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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +582/847 ft
Total: 105 riders
 

Mountain Biking Paradise Valley

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#23 of 1,206 mountain bike trails in Washington
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Paradise Valley Conservation Area Trails
Located 1.5 miles east of Hwy 522 on Paradise Lake road in Maltby, WA (just North of Woodinville). The county bought the land as a Conservation area (about 800 acres) for wildlife and wetlands protection around 2003 and closed access to the whole area. After several years and a lot of work primarily by local Mountain Bikers a portion of the area was re-opened with re-routed more environmentally friendly trails. The area consists of approx. 12 miles of trails although only about 8 miles of trails for biking. There are a few walking only trails (please respect these) and one bike only trails but most are open to bikes, hiking and horses. The Mainline trail is fairly smooth but does have some light rooty sections and two slight hills. It does not make a loop requiring either backtracking or taking other trails (which are much rootier and twistier) back to the main parking lot. Most of the other trails are fairly rooty with lots of twists and turns and only a few climb/descents. The trails are primarily somewhere between advanced beginner and intermediate in difficulty with the main challenge being roots, lots of exposed roots. Recent trails work in the past few years has eliminated much of the mud that had been a real issue during the winter here in the Pacific North Wet.

First added by mtnmojo on Sep 18, 2004. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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East on 522. Then east on Paradise Lake rd.
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Rider questions

Q: Hello! I just started the family mountain biking, and everyone loves it. I am 46, wife 40, daughter 10, son 8. i am looking for a few trails in Washington (we live in Seattle) to explore. We are not technical riders and are learning. We've done the paved trails like Sammamish River, but ready for some dirt. Can anyone recommend some very easy rides for kids 10 and 8?
A: what size wheels do their bikes have? With my kids they had/have a really hard time with the roots with 20" wheels. 24" wheels make it much easier for them. Most of Paradise can be challenging for beginners, mostly due to the amount of exposed roots. Duthie has some nice beginner trails like Bootcamp. Also Big Finn Hill has far less roots and smoother trails. St. Edwards would also be a good area to start with.

Q: Is this trail good for toddlers riding on the back of your bike or in a trailer?
A: The first half of the Mainline trail is wide enough that a trailer might be okay, but even it has enough roots that I don't think it would work well. Plus you'd be limited to a short section of trail, just out and back to the parking lot. Most of the trails here are very narrow with lots of roots and tight twists and turns. Great for some, not much fun for others.

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  • PNW RIDER
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    Great local trail for after work rides. Majority of the trails have severe tree roots that make some spots technical. Trails are nicely marked and several markers telling how to get back to the parking lot. Lots of trail runners with dogs and some horses. Watch for dog and horse poop. Lot's of great friendly riders. This is a great trail for those who are new to mtb.

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  • Doraine
    *****

    Wow! The Evergreen trail gnomes have been doing stellar work on drainage for the PVCA trails. They're in great shape, especially for such a rainy winter. The parking lot is muddier than the trails. Looking forward to the parking lot expansion. If you're not already a member of Evergreen MTB Alliance or volunteering for a trail maintenance crew, please consider it. They are the reason why our local playgrounds are becoming world-class.

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  • Navin
    *****

    A great ride close to the city with a wide range of difficulties.

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  • tmdenkinger
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    Great group of technical trails without a lot of climbing. Although the trails are seemingly flat the myriad of roots makes these trails very challenging for new riders and would not recommend beginners ride here especially when its wet. I've seen a number of intermediate riders get taken out by the off camber roots on numerous turns so please think twice before you bring someone who may not be technically savy. That being said this is one of the best trails around to rapidly improve your tech skills for turns and roots. The rootiest trails are Red Alder, Lloyds and Two-Trees. The other trails are all much more forgiving.

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  • tmdenkinger
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    Cold and wet but if you like slippery roots this is the best trail in the area to work on your technical skills. If you are a beginner and its wet you probably should avoid Lloyds and Two Trees as they can demoralize a beginner due to the root gardens.

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  • mtnbikematt
    *****

    If twisty, rooty single track is your game this trail will make you smile for miles.

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  • Will Thomsen
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    Good network of XC trails, lots of roots and short technical climb sections, the one "downhill" section has some more advanced intermediate obstacles. Gets crowded with hikers / families around noon, recommend hitting this one early.

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  • cnicolae
    *****

    Great trail for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers! There is a one way loop for advanced bikers with a jump at the end and a very narrow boardwalk bridge. Lot of flowy areas as well as some more technical places with roots and switchbacks. Highly recommended place for some great mountain biking!

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  • Russ C
    *****

    Sweet single track with roots, roots, and more roots! Spent over 2 hours exploring the trails. You can do easy cruising to some expert obstacles.

    If you come out while its wet, make sure you know how to clear roots cleanly. And watch your lines. The guys who made the trails set up some pretty clever lines around the turns.

    There's a new trail if you haven't been out here in a while called Rogue Fern. Some good flow elements and surprisingly few roots.

    Exceptionally well maintained. Kudos to the volunteers who keep up the trails here.

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  • DeeMan   ✓ supporter
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    I've been here two times, once with my two boys ages 5 and 10 and one other time on my own and it has been a blast both times. The trails are well marked. The mainline is great for my kids to ride to build their confidence and have some fun, while some of the single tracks are tight and technical, lots of roots, a great challenge to build your skills. I will be visiting here often through the year.

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  • Smilely
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    Do you like roots, lots of roots? Not a lot of climbs but lots of twists and turns and roots. Recent trail work has made issues with mud mostly a thing of the past, even a day or two after a big rain.

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  • mikeroy
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    The area is NOT closed and is wonderful. Beginner to intermediate level trails. Roots are the major obstacles on the trails. Only one trail is one-way and all are shared with hikers (some with horses too).

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  • holloppy
    *****

    Beautiful area to ride. Had a great time in the trees and navigating the twisting turning trails. Tons of different ways to navigate through this trail system, even if it is just riding a trail in reverse for a totally different track. The MTB park was super fun and technical in spots. Not much climbing but with some very technical sections with roots I consider it more moderate difficulty.* Review edited 4/19/2012

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  • jmarshall
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    Great trail for newbies! Rode in the mud today on it and had a great time. The Mt. Bike park was a cool little side track. The was only one trail that we rode that was harder then I expected, lots of roots with rolling hills and major mud puddles, oh and the narrow bridge that was slick from the rain. Other then that, it was a great park that I can hit when I get off work. We did talk to another MTB'er out there that said this trail was way better when dry, so I know I will be riding it again!

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  • gorlyfuzz
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    Just did the trail on June 10 2010 and it's a good beginner trail with a good amount of side trails. Try to hit it when it's dry but the muddy trail kicked b*** today as well. RIDE IT!!!!!!

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  • bikabilly

    When I get a new bike or part this is my first place I go to dial in. The technical stuff gives you a good feel for new bike or parts.

    (Novak's trail)

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