July 7th – Stevens Pass Bike Park
Stevens Pass is located about 90 minutes NW of Seattle in the Cascade mountains between Monroe and Leavenworth. it is home to some of the best lift- accessed skiing in the Northwest.
Stevens started building their bike park a few years ago, and there are nine trails total. There are plans for some more intermediate trails as well as a double black diamond! They host a NW Cup Downhill race every year.
It’s been raining all week in the NW, and the trails at Stevens are in great shape. Most of the trails are designed well, so puddles are rare. The rain held off most of the day. There’s a good amount of moisture in the dirt but the roots and rocks aren’t slick. I even heard a local say the word “dry”, though I disagree being from California.
We really like seeing qualifier features at resorts. It separates those who should be riding the trail from those who shouldn’t. Also called a Squirrel Catcher.
There are a few shorter sections of beginner trail, however I was having too much fun on the other trails to check them out.
Overall, Stevens Pass is a great option for Seattle- area gravity riders, or those passing through on the way to Whistler.
Rock Crusher: Intermediate:
- Machine- built flow trail with small jumps and some pedaling in between. Great warm- up lap.
Lichen It/ Luvin it: Intermediate
- Singletrack in the trees with lots of tight corners to improve your technique. Fun rock wallride halfway down with lots of options.
PBR – Advanced
- Machine-built flow trail with lots of big berms and table tops. Lots of flow here once you figure it out. Watch out for narrow landings on some of the jumps. A Drop at the entrance filters out beginner and intermediate riders.
- We really like seeing qualifier features at resorts. It separates those who should be riding the trail from those who shouldn’t. Also called a Squirrel Catcher.
Slingshot Wookie- Advanced:
- Singletrack/ machine built- This trail has it all. Fast, technical rocks and roots, line options galore, and some great jumps. Rode this one over and over again.