Echo Ridge Mountain Biking

About 30 minutes from the town of Chelan, Washington is a Nordic ski area called Echo Ridge. During the summer months, the ski area becomes a great place to mountain bike or hike. The higher elevation ridge provides some relief from the hot summer temperatures of Lake Chelan. The 30 miles of mountain bike trails have views of wildflowers, Lake Chelan, and the Columbia River … Continue reading Echo Ridge Mountain Biking

Whislter, BC

When I was in middle school (about 15 years ago), my parents and I went up to Whistler, BC for a weekend. They bought a timeshare, and neither of us have returned since. Initially, my husband and I originally planned on bringing our mountain bikes up. But as I was doing research about mountain biking in the area, I got a little intimidated by the Whistler Bike Park. … Continue reading Whislter, BC

Road biking on San Juan Island

One way to make a visit to the San Juan islands more affordable is to take your bike instead of your car. A few summers ago, my husband and I rode the ferry, and explored San Juan Island on our road bikes. We had lunch in Friday Harbor, and walked around a little bit before taking off. We rode south on the island, and ended … Continue reading Road biking on San Juan Island

Biking around Lopez Island

Biking around Lopez Island in the San Juans is the thing to do. It’s flatter then the other islands, and with it’s size, biking around the island can be easily accomplished in one day. I’ve covered most of the island after two days of biking it.  What I like most about the island is the empty roads. The main roads can get busy, but you … Continue reading Biking around Lopez Island

Camping at Odlin County Park

Odlin County Park is a gorgeous park that is one mile from the ferry terminal. We loaded up our camping gear on our bikes and camped there for two nights. It has several beach front campsites, and many with a water view. There are a few sites designated for hikers, bikers, or kayakers. All of those sites were full, so we stayed at a standard … Continue reading Camping at Odlin County Park

Sammamish River Trail

Last week, I wanted to take advantage of one of my last unscheduled days of the summer, so I decided to go on a bike ride. While researching which trail to do, I found a couple of interesting articles about local trails.  I learned that Sunset Magazine had recently rated the Sammamish River Trail as the best bike path in Washington.  I also read this Seattle … Continue reading Sammamish River Trail

Snoqualmie Tunnel and John Wayne Pioneer Trail

The John Wayne  Pioneer Trail is a 300 mile long (former railroad) gravel trail that stretches across two-thirds of Washington State. It starts in the Western slopes of the Cascade Mountain range, and ends at the Idaho border. We started at the Hyak entrance at Iron Horse State Park, and rode down hill to  Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend. This portion of the trail goes … Continue reading Snoqualmie Tunnel and John Wayne Pioneer Trail