From the Skagit Flats to mountain passes in the North Cascades, cyclists have plenty of options when riding around Skagit County.
Make sure to pick up a Skagit County Bike Map at the local chambers of commerce.
For cyclists in search of long stretches of open road, the Skagit Flats is the place to put rubber to pavement.
The area is a haven for numerous bird species. Migrating snow geese and tundra and trumpeter swans winter over in the valley.
In the southern half of the flats, roads meander through 35 miles of farmland and dike districts.
Distance: 22.5 miles
Getting there: Numerous places to park along Highway 20.
Notable: A rails-to-trails effort, the Cascade Trail runs from Sedro-Woolley to Concrete.
Northern State Recreation Area
Distance: 4 miles
Getting there: North of Highway 20 on Helmick Road east of Sedro-Woolley.
Notable: Trail is on the grounds of what was once the farming operations at Northern State
Hospital. Pass historic buildings and cruise alongside Hansen
Creek. Pedal through massive meadows and thick forest.
Port of Skagit Trails
Distance: 10.2 miles
Getting there: Parking is available at the corner of Ovenell Road and Higgins Airport Way, or the corner of Josh Wilson Road and Higgins Airport Way.
Notable: Gravel trail system runs through a chunk of Port of Skagit property. It winds through forest, along roadways and around wetlands.
Location: Mount Vernon
Distance: 10 miles
Getting there: The trail is at Little Mountain Park.
Notable: This new system of trails crosses the flanks of Little Mountain. Trails lead from the park entrance to the park’s summit. Look for trails such as La-Z-Boy, Surfer’s Way, Huff-N-Puff and Sidewinder.
Anacortes Community Forest Lands
Distance: 50 miles
Getting there: The 2,800 acres are in the center of Anacortes.
Notable: This is a large network of easy to moderate trails. Included in the area are numerous lakes as well as Mount Erie and Sugarloaf Mountain. Maps are available through Anacortes Parks & Recreation.
Annual Tulip Pedal
Saturday, April 16
Location: La Conner
Ride on your own past flowers and fields on 20-, 40-, and 60-mile routes.
Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11
Location: Mount Vernon
Two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. As many as 2,000 riders will cruise along scenic figure-eight courses ranging from 22 to 97 miles each day. Benefits multiple sclerosis research and programs.