enough for people just starting out. It’s a good workout.

Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

The trail is great, the loose substrate is unrideable

September, 2021 by thorskettle

This loose gravel used as a trail substrate makes these trails unpassable by bicycle. The loose gravel is tantamount to attempting to ride a bicycle across a sand dune. The gravel is soft and loose and creates too much friction for a bicycle ride longer than a quarter mile. This is a real shame and potential waste of resources. Trails must be hard packed for decent travel by bicycle. This isn't the only trail with this issue here in Washington. Many sections of the Palouse to the Cascades trail also suffer the same poor choice in trail substrate.

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Be advised of a steep set of stairs. poor signage in some places

September, 2021 by myflotsam

An important detail of the Snoqualmie River Trail is that there is a steep set of stairs (approximately 30 steps) just a few hundred yards South of the town of Snoqualmie. An able-bodied person will be able to lift their bike up or down these stairs, but a 60-70 electric bike will be a difficult lift if the rider is solo (if riding with others two people could lift the electric bikes one at a time). But a set of stairs on a bike trail needs to be pointed out, yes?! Hello! Also, in this same area when heading South the signage is poor (in some cases absent). Otherwise, a beautiful trail, many fantastic bridges, packed gravel/dirt trail surface in very good condition, and not much traffic. Recommended.

Bay to Baker Trail (Maple Falls to Glacier)

Maple Falls to Glacier

September, 2021 by h2oupmynoz

I’d turn back if I were you! Primitive trail overgrown blackberry bramble game trail

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

Great ride from Rattle Snake to the Renslow Trestle

August, 2021 by jamesdeanreeves

This is an awesome ride from the westernmost start at Rattlesnake Ledge all the way to the Renslow Trestle east of Ellensburg.

There's a few miles around Easton where someone in their "infinite wisdom" put the gravel on the trail so heavy that it made riding difficult, but it's doable.

Then there's the sand that the Army spread claiming "habitat restoration" from the Renslow Trestle across the last 20 miles to the Columbia River totally destroys the joy. Right, pure sand... does the Army think this is the Saharan Desert? To me, it seems pretty clear the Army did that in hopes to discourage bikers from crossing that section - you'll need fat tires to have any hope to ride it, and even then it will be a battle.

Cushman Trail

FUN SHORT RIDE FOR E-BIKE RIDERS

August, 2021 by scratssun

Challenging as a first-time user. We found this trail a bit difficult to follow when riding from the north end by Home Depot as there were sections where we were off the trail on city streets and were unfamiliar with the area. We enjoyed the big hills up and the long rides down. However, on the return the trail was much easier to follow. We suggest previewing the map closely before starting. Smooth surface which was great and well maintained!

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