Biking Getaways

By Stacey Reynolds

Taylor Dock

Bicyclist riding along Boulevard Park trail

Whatcom County: South Bay Trail

Stretching 3.7 km (2.3 mi.) from Fairhaven to downtown Bellingham, the South Bay Trail is the perfect family biking excursion. Fairhaven Bike and Ski rents bicycles right at the trailhead. The gravel trail leads to Taylor Dock and the long boardwalk connecting Fairhaven to Boulevard Park. The views are incredible on a sunny day: calm blue waters, flecks of white sailboats, and the rolling San Juan islands frame the quintessential Bellingham vista. Make sure to take a break on one of the park benches lined along the boardwalk to absorb the sights and smells of the sea. The trail ends at Boulevard Park, with a playground for the kids and Woods Coffee for the grown-ups, capping off the perfect family bike-ride.

Fairhaven Bike and Ski
1108 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 733-4433

Skagit County Anacortes

Skagit County: Tommy Thompson Trail

Another beautiful bay view bike ride is Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes, WA. With a mixture of pavement and a boardwalk, the trail is a smooth 5.2 km (3.2 mi.), making it perfect for bikers of all ages. Following the corridor of the abandoned Burlington Northern Railway, the trail offers multiple park benches so you can rest and take in picturesque Fidalgo Bay with Mount Baker serving as backdrop. You might even spot pieces of the old forgotten railroad along the way. The trailhead is just two blocks away from Skagit Cycle Center—you can park at the shop and cycle directly to the trail.

Skagit Cycle Center
1620 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 588-8776

Snohomish County

Snohomish County: The Centennial Trail

This trail has a lot to offer. Connecting Snohomish, WA, to Bryant, WA, the trail boasts 48 kilometres (30 miles) of smooth pavement through the wooded farmland of Snohomish County. While every spot on this trail is incredible, we recommend the Lake Stevens access point. Head north 6.4 km (4 mi.) for scenic views of Mount Pilchuck until you reach Lake Cassidy, where picnic tables and soft grass provide the perfect spot for lunch. If you want to add a few extra miles, begin your ride in Snohomish, WA. Snohomish Bicycles is a few blocks from the Centennial Trail, and starting here offers a longer ride up to Lake Stevens. You really can’t go wrong with this trail—the views of Snohomish County are spectacular from every starting point.

Snohomish Bicycles – Lake Stevens
Frontier Village Shopping Center
517 C State Route 9 Northeast
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
(425) 322 – 5554

Snohomish Bicycle – Downtown Snohomish
1007 1st Street
Snohomish, WA 98290
(360) 862 – 8300

Lopez Island sunset with bicycle

San Juan County: Lopez Island

Of the four most accessible islands in the San Juans, Lopez is the best biking spot for families. Being the least hilly of the islands, though not completely flat, makes it a rewarding ride. Not to mention the views—the sights from the San Juan island are a must for any authentic Pacific Northwest experience. Parents should note that nearly all cycling happens on the road; however, island traffic is much slower and cars are accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists. With multiple places to stop for lunch, Lopez Island is perfect for an afternoon ride or a full-day adventure. Village Cycles even offers guided bike tours—organic lunch included!

Village Cycles
9 Old Post Road
Lopez Island, WA 98261
(360) 468-4013

Lopez Bicycle Works (Open May though September)
2847 Fisherman Bay Road
Lopez Island, WA 98261
(360) 468-2847

Island County_Whidbey Island

Island County: Ebey State Park and Kettle Trails

Biking on Whidbey Island is for the experienced family. The best cycling lies in Coupeville, WA, at Ebey State Park, located on the west side of the island. Decent trails wind throughout the park, but the Kettle Trails System offers the best cycling. These dirt and gravel trails gently twist through lightly wooded areas with occasional pavement. The labyrinth of bike paths seems to be suited for a variety of riders, from street to mountain biking. There are limited bike rentals on the island, making Skagit Cycle in Burlington, WA the ideal place to snag your wheels. The drive itself is an adventure, requiring a trip across the bridge at Deception Pass. Overall, Island County cycling has trails suited for the entire family, not to mention incredible views.

Half Link Bicycle Shop (adult bikes only)
5603 Bayview Rd
Langley, WA 98260
(360) 331-7980

Skagit Cycle Center
1620 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 588-8776

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