Double Diamond to Double Down
ElevationAscent: 6' 2 m
Descent: -1,684' -513 m
High: 1,876' 572 m
Low: 199' 61 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“An all killer, no filler descent through Larrabee State Park.”— Eric Ashley
- 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.
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.
Double Down 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.
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Local Club: WMBC - Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Jun 11, 2019: Spring/Summer Youth Programs
Feb 28, 2019: The WMBC is hiring a Seasonal Trail Crew Lead
Land Manager: WSP - Larrabee State Park