Chuckanut Drive Cruise

Bellingham, Washington

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Chuckanut Drive is a gorgeous road that winds between the Chuckanut Mountain Range and the shores of Samish Bay, south from the city of Bellingham to the Skagit Valley. Along the way riders enjoy spectacular views of the islands and inland waters off the northwest Washington coast. At one time Chuckanut Drive was the main road south of Bellingham. It is now a scenic highway, popular with tourists, car-commercial photographers, and, of course, bicyclists. Terrain: hilly and windy roads, especially along Chuchanut Drive
Best Bike Rides in the Pacific Northwest

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Best Bike Rides in the Pacific Northwest

by Todd Litman & Suzanne Kort (The Globe Pequot Press)

Chuckanut Drive is a gorgeous road that winds between the Chuckanut Mountain Range and the shores of Samish Bay, south from the city of Bellingham to the Skagit Valley. Along the way riders enjoy spectacular views of the islands and inland waters off the northwest Washington coast.

At one time Chuckanut Drive was the main road south of Bellingham. It is now a scenic highway, popular with tourists, car-commercial photographers, and, of course, bicyclists. Terrain: hilly and windy roads, especially along Chuchanut Drive

©  Todd Litman & Suzanne Kort/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Bellingham
Distance: 32.2
Elevation Gain: 1,175 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Bellingham Visitors Bureau 360-671-3990
Driving Directions: Directions to Chuckanut Drive Cruise

Recent Trail Reviews

6/23/2005
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I live in Skagit Valley. Leave car at new transportation Center in Mount Vernon. Take bike on Amtrak train around 9:00 am to Bellingham. Make reservation on line for self and bike.(25 minute ride is awesome. Pasture land, seashores, 5 tunnels, trestle crossing mouth of Mud Bay, an obscure kayak launch area leading out to Chuckanut Bay.) Depart at Bellingham Train Station. Ride south into Fairhaven and then to Chuckanut Drive. Favorite time: Least traffic is midweek after 10:30 am (train schedule is perfect) Sunny morning casts filtered sunlight, water views, fresh air, limited winds. Head south, go through Bow and Edison, take Bayview Edison Road to Bayview then Mclean Road east into west Mount Vernon, cross bridge into downtown Mount Vernon and back to train station. (Just north of Bayview stop to enjoy Breazeale - Padilla Bay Interpretive Center. After Bayview, ride on the Padilla Bay Shore Trail instead of on the road for a portion of the way. Tips and cautions: Check Amtrak Schedule. Get a seat on the left side of the train car. Wear brightest clothing, use rear view mirror. Best if you ride briskly, not a road to dawdle on. Several "pull-offs" on lower southern portion. Enjoy the views! Would be 5 star save for traffic and narrow shoulders. Use caution. Might consider tall flag on rear. Worth the extra effort. Great eateries, bakeries, art in Bow and Edison. Ride accessable from La Conner. Also consider riding north and taking Amtrak south. P. Johnson



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