Tucked away in Kirkland, Washington, the St. Edwards State Park Trails offer a unique blend of relaxation and excitement for beginner mountain bikers. With a distance of just 5 miles, these very easy level trails are well maintained by the Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club. But don't let the 'very easy' tag fool you; there are technical sections that make your ride interesting.
Take Route 522 north towards Bothell, then make a right on 68 NE which eventually turns into Juanita Drive. After covering a distance of 2-3 miles, take a right into St. Eds Park. Abundant parking is available near the rec center.
The park excels as a beginner-friendly zone, with the Volunteer trail often cited for its swooping, sticky, S curves. Riders recommend it as a warm-up before connecting to Big Finn Hill Park, which offers more challenging trails. There's something in St. Edwards for everyone, from those trying mountain biking for the first time to those seeking a leisurely yet interesting ride.
Though the trails are generally in good shape, signage could be better, and many trails are listed for hiking only. This has led some to connect to Big Finn Hill Park to extend their biking adventure. Also, older technical features like ladders have been removed, making the trail less challenging for some.
St. Edwards State Park Trails provide an easy yet intriguing entry point to mountain biking in the Kirkland area. While they may not offer the complexity some riders seek, they do promise a fun-filled experience, especially when combined with Big Finn Hill Park. Ideal for newbies and riders looking for a less intense ride, these trails are a must-try.