Biking is a popular Waterside pastime for good reason. The region has bike trails for both the whole family and experienced riders. Here are some highlights to pedal through this summer.
Surrey, B.C., home to Crescent Beach is an amazing place to bike. Download the “My Surrey” app for the latest bike route updates. Riding from Crescent Beach to White Rock or vice-versa for lunch will be sure to build up your appetite.
Birch Bay State Park is a great place to bike along the waterfront. Bike to the main strip and stop at The C Shop. Take a break from the ride for a swim or a brief clam dig. Birch Bay State Park is full of activities for the whole family. For more information, go to parks.state.wa.us/170/Birch-Bay.
South Bay Trail stretches from downtown Bellingham through beautiful Boulevard Park, across the Taylor Dock and into Fairhaven. Here you will discover the beauty of Bellingham and Fairhaven. It is a family friendly ride lending itself to breaks for park time and light shopping. You will also begin and end in places full of eateries, shops and activities for the whole family. For a map of this trail, visit cob.org/wp-content/uploads/South-Bay-Trail-Boulevard-Park.pdf.
Looking for more miles, or to get out of town for a couple hours? Head south on the Interurban Trail starting from Fairhaven Park. Besides a couple of gravel ascents and descents, the six-mile-long Interurban offers a straight, flat ride to Larrabee State Park under the Chuckanut evergreen forest canopy. Paralleling the picturesque Chuckanut Drive most of the way there, the trail offers spectacular views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. For more information and a map of the trail, go to whatcomcounty.us/3620/Interurban-Trail.
The Hertz Trail is another beautiful 6.2-mile path outside of Bellingham that edges the east side of Lake Whatcom. Starting near the North Lake Whatcom Trail, which offers an intense climb and descent, the Hertz Trail is certainly the more leisurely option with only a 100-foot elevation gain. Great for walkers and runners as well, there are plenty of spots along the lakeshore to take a refreshing dip in the water. For more information, go to bit.ly/2SyyjDQ
The trails in Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon are 6.5 miles of biking trails and 1.4 miles of road that will prove a faster and smoother ride up the hill. This is a good place to introduce yourself to mountain biking, as the trails are best suited for beginner to intermediate riders. For more information, go to bit.ly/2Ttu7Wa.
Olympic Discover Trail East in Port Townsend is a waterfront trail you won’t regret cruising. The trailhead is a 7.3-mile waterfront trail experience that will lead you through trees and natural beauty, which runs parallel at times to State Route 20. More information can be found at olympicdiscoverytrail.org.
For a more challenging island ride, try Mount Constitution on Orcas Island. It will prove both exhausting and well worth the view. Mount Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. At the crest you will find a stone tower replica of a 12th century Russian watchtower. From the tower, the 360-degree view is extraordinary. For more information, visit moranstatepark.com/mount-constitution.