Welcome to the Seattle Met beta. Please email us with issues or feedback!

Castle Rock

Some 1,600 riders will take off from Toutle in the Tour de Blast on June 23, snaking 82 miles up and back the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway on the north flank of Mount St. Helens. The Plains of Abraham trail on the mountain’s southeast side is an off-road peek at the still-blasted blast zone, and nearby Castle Rock offers modest hotels for those who find camping to be just a little too much of the out-of-doors for one trip.

Lopez Island

Though any of the San Juans provide bike-ready bucolic landscape, Lopez is especially ideal—the flattest of the island chain also has the fewest cars with which to share the road. Lopez Bicycle Works (lopezbicycleworks.com) is a shed-size cycle depot a few miles from the ferry terminal—the shop, like the hippie lifestyle that dominates on Lopez, dates back to the ’70s.



Mountain bikers have 100 miles of trails to explore in Colville National Forest near Washington’s northeast corner, including the well-loved Kettle Crest path. Stay on the few paved roads to leave the historic mining town Republic for ghost towns or fossil sites. At scenic fishing spot Swan Lake, the Fall Mountain Bike Fest on September 29 and 30 offers demos, rides, and free tandem bike rentals.



There are interpretive signs and Columbia River views along the 23 miles of the looping Sacagawea Heritage Trail in the Tri-Cities; Richland and its two sisters make for a good home base. Nearby wineries, particularly in the red-hot Red Mountain wine appellation, can be reached by ambitious cyclists, provided one doesn’t taste the vino too heavily.



Two of the five wooden Rendezvous Huts that dot the placid Methow Valley now welcome bikers in the spring and fall shoulder seasons, between when skiers and hikers crowd their wooden bunks. Stop by Methow Cycle and Sport (methowcyclesport.com) in Winthrop for lists of local rides; the staff monitors conditions on road and mountain routes, as well as gravel wilderness paths that combine the best of both.

This article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

Show Comments

More in Bicycle Trips, Trails, and Gear

0612 opener bikes w1lq1w

Bicycle Trips, Trails, and Gear

Seattle is hilly, it’s wet, and it’s one of the top-ranked cycle cities in the nation, thanks to our committed commuters and twisting trails. Turns out we love our bikes and the number of pedal pushers grows with every year (and every bump in gas prices).

0612 pavement bikes prp7tm

Bike Routes: On the Pavement

Seattle's best paved bike trails: the Burke-Gilman Trail, East Lake Sammamish Trail, East Marginal Way Trail, I-90 Trail, the Interurban, and Ship Canal Trail.

0612 group rides bikes awbouo

Group Bike Rides

Great cycling clubs: Cascade Bike Club, Cyclists Of Greater Seattle, Native Planet Cycling, Outdoors For All.

0612 off road bikes gjpt6w

Bike Routes: Off Road

Seattle's best off road bike trails: Tiger Mountain, Big Finn Hill and 
Saint Edward Parks, I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park, Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail, South Fork Snoqualmie Area, Tolt Pipeline Trail.

0612 bike gear opener vj9yif

Bike Gear: Head to Toe

Local bike shops share their favorite bike gear.

0612 how to buy bikes zplioq

How to Buy a Bike

Seattle bike experts on how to buy a bike.

0612 pedal pushers bikes q8fame

Pedal Pushers

Colin Stevens, Adonia Lugo, Christy Elton, Brian Nordwall, David Postetter, and Patricia Hansen are shaping Seattle's biking community.

0612 bike war feature pjiu9d

Bike Crashes Along SLU Streetcar Pit Cyclists Against City

When cyclists started wrecking, one after another, on the South Lake Union Streetcar tracks, it looked like the growing pains of a city trying its best to get people out of their cars and into alternate transportation. But then a lawsuit raised questions