Visiting Washington and Interested in Mountain Biking?
Welcome! We at Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance think this is probably one of the best decisions ever (we're completely unbiased). The most common questions that we receive are in regards to where to ride, and where to rent, so look below for a few suggestions. We also have an excellent Trail Guide, which allows you to filter by region, trail difficulty, and grunt factor (how strenous the ride is).
Where to Ride
While there's no shortage of places to ride in Washington, most visitors flying into SeaTac want to stay relatively close to the city. For others looking for a larger multi-day trip, we encourage you to check out the Trail Guide, and the map below offers a few trail highlights.
For mountain biking near Seattle, consider one of the following:
- Big Finn Hill/St Edwards Park - 20 minutes north of Seattle | Twisty, rooty, XC Trails
- Duthie Hill Bike Park - 30 minutes east of Seattle | Skills Park, Kid Friendly, Beginner to Expert level
- Grand Ridge - 30 minutes east of Seattle | Flowy XC Trail connecting to Duthie Hill Bike Park, Beginner level
- Raging River - 35 minutes east of Seattle | Fast, flowy, fun! Beginner to Expert level
- Tiger Mountain - 35 minutes east of Seattle | Technical, Intermediate to Expert level
- Swan Creek - 40 minutes south of Seattle | Skills Park, Beginner to Expert level
- Olallie - 40 minutes east of Seattle | Big climb, fast, flowy descent, Amazing Views! Intermediate level
- Galbraith - 90 minutes north of Seattle | Fast, flowy, technical, trails for all styles and skill levels
Check out Evergreen's Beginner/Intermediate Trail Guide for Puget Sound by clicking on the thumbnail:
Trail highlights throughout the state:
Click on the pins for more info
Where to Rent
Compass Outdoor Adventures: Located in North Bend, Compass Outdoor Adventures rents Santa Cruz, Juliana, Evil and Yeti mountain bikes and also offers a reservation option where they will deliver a rental bike (with helmet) to some nearby trailheads. Compass delivers rentals most often to Duthie Hill Park. Raging River, Olallie and Tiger Mountain are just a 10 minute drive from their downtown North Bend location. Stop back in for a beer after your ride!
Bicycle Adventures: Located in Redmond, Bicycle Adventures offers guided mountain bike tours for a variety of skill levels (rental bikes and meals included). Options in Washington include five day beginner or advanced tours on trails around Leavenworth and a challenging seven day showcase of some of the best backcountry rides in the state!
Progression Cycle: Located in Issaquah, Progression Cycle is riding distance (just 1.5 miles!) from Duthie Hill Bike Park. Visitors can ride from the Progression Cycle parking lot to Duthie or Grand Ridge via paved trails in Klahanie – meaning there's no need for a bike rack! Progression carries a demo fleet from Evil and Yeti. You can make reservations here.
Other bike shops offering a variety of brands for rental or demo:
What to Wear
Washington State has a diverse climate that varies drastically depending on if you're on the west or east side of the Cascade Mountain Range. The west side of the mountains has less extreme temperatures with more rainfall throughout the year than the east side. On the east side, the landscape is more arid and dry. Due to our relatively mild climate, we can typically ride year-round at lower elevations. On an average year, higher elevation rides through alpine singletrack can be accessed beginning in June.
Weather changes quickly in the mountains and an extra windproof layer should always be packed away in your bag!
For more information on areas to ride throughout Washington, visit our regional chapter page.
Have a Good Ride?
Washington State is leading the way when it comes to sustainably building and maintaining vast trail systems for mountain bikers like you to enjoy. The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance works hard to advocate on behalf of riders, but we can't do it alone! Your membership and donations fund fresh trails and help ensure you'll have an awesome new place to check out when you come back for your next visit!
Passes and Permits
To park your car at certain trailheads, it's necessary to have the proper permit/pass. Check out our trail pages to see if a pass is required for where you're going:
- Riding in a Washington State Park? Purchase a Discover Pass.
- Riding on U.S. Forest Service land? Purchase a National Forest Recreation ePass.
We consider ourselves very fortunate in Washington to be able to access our public lands with mountain bikes. While on the trail, please be respectful of other user groups, such as hikers and equestrians, and cooperate with restrictions on private property.