“An all killer, no filler descent through Larrabee State Park.
— Eric Ashley
A jam-packed descent that irresistibly blends flow and tech as riders play through a beautiful old growth forest at Larrabee State Park. Plus it can easily be shuttled!
Larrabee State Park requires the use of a Discover Pass
for every vehicle that enters the park.
Need to Know
- The Chuckanut Recreation Area is a multi-use trail network formed from a patchwork of State Park, County, DNR, and private land.
- Expect traffic in both directions and yield to hikers and equestrian riders. The Double Diamond Trail is open to pedestrians and sight lines can be poor. Be on the lookout!
- During the dry summer months, the trail can get heavily worn and take on a "bike park" quality with ruts, brake bumps, and such.
Make your way to the Cyrus Gates Overlook by shuttling up Cleator Road
or climbing up the Fragrance Lake Road
. From the parking lot, take a moment to enjoy the view on a clear day and then push up the steep access trail opposite the lookout sign.
Drop into Double Diamond
to the right (south) for loamy turns peppered with roots, rock slabs, and the occasional abrupt corner. A revision in 2015 removed a few of the more technical sections of this trail and replaced them with steep "g-outs." While you're racing down, make sure to enjoy the ferns and trees in this beautiful forest, but also keep an eye out for pedestrians too. Toward the bottom of Double Diamond
pay attention for an understated trail splitting to the left. This is the start of Double Down
. If you go too far and end up on the clearing at Fragrance Lake Road
you can easily retrace your steps.
is steeper and more aggressive (if anyone in your party struggled excessively with Double Diamond
consider finding an alternate route). Otherwise, follow the connection as it briefly intersects with the Fragrance Lake Road
before reaching the proper start of Double Down
. Going forwards, things just get bigger; the trees, the turns, and the optional drops (easier options are generally to the left).
There's nothing particularly unmanageable about the trail but it does require confident handling and precise navigating on the roots, steeps, and cliffside traverses - particularly compared to Double Diamond
. It's also a lot of fun, and you should be all smiles on your way back up for seconds.
The end of Double Down
feeds onto Fragrance Lake Road
, simply follow it down to the Lost Lake Parking Area.
History & Background
Larrabee became Washington's first state park in 1915 and Double Down
became the park's first bike specific trail when it was constructed by the WMBC