Lots of nice smooth fire road type trails, smooth and very technical single track, and tight switchbacks. Ranges from hardpack dirt to loose sandy soil. Great place to ride. Open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians
Take SR-525 south on Whidbey Island, make left turn on Main Street in Freeland, WA. Take another left onto East Harbor Rd, adn follow until it turns into Saratoga Rd. Follow Saratoga until you see the parking area. There is a couple abandoned old farm buildings, and a gravel parking lot. This is only one of the entrances, as there are many.
Summary: The trails are delightfully fun, with straight perimeter double tracks suitable for beginners and lots of twisty, frequently rooty but never really rocky single track, with the odd steep but short hill and sharp switchback tossed in. On this November Saturday, I encountered only one other biker, one party of eight on horses, and about a dozen walkers. Although an expert rider would quickly become bored here, as an advanced intermediate (or whatever I am) who learned to ride on the generally more difficult trails of Galbraith and Chuckanut Mtns. near Bellingham, this was a very relaxing and just plain fun place to spend part of a day, certainly worth the 80 mile drive from home.
Recommended Route: I started on Edgewood Trail from the Keller Road access. In three hours, I pretty well covered the whole complex of Metcalf Trust trail system, Saratoga Woods , and DNR (a.k.a. Goss Lake Woods). I picked up a map at the Saratoga trailhead which helps a lot, or you can print the identical map of all three interconnected areas from www.gosslakewoods.org. The only problematic place, even with the map, is on the Metcalf, or easternmost, section, where the Huck Trail has several unmarked and unmapped branches which lead off to houses or to the Saratoga Road. Rather than recommend a specific route which would be hard to follow anyway, just go, explore, and enjoy.
Other recommended trails in the same area: The Fort Ebey and Kettles trails farther north on Whidbey Island near Coupeville are similar but rockier and generally without the roots. Between the two areas, I prefer this one for fun riding, although there are views on the extreme east and west parts of Fort Ebey and the Kettles.
Review Date April 16, 2003
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: XrayPro
, from Shoreline, Wa
Summary: Start at Edgewood Trail and go north til you get to Oliver Twist. Take the Twist to junction of Coyote and Wyli E Coyote and go right onto Wylie. At the junction of Moss Valley go left and into the muddy section (March-April). Some tricky roots and twists down the moss valley exiting along the main road out to Saratoga or head right up Flying Squirrel. This section has some tricky ups, mud and a few logs. At the top of Squirrel head left onto the new Sleepy Hollow. This is a rudimentary new trail with roots, twists and short steep ups. A few cross wise easy logs takes you down to the main trail of saratoga south loop or head up and one of a number of other paths. You will need a map from Half Link Cycles outside of Freeland. Best to hit this when the rain is less..Lots of horse relief, mosquittos and mud...but very worth it.
Recommended Route: Hmmmmm, I prefer to enter off of Keller Rd to Edgewood trail.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Ebey-Kettles Complex..don't miss Kyles, Grandpa Tree or Shepards Crook
Review Date March 30, 2003
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Stevo
, from Snohomish, WA
Summary: Nice XC ride, although pretty muddy in spots (went in March). Although I didn't run into any, alot of horse owners use it too. Did the Zilly perimeter thing, almost got lost a bunch of times. The trails are nice, but the single trek kicks in more when you criss-cross through the area. Will halfta go back a few times to figure out the trail system. Area's bordered by a tree farm which has more trails too.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Ft. Ebey