Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
Bike typeAM, XC
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
SeasonSummer / Fall
NOTE: This is the entire Pacific Northwest trail as of 2016. Not all of this trail can be legally ridden on despite its design as a multi use trail (hiking / biking / equestrian). The purpose of this is to help catalog, document the portions of trail that can be ridden legally and to bring attention to the lack of access to cyclists that some land managers regulate.
This carefully chosen path is high for the views and long on adventure, ranking among the most scenic trails in the world.
It includes the Rocky Mountains, Selkirk Mountains, Pasayten Wilderness, North Cascades, Olympic Mountains, and Wilderness Coast. The trail crosses 3 National Parks and 7 National Forests.
There are some great mountain biking opportunities along the Pacific Northwest Trail. Some of our members’ favorite areas to ride on the Pacific Northwest Trail include:
Hay Creek/Red Meadow Road, Flathead National Forest near Polebridge, Montana
Ten Lakes Scenic Area, Kootenai National Forest near Eureka, Montana
Tobacco River Memorial Trail/Kootenai Trail between Eureka and Rexford, Montana
Mt. Henry, Kootenai National Forest near Rexford, Montana
Kettle Crest Trail, Colville National Forest near Republic, Washington
Similkameen Trail, Oroville, Washington
Cascade Trail, Sedro-Woolley, Washington
Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes, Washington
Kettles Trail System near Coupeville, Washington
Larry Scott Memorial Trail, Port Townsend, Washington
Dungeness-Gold Creek Loop, Olympic National Forest near Sequim, Washington
"Many of our Pacific Northwest Trail Association members—or at least their kids or grandkids!—are bikers.
We appreciate the work that bicycle organizations and their volunteers do to maintain sections of the Pacific Northwest Trail.
With hundreds of miles of the Pacific Northwest Trail in National Parks and wilderness areas, it is not possible to “thru-bike” the Pacific Northwest Trail. However, bicycles are welcome on many sections."
Prohibitions and Caution
Bicycles are prohibited on backcountry trails (and off-trail) in National Parks, including:
Glacier National Park
North Cascades National Park Complex
Olympic National Park
Bicycles—and motorized and mechanized forms of transport generally—are prohibited in all federally designated Wilderness areas. On the Pacific Northwest Trail, these include:
Salmo-Priest Wilderness, Colville National Forest, Washington
Pasayten Wilderness, Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Washington
Stephen Mather Wilderness, North Cascades National Park
Mt. Baker Wilderness, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington
Buckhorn Wilderness, Olympic National Forest, Washington
Olympic Wilderness, Olympic National Park
This is not a complete list of areas and trails that may be closed to bicycles. Always check with local land managers before you go.
Note, please see http://www.pnt.org/ for the latest on trail status and updates.
The entire trail cannot currently be ridden by bicycle.
Local Trail AssociationEvergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (evergreenmtb.org)
More Stats for The Pacific NW Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-5,289 ft
Altitude min-1 ft
Altitude start1.0 miles
Altitude end33 ft
Distance climb532.5 miles
Distance down520.3 miles
Distance flat63.4 miles
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