Guidebook

Loam, Jumps, and Gnar: Best MTB Trails in Seattle

Explore lush PNW rainforests on endless loamy singletrack with this list of Seattle's best mountain bike trails.

Description

It’s tough to find a major metropolitan area with better access to mountain bike trails than Seattle. Sandwiched between Puget Sound to the west and the Cascade Mountain Range to the east, the landscape and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest forests surrounding Seattle provide a sublime setting for suburban mountain biking.

Riding in the PNW is renowned for its gnarly freeride lines, massive dirt jumps, and steep downhill trails. You’ll find all that and more within a short drive from downtown Seattle! In addition sending big gaps, slashing brown pow, and sliding down slick root webs, you’ll also discover flowy cross country singletrack to pedal, beginner skills parks, and progression lines that help riders of all levels improve their bike handling expertise.

The superb quality of Seattle’s mountain biking is due in large part to the tireless efforts of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, “the nation's largest statewide mountain bike association.” The "organization was originally formed in response to trail closures and a lack of riding opportunities around Seattle,” and my, how times have changed! Evergreen’s work has paid off, and Seattle is now one of the best cities in the nation to live in as a mountain biker!

Sources:
https://sacredrides.com/blog/seattle-mountain-bike-trails
https://www.evergreenmtb.org/about

Duthie Hill
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Duthie Hill

9.2 km
171 m
171 m
The crown jewel of Seattle mountain biking!
Difficult
Private
Tiger Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tiger Mountain Loop

16.8 km
703 m
703 m
The gnarliest trail system near Seattle.
Severe
Private
Tokul East
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tokul East

13.2 km
422 m
422 m
Tokul's enduro-oriented eastern side.
Difficult
Private
Raging River

Raging River

29.3 km
1,203 m
1,203 m
The newest bike-specific trail system in the Seattle area.
Difficult
Private
Black Diamond Open Space
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Black Diamond Open Space

35.2 km
420 m
420 m
An expansive cross country-oriented trail system.
Difficult
Private
Grand Ridge Park
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grand Ridge Park

Seattle
20.5 km
671 m
672 m
A point-to-point multi-use trail connecting Duthie Hill and West Tiger
Moderate
Private
Paradise Valley
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Paradise Valley

Seattle
11.2 km
141 m
141 m
A rooty, twisty ride in a beautiful conservation area.
Difficult
Private
Taylor Mountain Lollipop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Taylor Mountain Lollipop

15.1 km
496 m
498 m
A mellow lollipop route through a multi-use trail system close to Seattle.
Moderate
Private