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Pilchuck Tree Farm

Average Rating:    (3.64 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

lots of stuff. to much to list. you could ride here for hours without seeing the same thing twice. also great for groups with varying skill levels.
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Latitude
48.24170986513847
Longitude
-122.16934204101562
Trail Directions
I-5 north from seattle (south from Bellingham)to Arlington exit. head east about 4 miles to highway 9. turn left on 9. follow 1.8 miles untill you see very steep off shoot on the right. follow up to trail head.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Arlington
   


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Review Date
April 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: highcountry ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you enjoy using this trail system please be advised it is completely closed through May 1, 2004. This means the gates are closed and locked and signs are posted. I don't know the reason. I know they are actively logging in some areas.

Just a reminder that the Victoria Tract of the Pilchuck Tree farm closes the trails every winter. You are only allowed to ride on the roads.

I am a member of Backcountry Horsemen of Washington. One of our members lived adjacent to the tree farm for many years. He built a large portion of the trails near the Victoria Tract. If you enjoy those trails, remember to thank a horse rider. His last work party was two months before he passed away. He was in his late 70's. When was your last work party?

If we all treat each other with respect, we will all be able to continue using this private resource.

Recommended Route:
None at this time because it's closed.



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Review Date
August 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Neil ,  Cross Country Rider , from Lake Stevens, WA

Summary:
ALERT: This trail (as well as its cousin, the Armstrong Tract) is temporarily closed due to extreme fire hazard!!! Please respect the owner's wishes (this IS provate property) and stay away until we get some substantial rainfall. Thanks!!!



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Review Date
October 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Nick , from Lake Stevens

Summary:
At the top at the clearing, find your singletrack from there. There are many single tracks down the hill but you can continue to the monument. And to the rider who had said that he didnt want to spook any horses while he whips around the corners, the rider whether horse or bike that is traveling up hill has the right of way. But I do not think that it is a good idea to ride your horse on extremly muddy days, it ruins the trails and it seams to me like it maybe dangerous to the horse when it slips so much in the mud.

Recommended Route:
From 300th st. entrance ride up the fire road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you have a good amount of time to drive from my area, go up to bellingham where the real mountian biking is



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Review Date
October 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Neil , from Lake Stevens

Summary:
Been up a few times this year and have to say some of the trails are getting a bit torn up. There are still many, many good miles of trail out there to check out, but I have given up on a couple of my favorite runs due to excessive ruts. Of course, I do admit that is from the perspective of my hard tail. I am looking forward to getting up there with my new dualie and checking it out again. Now, to address some of the comments below I'm not trying to dis the horse folks, and I do appreciate fully the fact they built - and mostly maintain - these trails, however the simple fact is that in soft conditions, horses can make trails virtually unrideable by bikes. I don't know if the converse is true, but I suspect the relative impacts are not comparable. Therefore, I don't think it is a bad idea at all to designate some trails bike only - not least so we don't have to worry about spooking a multiple hundred pound animal as we come whipping around a corner. Of course, I guess that means we bikers need to get out and build and maintain them . . . At any rate, just keep this in mind if you go. The main roads and some of the more "established" trails will be fine. In the lower lying areas it is just not worth it.

Recommended Route:
Hmmmm . . .

Other recommended trails in the same area:
St Ed's, Victoria tract, Tolt-MacDonald



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Review Date
September 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Wilbur , from Seattle

Summary:
Not much past intermediate. The highest climb can't be any more than 2 miles. The 300th street gate has some fun trials to noodle around in and practice balance and turns. Pilchuck lacks a long, fast drop. Some rocks would be nice.
Steve Hout rocks. I give it a four star rating because it is very accessible. Great place to get into mountain biking. I am extremely grateful to the owners for letting us ride there.

Recommended Route:
Park and grab some single-track. If you can't find a zippy little run then you need to head for home and watch another episode of "Friends". Real mountain bikers go UP the single-track as well as down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Take the time to drive to Devil's Gulch or Mission Ridge.



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