What is mountain biking (MTB)?
You love pedaling around town and to the beach; you love hiking and spending time outdoors. Why not combine the two and give mountain biking a try? Mountain biking is cycling off-road in rough terrain that may include rocks and roots, typically on narrower trails similar to hiking, though generally not as steep or rough as a lot of PNW hiking trails. Mountain biking can improve your overall bike riding skills and confidence.
Join the Gearhouse on bi-weekly rides - we have the bikes and can help you get to the trail head. We switch each week between a beginner ride and more intermediate trails.
There are a number of places in the PNW to try mountain biking for a variety of skill levels. If you're familiar with the international system, ski areas rate ski and snowboarding slopes, figuring out where to start is fairly easy once you know where to look. This system is subjective so use good judgment, check this link on how the rating system works. If you are heading out on your own check out the Evergreen MTB Alliance trail wiki, Trail Forks or MTB Project to find a suitable trail.
Join gear house on bi-weekly rides, we have the bikes and can help you get to the trail head. We switch each week between a beginner ride and a beginner/intermediate where we will explore trails further a field.
What you'll need
Book a bike for your next ride!
Gear house has a fleet of Hardtail Mountain Bikes. That means the fork has suspension, but the rear end of the bike is fixed. You're welcome to bring your own bike, however Gearhouse will perform a safety check before allowing you to bring it out.
Additionally you will need a helmet that meets CPSC standards. Not necessary but a nice addition is a pair of Knee pads and full fingered gloves.
Where and when to go
Knowing where to get started can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of world class trail systems just a quick drive from Seattle. Here is short list of beginner and intermediate riding area nearby. While not comprehensive it will get you out there building your skills.
Beginner Friendly: (Green Dot)
Intermediate Friendly: (Blue Square)