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Biking Skagit County: The most Scenic Summer Routes

Biking Skagit County

Skagit County is an outdoor lover’s dream, with tons of activities available; it can be hard to narrow it down and decide where to go. This detailed guide will give you a rundown of all the best areas to bike in Skagit County. With endless stretches of farmland, beautiful views of the ocean and the local mountain ranges, birding, and more, biking is an excellent summer pastime here in the Skagit Valley. Check out this map for more information on biking in Skagit County and to find the trails referenced below.

Tour De Fur 

As the locals call it, Tour De Fur is a bike trip that circumnavigates part of Fir Island. This area of Skagit County is known for its birding, constantly changing farm fields, and views. There is plenty of routes that you can take to experience Fir Island by bike, but many people go to the west side of the Conway bridge, across the Skagit River, and park in the parking lot on the right-hand side of the road.

From here, you will cross the main road and hope on the dike, riding southeast. Stay on the dike until you hit the Skagit Wildlife Area-Wiley Slough. This is an excellent spot to take a pit stop and enjoy the birding if you would like. There are often Bald Eagles flying overhead here. Follow Wylie Rd out to Fir Island Road. Take a left on Dry Slough Road and keep riding. Enjoy the Stunning views on a clear day and take in the farmland, slough and flat ground! You can either turn at Moore Rd and then at Skagit City Fir Rd or stay on Dry Slough Road all the way until it turns into Skagit City Fir Road. Both routes will lead you back to the parking lot. 

This trail is mostly backroads in the farmland, and traffic should be light. Be careful, though, for your short stint on Fir Island Road, as this is a 50mph zone with heavy traffic. 

Coast to Cascades 

The Coast to Cascades route begins in Anacortes, Washington. You follow mostly roads from Anacortes all the way to Sedro-Woolley Washington. In Sedro-Wooley, you can join the Cascade Trail. The Cascade trail runs 22.5 miles in length and connects Sedro-Wooley to Concrete. The trail runs parallel to State Route 20. This trail is a gravel trail, and there are several benches and port-a-potties along the trail. This is a great way to go all the way from the ocean to the foothills of the Mountains. Many people continue on HWY 20 and bike up the pass.

While the Cascade trail is a gravel trail with no car access, the route from Anacortes to the trailhead is only roads. Pay attention to your surroundings while on the roads, and always remember to follow the bike laws. This trail is relatively flat and can be done by a wide variety of biking abilities. 

Coast Millennium Route 

If you are looking to stay near the water for your entire bike ride, consider taking the Coast Millennium Route. The Coast Millennium route Begins in Stanwood, Washington, and heads north to Conway before heading West through Fir Island and La Conner. From La Conner, this route takes you straight north along the waterline through Bayview, Edison, and to Bellingham.

This route is currently around 50 miles long but sits entirely on roadways. There are currently plans to add bike lanes to the trail’s entirety and expand the path to the Canadian Border and south to California. This route is semi-flat but gets more hilly in the Bayview area and extremely hilly if you choose to take the trail out of Skagit County and North to Bellingham. This is an excellent route for those who want views of the Puget Sound and Padilla bay on their route, as well as the occasional view of Mt. Baker and the cascades and frequent views of the Olympics. 

Centennial route 

The Centennial Route is 30 miles of completed trail stretching from Skagit to Snohomish County. This path is a ten-foot-wide multi-purpose paved trail that goes through a conservation corridor that protects sensitive and important natural and cultural resources. This trail connects Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Arlington, and many points in between. The trail is designed for biking, skating, skateboarding and longboarding, and equestrian use. This trail is exceptionally popular because it is flat, inaccessible to cars, and good for people of all ages and physical ability. Views on this trail include waterways, Mountains, wooded areas, old railroads, and more.   

Guemes Island 

Guemes Island is the only island in Skagit County that is accessible by ferry. The ferry, leaving from Anacortes, is a quick 5-10 minute journey and can be completed by walking on or driving a car onto the ferry. Once off the ferry, you can take the main roads all the way around the island. Most people ride counterclockwise and take the main road along the beach on the island’s south side before cutting north.

The Guemes Mountain Conservation area lies to the east, and you will ride past the Guemes Mountain trail on your ride. If you want to get in a hike as well, chain your bike to the stand at the trailhead and complete the 2.2-mile trail before continuing on your ride. While Guemes Island is only 8 square miles, there is a significant amount of hills. The first mile and a half of your ride will be flat, and the rest will be a rollercoaster of giant climbs followed by steep downhill sections.  

Biking Guemes Island

There is no bike path on Guemes Island, so you will just be following the exterior roads for your ride. While traffic is normally light in the off-season, summertime can bring a lot of seasonal traffic, so beware of that and possible long ferry lines when you plan your trip.

Tommy Thompson- 3.3 mile paved Anacortes 

The Tommy Thompson trail is a 6.6 mile round trip trail that starts at the Port of Anacortes. The trail has excellent views of Mt. Baker, Fidalgo Bay and also features lots of blue Heron is the tide is low. This is a paved trail and is very flat, making it manageable for many bikers. You will have waterfront views for much of this trail, making it a great addition to this guide. 

More Biking the Skagit Valley

There are plenty of other areas to bike in Skagit County. The flats that run from Fir Island to Edison offer miles of excellent road biking. This area is exceptionally flat and gives riders lots to look at. With several Mountain ranges, farm animals, changing crops, birding, and waterfront views, you can always expect to see at least a few fellow riders.  

While this guide only included road and flat biking, there are several mountain biking areas in the county range from the easy levels to more challenging. Be sure to follow signage and pay attention to the vehicle and possible horse traffic wherever you go. 

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