Paradise Lake

Woodinville, Washington

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4 out of 5
Despite the name and the proximity to Paradise Lake and Paradise Valley, there is nothing utopian about mountain biking in the area. The small network of trails is damp most of the year, garbage is scattered about the trail entrance, motocross riders frequent the area, serious descents are nonexistent, and the locals are not exactly mountain-bike friendly. But if you live north of Bothell or out toward Monroe and are short on time, Paradise Lake is a viable alternative to not riding at all. Paradise Lake consists of two distinct areas: North and South, as in north or south of Paradise Lake Road. The North Trail is an out-and-back mud fest just over a mile long. It provides a decent warm-up as it gradually descends, but if you prefer to stay dry don’t bother. Even in later summer the trail can be moist and muddy. The south side offers a respite from the Northwest muck and a variety of trails that are entertaining for at least a couple of hours. The outer trails tend to be wider and drier due to their exposure to sunlight. Most of them are relatively flat with mild descents. However, some of the trails are freshly cut or lead cyclists across rock gardens. Either way, the trails can be technical. Trail surface: Gravel, sand, hard-pack singletrack, mud, and loose rock.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

Despite the name and the proximity to Paradise Lake and Paradise Valley, there is nothing utopian about mountain biking in the area. The small network of trails is damp most of the year, garbage is scattered about the trail entrance, motocross riders frequent the area, serious descents are nonexistent, and the locals are not exactly mountain-bike friendly. But if you live north of Bothell or out toward Monroe and are short on time, Paradise Lake is a viable alternative to not riding at all. Paradise Lake consists of two distinct areas: North and South, as in north or south of Paradise Lake Road.

The North Trail is an out-and-back mud fest just over a mile long. It provides a decent warm-up as it gradually descends, but if you prefer to stay dry don’t bother. Even in later summer the trail can be moist and muddy. The south side offers a respite from the Northwest muck and a variety of trails that are entertaining for at least a couple of hours. The outer trails tend to be wider and drier due to their exposure to sunlight. Most of them are relatively flat with mild descents. However, some of the trails are freshly cut or lead cyclists across rock gardens. Either way, the trails can be technical. Trail surface: Gravel, sand, hard-pack singletrack, mud, and loose rock.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Woodinville
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year-round; best April to October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Snohomish County
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Maltby
Topo Map: Paradise Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/8/2017

I rode this trail system today and noticed that the trails are identified clearly. However, portions of the trails are not well kept and are overrun with heavy foliage. In fact, my arms are a bloody mess. I did enjoy the majority of the trails. There has been some upkeep in the past, but there is certainly need to push back the brush, hence the x3 stars. Also because of the horses on the trails. Could be a decent x4 stars if the brush is cleared up a bit and some of the obstacles repaired. 😃

9/1/2013

The trail guide is old and completely wrong. This trail system is now owned by Snohomish County and is part of the Paradise Valley Conservation Area. The garbage has been cleaned up, the trails are all signed, and the trail system has received considerable upgrades over the past few years. Volunteers from the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance perform considerable trail maintenance here. It's now a good place to ride winter and summer.

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