Summary: Overall these are very fun trails, especially as they hook up with the Big Finn Hill trails if you use the connectors in front of Bastyr College. Mainly up and down single track, the trails are ridebale year round, though they are certainly drier and faster in the summer. No major stunts, but it's a good work out considering you can ride them at a pretty fast pace. A few ravines to ride down, some jumps in Big Finn, and a beautiful State Park to chill out in when you're done.
Overall I like these trails a lot, great place to ride close to the city, with some pretty flowy singletrack.
Recommended Route: Park at St. Edwards next to the baseball fields, then ride up the volunteer trail towards Juanita drive. Cross the park entrance road, and hit the trails in front of Bastyr headed south. Eventually you'll hook up with the Big Finn Hill trail system, stay right as much as possible when the trail splits, and you'll do a big counter-clockwise loop around Big Finn and reconnect with the St. Ed's trails. When you get back to the entrance road crossing, go straight on the Juanita trail (this is a great trail to go fast down, lots of corners to rail). At the end of Juanita Trail, turn around and climb back up it, then go right down the Volunteer Trail you first came up. This will eventually come back out on the St. Ed's road, cross over it to the Plateau trail. It's not long, but make the climb to the very top b the water tower, then turn around and come backt he way you came.
Lots of intersection trails in these areas, but neither park is very big, so feel free to explore. I can ride pretty much all the trails there in less than two hours.
If you like to climb, take the 0.62 mile Seminary trail down to the beach, then clim back up.
Summary: I just rode this trail for the first time today, but was fortunate enough to meet up with a couple of nice guys at the QFC parking lot who let me ride along. We rode most of the trails in about an hour and a half, and we certainly weren't in a hurry. That said, I had a whole lot of fun. There are a bunch of quick ups and downs, as well as countless fairly tame switchbacks to keep things interesting, but nothing really insane. My biggest gripe is the number of fallen trees in the trails. What's the state's solution? They pile smaller tree limbs on either side to make a 'friendly' obstacle... rrright. Actually, it wasn't too bad, and most were ridable, but there were a few that should've just been cleared.
Also, whoever wrote that you can't get lost here is just plain wrong. I was fortunate to have a couple of experienced 'guides' to show me around, cause otherwise I'm quite certain that I would still be lost back there in all of the loops.
Finally, I read through every poster's directions to St. Edwards, and few were of little help, so here's what I'll offer: The address to the QFC across the street from the St. Edwards entrance, is:
14130 Juanita Drive NE
Bothell, WA 98011
If you use mapquest.com, chances are you'll get accurate door to door directions. Conveniently, most people also park in the QFC lot, and as far as I can tell, QFC doesn't mind one bit. Alright, that's about it, so give the place a visit, and you'll probably keep coming back.
Recommended Route: I dunno yet... we rode about the whole thing and it was all pretty fun. Only one caution: if you ride a hardtail like me, stay far from the freeride section... that stuff's just not meant for us. : )
Other recommended trails in the same area: None, so far... Discovery park isn't bad if you're in the Magnolia area and just want some exercise, but nothing technical, except for a few insanely steep staircases that I stay away from. Nice views of the sound on a clear day, too.
Review Date August 16, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 3 of 5
Technical Difficulty 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: Adam
, from Finn Hill, Bothell, WA
Summary: I usually ride these trails about 2 to 3 times a week becauses I live about 10 blocks away. It is mostly single track loops. You'll never get lost. You can get going fast through some of these trails. Very fun. Great for first timers. Not much climbing.
Recommended Route: Go to the Dip (AKA Gravity Pit, and other countless names I've heard). If you are coming from ST. Edwards Park, Cross over Holmes Point Drive going away from QFC enter the trail and stay to the right. Although recently I went in it when someone was coming from the other side. I had just dropped into it when I saw him and slammed on my brakes. My Bike started skidding and my feet came off the pedals and I got tossed over my bars and luckily landed on a large piece of broken glass. I drove myself to the hospital and ended up with a 1 inch wide and about 1 inch deep laceration on my lower left back. But don't worry I went the next day and found the piece of glass and it is now in my possesion.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Cross over to the Finn Hill Trails too. They are just as great.
Review Date June 29, 2003
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Robb
, from Seattle
Summary: I've heard about this place for a long time but just made it up there this morning. I'm a fairly good trail rider and just starting to take on some challenging stuff. I had a blast at St.Eds. There is a little bit of stuff for every level of rider and a lot of stuff for beginners. If you go early you can expect a lot of spider webs accross your face. Anyway, great place for so close in to the city.
Recommended Route: From downtown go north on 5 and take the 145th exit. Go west to lakecity way and turn left heading north. Follow that to 68th and turn left going south. Go all the way up the hill to the QFC. Park in their lot and head accross the street.
Review Date June 16, 2003
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Paul
, from bothell
Summary: Compared to some of the other trails that Western Washington has to offer (Galbraith, Arlington/Pilchuck Tree Farm, Tiger Mountain, etc), St. Edward isn't all that special. However, this trail network is open year-round, and offers some really fun swoopy trails, and even some stunts and jumps. This is a great place for a beginner rider to go get some technical skills without getting too frustrated, and equally a great place for anyone but the most stuck-up, shuttling downhiller to go for an enjoyable burn. You can spend anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours here, depending on how much time you have. Just keep an eye out for joggers and walkers when you are tearing around corners! They will appreciate it. :)
Recommended Route: Park in the QFC parking lot off Juanita Drive, and head across the street. Head towards the intersection to grab a convenient trailhead. With Juanita Drive and QFC behind you, the trails to the left head towards Finn Hill, and the trails to the right lead towards Bastyr University and St. Edward Park.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Finn Hill State Park