Whether you are looking for that long self-reflective type of ride, or that quick fat burn session type of ride; here are some bike path/trail destinations and travel TIPs we feel are a must to experience.
1 | SAMMAMISH RIVER TRAIL, REDMOND, WA (11 miles - Paved Road)
The Sammamish River Trail is not only one of the more popular trails for the locals but is also a highly desired destination for bike enthusiasts from around the world. Located in King County, the paved trail offers unprecedented views of the Sammamish River Valley, the Cascade Foothills, and Mt. Rainier. Explore the wonders of Washington's most scenic trail as it connects to the northeastern terminus of Seattle’s popular Burke-Gilman trail
(TIPs - turn left at the fork after crossing 96th NE).
2 | SPRINGWATER CORRIDOR, PORTLAND, OR (40 miles - Paved Road) This Oregon Trail is nothing short of breathtaking. Inspired in the early 1900's as a 'parkway' to connect park sites, the Springwater Corridor is miles of Portland's iconic beauty. With views ranging from wetlands, agricultural fields, and pastures, to several state parks such as Tideman Johnson Nature Park and Powell Butte Nature Park, this bike path is one to remember.
(TIPs - Access to the trail is available at many locations, including the I-205 Multi-Use Path. To reach the Johnson Creek Boulevard trailhead, from I-205, take Exit 16 and go east on SE Johnson Creek Boulevard for 2.2 miles).
3 | PROVO RIVER PARKWAY, PROVO, UT (15 miles - Paved Road) Ah, Utah... Weaving its way through Utah's beautiful scenery, the Provo River Parkway stretches along the Provo River in Utah Lake State Park to the mouth of Provo Canyon. After a couple short steep climbs you will find yourself out of breath because of the view of Bridal Veil Falls instead of the climbs. The rushing water, which drops over 600 feet through a double cascade feature, is the picture perfect destination
(TIPs - In Orem, take exit 275 off Interstate 15, then travel east 3.6 miles on W. 800 N. (State Route 52). There is a parking area on the north side with direct access to the trail from the lot).
4 | PLATTE RIVER TRAIL, DENVER, CO (28.5 miles - Paved Road) Elevated a mile high, this popular Colorado trail has the Rockies as a backdrop while following the winding Platte River. The Platte River Trail offers the best of both worlds as far as scenery is concerned. The trail stretches along passed large lakes and passing through Denver's metropolitan areas with connections to several other popular trails.
(TIPs - To access the northern segment, park at Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. Trails through the park lead to the Platte River Trail).
5 | PEAVINE AND IRON KING TRAILS, PRESCOTT, AZ (9.2 miles - Dirt and Stone) Famous for its copper mining, this Prescott, AZ trail has an unprecedented desert scenery. Although, the best time of the year to capture the beauty and not melt is late winter to early spring. The weathered boulders that protrude from the ground skyward offer spectacular hues of red and yellow flowers popping out from the crevasses. Resting above 5,300 feet above sea level, This trail is not for the faint of heart.
(TIPs - There is a $2 fee to park at the Sundog Ranch Road trailhead, except on Wednesday, which is free. Use the machine, which takes credit cards. The northern trailhead is free).
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