No less than 31 Wilderness areas and 3 National Parks exist in Washington State – what that means is that most of the alpine singletrack is locked away from mountain bikers. So annoying! Just to close huge swaths of the best areas so that hikers and horses can enjoy this, is a not keeping up with the times. Who can, or wants to, afford horses? And fat bike tires at less than 15 psi surely have less impact than hiking boots. It’s physics.
Luckily, Whistler is a mere 4 hour drive by car from Seattle – where non-motorized bike-legal trails exist that go to spectacular areas.
Where an equal number of women and men ride.
Where hikers with toddlers share trails with bikers.