Bicycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Tacoma and Pierce County. Biking is a year-round activity that helps make this area an active, healthy, vibrant place to live and play.
Spring brings out road cyclists for individual and organized rides. Courses vary in difficulty as they take advantage of our varied geography of flat shoreline and valley trails to rolling hills and steep climbs.
If you prefer coming home with your clothes dirty, Pierce County has a number of mountain biking trails. The rainy weather and natural terrain provide plenty of mud, obstacles and hills for beginning or experienced riders.
Families and recreational riders don’t have to go far for fun on two wheels. Paved trails bring riders close to nature along the Tacoma waterfront, around the Chambers Bay Golf Course and through the farmlands of the Orting Valley.
Here are some bicycling events and locations for all types of bike riders.
Road Bike Events
BikeroBrew Tour: Local history and Tacoma breweries are featured in this 5-mile ride, scheduled on various Saturdays from May to September.
Bike to a Business: Every month through November 2017, a different Tacoma business offers deals to customers who arrive by bicycle.
Mountain Bike Trails
360 Park, Kitsap Peninsula: This 360-acre park includes two trails specifically built for mountain biking.
Crystal Mountain: Beautiful ridges, exposed switchbacks, alpine lakes and grueling climbs are all part of the 14-mile loop trail.
Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood: The 7-mile trail is suitable for beginning or experienced riders. Of note: The park will host the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships.
Swan Creek Park, east Tacoma: Explore 50 miles of an easy perimeter trail, advanced trails and a technical skill building zone.
Recreational Bike Trails
Paved, mostly flat trails can be found in a number of Pierce County communities:
Sumner Link Trail, Sumner
Cushman Trail, Gig Harbor
Chambers Creek Regional Park, University Place
Foothills Trail, from Puyallup to the Orting Valley