33.3 miles
Distance
8,411 ft
Climb
-10,873 ft
Descent
1.2 miles
High Point

Manning Park's official management plan does not allow for bikes on this trail. Please be courteous and dismount if you meet hikers along the route.

Although there are a few short sections that are hike a bikes, riders can ride almost all of this trail. Featuring over 50 km of singletrack, this is an incredible back country experience. The ride works best as a shuttle, and works best to begin at Strawberry Flats and ending at Sumallo Grove.

The ride begins with a long climb from Strawberry flats to gain the ridge. After a beautiful traverse along the ridge (with plenty of ups and downs), the trail eventually descends via a long fast descent towards Ross lake. Stay right at the bottom of the descent to follow Centennial trail. From this point it is still over 25 km along the valley floor to the parking area, and while the elevation profile is relatively flat the terrain means that you must earn every km, with relentless roots, rocks and other challenges. After the Centennial trail, the route follows the Skagit trail alongside the beautiful Skagit River to end at the Sumallo Grove parking area.

Be prepared and self sufficient, as there is very limited water on the ridge, and the remoteness of the trail means that should riders experience difficulties, help is far away. Do not count on other riders or hikers to help, as there may be days where this trail is not used. There is no cell service at all! Watch for wildlife on the trail. Bring plenty of food and water, for strong riders this is at least 8 hours of cycling.

This route is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Skyline Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,462 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,746 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,517 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,055 ft
  • Grade max
    -92.005%
  • Grade min
    102.929%
  • Distance climb
    14.4 miles
  • Distance down
    15.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3.0 miles
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