Paradise Lake

Woodinville, Washington 98072

Paradise Lake

Paradise Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Paradise Lake Reviews

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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. 😃
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.
This area is under serious construction with regard to the quality of the trails. The area is clean and word is spreading. Night riding is the best here with tight squeezes through trees, over a circus of roots, and trying to avoid the deep muck found just off trail. The trails are not long but can be linked together for a good technical ride with some short climbs. Some of the trails are off-limits to biking and another is one-way as it appears to be set up for bombing DH.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
1 to 2 hours
Year-round; best April to October
Snohomish County
Local Contacts
Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Maltby
Local Maps

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Jul 2018