Duthie Hill Park is a tightly packed bundle of awesome that serves up beginner XC trails to advanced jump lines. This is a great lap to familiarize yourself with the available trails and it's also a good warm-up before hitting more difficult options.
From the main parking lot follow the Duthie Access Path
, keep right during short sections of one-way traffic. In just a bit, connect to the Duthie Access Road
as it heads toward the clearing at the center of the park.
Near the crest of the road climb, look for a path on the right connecting to Bootcamp
. Flowing clockwise, Bootcamp
is Duthie's easiest trail and features gentle climbs and descents that are welcoming to families and new riders. More experienced riders will still have fun with the easy going berms as it heads toward the clearing.
The large clearing functions as a "hub" with some skills features, pump tracks, a pavilion, and the start and finish for many of the trails. For now, proceed across the clearing toward the collection of skinnies and log rides next to the entrance of Step It Up
Step It Up
is a natural progression from Bootcamp
, with steeper climbs and descents and a few trickier spots. There's not a whole lot in the way of features, but a few nice rollers can add some fun airtime. The rolling elevation continues as the trail winds its way along the park's boundary. Pay attention to the wooden start platform passed toward the end of Step It Up
. The wooden ramp marks the start of Ryan's Eternal Flow
and Gravy Train
. The end of the trail feeds into a clearing next to the start of Bootcamp
Head into Bootcamp
to your left and begin climbing through the ferns and trees. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, there are a few optional wood features to test your balance. The climbing will level out just before the point you began riding on Bootcamp
earlier. Continue descending Bootcamp
, but this time look for the start of Deuces Wild
on the right.
is a well built dual slalom trail that is designed to allow riders to pit their skills head-to-head against each other. If you're with a friend, it can be a lot of fun to lineup on the start gate and drop in on the track at the same time. You'll likely find one of you is quicker through the pumps, jumps, and berms that follow as the trail rushes back toward the clearing.
That's the end of this introductory! You can head back to your car via the Duthie Access Road
and Duthie Access Path
. But, now that you're warmed up, a better option would be to explore more!
Consider repeating a portion of this lap to really nail a section of trail, or go practice your dropping skills off the ladders in the clearing. When you're ready for more challenge, explore Ryan's Eternal Flow
for plunging gully traverses and your first taste of the wood ramps used in the park to allow trails to cross one another. Spoiler, they are steep the first time you ride them.
Jabulani (AKA 2Hi)
and Voodoo Child
are good intermediate jump trails and Gravy Train
is a great way to get comfortable with gaps, though each jump gets progressively larger so know what you're getting in to. If you're looking for harder cross country riding, check out Movin' On
Duthie Hill Park was a collaboration between Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County. Since it opened in 2010 the trails have become a hugely popular area for locals and visitors who want to quickly escape to the woods, work on some skills, and enjoy a great ride.