evo’s Top 5 Mountain Bike Trails You Can Reach in Less Than 1-Hour from Seattle
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the PNW and a great excuse to get outside and explore with friends, but also get regular aerobic exercise. That said, it’s hard to go if you don’t know… As such, the crew at the evo Seattle bike store/shop put together a quick list of their favorite mountain bike trails within an hours drive of the city.
Whether you’re into high-adrenaline bike park jump lines, long flowy singletrack, or heart-pounding cross country pedals, there are trails near Seattle for everyone. This amazing bounty of trails is why leading companies like Evil Bikes call the city home. Need a bike? Swing by and grab a demo or mountain bike rental from the industry’s top brands at evo Seattle on your way to the trail!
Alas, without further ado here are evo’s top 5 mountain bike trails less than 1-hour from Seattle:
Time from Seattle: 25 min. [Directions]
Just 30 minutes from Seattle in Issaquah, Duthie Hill Bike Park is arguably the most popular mountain bike destination on our list — and for good reason. With trail options for riders of all abilities, Duthie has 23 trails and a beginner-friendly skills park. Designed around the central clearing, there are flow trails, XC trails, jumps, drops, and balance-challenging ladder bridges. If you’re new to Seattle, this is a great place to check out.
Time from Seattle: 30 min. [Directions]
As one of the newest trail systems in the area, Raging River is also just 30 minutes from Seattle in North Bend. Eastbound on I-90, the trailhead is just off Exit 27 and offers 17 miles of trails with cross country, downhill and freeride options with plans to eventually expand to be a 40 mile system that connects with Tiger Mountain’s trail network. Check this one out and be amongst the first to ride it.
Time from Seattle: 35 min. [Directions]
Tokul is a great mountain bike trail system located just outside of Seattle, between the city of Snoqualmie and Fall City. These trails are typically split into two areas, Tokul West, which is more XC oriented, and the more all-mountain trails of Tokul East. In general, the trails at Tokul East require climbing up logging roads to access fun, technical, and flowy descents. Conversely, Seattle mountain bikers looking for more singletrack and less logging road riding will love Tokul West. The trails at Tokul are located on private property, so a special permit is required for mountain bikers to use this system.
Time from Seattle: 35 min. [Directions]
The PNW mountain biker’s mecca. The trails at Tiger Mountain range from buff climbing trails like the Master Link, to expert rated downhill trails like Predator. The classic Tiger Mountain ride climbs the Master Link and Quick Link trails to the East Tiger Mountain summit, then uses a series of trails to descend back to the car. East Tiger Summit Trail to Off The Grid, the Fully Rigid, Joyride, and Norwest Timber back to the parking lot is the most straightforward way down to make a 10.5 mile loop.
Time from Seattle: 50 min. [Directions]
Roughly 40 minutes from Seattle, Olallie is a trail that offers an experience that mountain bikers of every skill level will enjoy. Several big, sweeping viewpoints, a solid yet manageable climb up, and a fast, yet extremely smooth, and flowy singletrack descent. Regularly maintained and with excellent natural drainage, the Olallie trail is a blast to ride year round.
So now that you know, it’s time to go! Dust off your mountain bike, snap into your bike helmet, and load up your car to go explore some of the best trails less than 1-hour from Seattle. If you’ve discovered that you’re bike needs more TLC than you feel comfortable doing yourself, bring it on in to your local bike shop for service and their experienced bike mechanics will gladly help you out. Want to learn more? Check out evo’s complete Seattle mountain bike trail guide for more mountain bike locations in the Seattle area and beyond.
About The Author: by Asa Redfield
We are evo – a ski, snowboard, mountain bike, surf, wake, and skate retailer based in Seattle, Washington, USA, with stores located in Seattle, Portland, and Denver. We also offer trips to remote locations across the globe in search of world-class powder turns, epic waves, and legendary mountain biking through our evoTrip Adventure Travel Trips.
evo explores the collaboration between culture and sport by seamlessly joining art, music, streetwear, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking and wakeboarding. Our aim is to bring all things relevant to the urban, action sports lifestyle into one creative space. Whether it is on the website, on the phone or in our stores, our aim is to make all who come into contact with evo feel welcome and excited about their experience.