Covered in green forests and home to two major mountain ranges, the state of Washington is a mountain biker's dream, with trails winding along scenic lakes and through shady forests. While the beautiful views are sure to delight wherever you go, a trail suited to your skills and ability provides maximum enjoyment. The Singletracks network of mountain biking enthusiasts provides detailed trail information and ratings to help you select the best place to ride in the state within your ability. Newb Heaven Tackling a too-tough trail can leave a beginning mountain biker huffing, puffing and nursing tender thighs. Novices get a taste of a wide variety of trail conditions on the Lake Sawyer Trail in Black Diamond 35 miles south of Seattle. The 15-mile single-track winds and twists through coniferous forest with the occasional short, steep uphill. Hone your skills on free-ride obstacles, jumps, ladder bridges and jumps. Plan two hours and 15 minutes to ride the trail at an average speed of 3 miles per hour. Every Kind of Trail The constant presence of scenic vistas makes Gailbraith Mountain the No. 1 ranked intermediate riding area by Singletracks. The trail originates in Bellingham in the far northern part of the state and accesses a network of more than 40 trails for all ability levels. The riding area incorporates much more than wooded trails along a mountain, although there are plenty of those. Jump off a 25-foot rock face known as Sandy Stone or ride over cedar catwalks at the Cedar Dust and Family Fun Center. Island Ride The city of Anacortes has more than 2,800 acres of city-owned forest where you can ride on the northern tip of Fidalgo Island about an hour's drive north of Seattle. The Anacortes community forest lands are rated as one of Singletracks' top places for intermediate riding. The multiuse city trails wind through dense forests and along scenic lakes. The trail system is shared by hikers, horseback riders and other recreational users, and ranges from paved trails to dirt single-track. For Experts Only Challenge your physical endurance and technical skills; head out to Kachess Ridge Loop in Easton in the heart of the state. The 19-mile single-track includes a 4-mile uphill that climbs 3,000 feet to a mountain ridge. The route changes from logging road to single-track following the climb, winding around rock spires, crossing numerous streams with the rut and rock strewn trail constantly vying to tear your attention from the panoramic scenery. A steep, rocky horse trail winds back down the mountain, returning you to civilization and your vehicle.
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