Get ride on it! Bike Your Park Day 2020

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Whether you like an easy cruise or a downhill adventure like this mountain biker at Larrabee State Park, Washington State Parks has great choices for a ride on Bike Your Park Day.

Sept. 23, 2020

Imagine exploring your favorite state park.

Now imagine exploring your favorite state park...on a bike!

Did you feel that shift? Did your awesome meter just peak? We’re not surprised! Beach cruiser or BMX, recumbent or mountain bike — few transportation modes are simpler and more exciting than cycling. It’s great exercise. Plus, on a bike you get the benefit of speed and an intimate connection with the road, path or trail.

Whether you’re an avid cyclist, or your bike is gathering a bit of dust in the garage, now is the perfect time for a ride! Sept. 25-27 is Bike Travel Weekend and Saturday, Sept. 26, is Bike Your Park Day,  national events sponsored by the Adventure Cycling Association. Bonus: Saturday is also a State Parks free day in honor of National Public Lands Day. That means you won’t need a Discover Pass to park your bike transporter (aka, your car).

Due to COVID-19, Bike Your Park Day will be a little different this year. But you can still participate in virtual events and/or register your ride. Be sure to follow all state, local and parks COVID-19 responsible recreation guidelines to ensure a safe, healthy and fun ride!

Looking for a great ride? Check out these parks and be inspired! We’ve divided the adventures into trails better suited to mountain or fat-tire bikes and those for a road bike.

Smooth Moves

Willapa Hills bridge 2 (2019) -  Chris Brewer

The cruising is easy — and stunning — on the Willapa Hills State Park Trail.

Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail
Long, flat, paved and easy to navigate, the 37-mile Centennial Trail is a great biking adventure for the whole family, no matter what you ride. Bring a camera! The trail parallels the gorgeous tree-lined banks of the Spokane River. Look for great photo ops around every bend, and the Sandifur Memorial Bridge over the river is a spectacular vantage point.

Willapa Hills State Park Trail
Roll the rails! Or at least take a ride where they used to be. Built on the path of a defunct spur of the Northern Pacific Railway, this trail traverses rocky rivers, hearty train bridges and trestles and winds westward through verdant fields toward the mighty Pacific. The first 5 miles west from the Chehalis Trailhead are paved, and the sturdy steel bridges are resurfaced. Once you get past the paving, the trail becomes compacted gravel and you may need a bike with more rugged tires to cycle on it.

Rugged rides

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Enjoy a vigorous ride through Whidbey Island's stunning forests at Fort Ebey State Park.

Fort Ebey State Park
On the shores of Whidbey Island, this park is the former site of a World War II coastal-defense fort. Now, it’s an inspiring mix of the kind of mossy, misty forest the Pacific Northwest is famous for with rugged, sandy trails through grass-covered dunes. Bring your rain gear and be prepared for a unique and invigorating ride through 25 miles of trails. Extend your fun with a tour of the Kettles Trail System, which takes you from Coupeville out to the park with some killer views along the way.

Columbia Plateau State Park Trail
With 48 miles of biking (and hiking) trails and multiple trail heads, Columbia Plateau Trail State Park is one of Washington’s “it” spots for a major bike trip. Built along the converted bed of the old Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, the trail winds through scenic historic country.

Wenatchee Confluence State Park to Lincoln Rock State Park
Wenatchee Confluence State Park is a family adventure hotspot — and popular with local bicycle enthusiasts. The park connects to the Apple Capital Loop Trail. Hop on the Wenatchee side of the trail for paved biking adventures. The east side is fun, too, but is more suited for more experienced riders. Adding to the fun is the Rocky Reach Trail, which connects you to Lincoln Rock State Park! You may want a bike that works well on both pavement and gravel for this ride.

Mount Spokane State Park
Really relish a rough ride? Rad! Come find it at Mount Spokane! This park is vast — at more than 12,000 acres — and covered in miles upon miles of rocky, rutted dirt roads. To top it off, many of these roads lead to some spectacular views. This might be a bit too much for little kids or some less experienced riders, but it should be on any mountain-biking enthusiast’s bucket list.

Squilchuck State Park
Squilchuck IS mountain biking. With more than 5 miles of trails at a variety of skill levels, an adventure awaits your whole biking family! Volunteers from Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance (EMBA) worked hard to improve the trails here with jumps, bumps, thrilling downhill runs and thigh-busting inclines. How cool is Squilchuck? Watch this video from the EMBA and find out!

Learn More

These are just a few ideas!
Explore our State Parks website for more biking adventures near you!

Looking for another rugged trail to ride?
Check out our blog on the Klickitat State Park Trail.

Have a favorite state park adventure?
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