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Double Diamond to Double Down

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An all killer, no filler descent through Larrabee State Park.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,876' 572 m

High

199' 61 m

Low

6' 2 m

Up

1,684' 513 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

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Larrabee State Park requires the use of a Discover Pass for every vehicle that enters the park.

Overview

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!

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.

Description

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.

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.

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 in 2015.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Ashley

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  4.8 from 11 votes

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Photos

Bryn Atkinson puts on a cornering clinic on some fine Chuckanut trails.
Apr 12, 2017 near Bellingham, WA
Russell Stevenson drops into the log-lined g-out. You can catch some good air out of the other side, just be ready to get bucked a bit.
Aug 29, 2017 near Bellingham, WA
Matthew McCluskey winds his way through one of the area's neatest forests.
Oct 21, 2015 near Bellingham, WA
Becca heads in on a steep root section on upper Double Diamond Trail.
Aug 1, 2016 near Bellingham, WA
Kelend Hawks tabling some style on Double Diamond.
Oct 21, 2015 near Bellingham, WA
Fast berms invite riders to let it rip on Double Down. You just have to be able to hold on once things get rougher.
Aug 29, 2017 near Bellingham, WA

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Check-Ins

Jul 13, 2019
Alex Prak
Jun 19, 2019
Mike Hale
Shuttles twice with Kyle L 4.8mi — 12h 30m
Aug 25, 2018
Wynn Clarke
Jun 24, 2018
Vince George
Sep 14, 2017
Alex Polyak
Jun 26, 2017
Jennifer Wolf
Feb 23, 2017
Andy Mac
Rode from parking gate at Fragrance Lake to the top of Cyrus Gates Overlook, dropped Double Diamond to Double Down. Fucking awesome. Solid techy ridin 7.3mi
Jul 12, 2016
Keith Russell