DAY TRIPPING Packing the panniers with lunch and having a picnic is one of the great joys of bicycling in our area. There are so many options for great trips, and so many of these trails are accessible with kids in tow. Here are some fun, familyfriendly short jaunts. All mileage is given as one-way.
Tommy Thompson Trail Anacortes Trailhead: 22nd Street or 11th Street Length: 3.3 miles Difficulty: Easy
Historically significant, the Tommy Thompson is a trail worthy of your afternoon. If you want to get really multi-modal, there’s a ferry terminal four miles west of the trail for extensive outdoor biking adventures. The ferries depart for the San Juans on a regular schedule. This is yet another railway bed that was part of the Rails to Trails program. The grades are gentle and slow, the trails relatively well groomed, and wide enough to accommodate bikes, dogs, and joggers. The trail is named for a local railroad hobbyist who hand-built the Anacortes railway. The trail rolls along the shoreline before crossing Fidalgo Bay on a long trestle that connects Weaverling Spit and March’s Point. The trail itself is festooned with public art and points of interest, and it’s worth lingering on it for an afternoon to enjoy everything it offers. There are views of Mount Baker in the distance on a clear day. A great trail for everyone in the family, the TT is a special asset in lovely Anacortes.
Bellingham Alive | NSL June | July 2016