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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