Blanchard Hill - TRAIL

Blanchard Hill - Trail, Alger, Washington

About a 1,500 ft climb in approximatly 4 miles. At the top you go left to Lilly lake or right to Lizzard lake. You can also take other trails that are part of the network. You will also find them linked to the PNT. You can ride over Chuckanut Mt. down to Hwy 11 "Chuckanut drive" but you better lower your seat!! and you will be walking back up.

User Reviews (7)

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Lisa Bedker   [May 18, 1999]

Very challenging climb. I have never made it up without stopping, and I am a fairly strong climber.
Woods are lush, downhill is fast. Short, but fun.

Customer Service

Start from the very bottom so you can ride the singletrack switchbacks down.

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Mo   [Sep 11, 1999]

This trail is truly amazing. I did not believe I would ever make it to the top, it just kept going and going... If you have strong legs and a huge appetite for uphills, this is the place for you. You will be rewarded for your efforts by a magnificent view of the San Juan Islands at the top. Stay to the right on your way up, Bob's Shortcut is not so short...

Customer Service

Park in the first parking lot. It will be on your right as you come into the park. Turn right out of the lot and the trail will be on your right about 150 feet up the road. Go up. Find the Bat Caves. Enjoy the best view you will ever have of the San Juans. Bring snacks, it is a steady uphill battle and you will need energy for the descent!

Similar Products Used: Galbraith, Lake Padden, The Dump (Anacortes ACFL area, for directions stop by and see The Aussie at the Anacortes Cyclery)
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Jeff   [Jan 23, 2000]

Rode up there on the 17th of January and there was up to a foot of snow at the top. It is rideable but be ready to climb and don't leave your light in your car! The climb is long but it is worth it because the downhill is fast and technical in places.

Customer Service

Park in the first parking lot and climb the road about 3/4 of a mile until you come to a trailhead on your left. Take this all the way up to Lilly Lake and go left or right.

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Ben   [Feb 22, 2000]

This is my favorite trail around here. At the top there is a beautiful view of the San Juans. Bring a flash light and check out the Bat Caves. Makes for a great ride down too.

Customer Service

I like to go up from the Alger side, rather than from Chuckanut. If you want a shorter ride go up the road a ways further and there are several trail heads that lead to the top.

Similar Products Used: The horse trails behind Lake Padden and Galbrith
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Ray Pickens   [May 09, 2000]

This trail is steep in places and may have to walk in places. There are lots of logs to ride over. This trail will meet up with the Blanchard hill trail so you can still go to the bat caves or Oyster dome. the trip back down is fun, lower your seat and go for it.

Customer Service

Travel past trail head north about 1/4 mile to Alternate incline trail that will take you to lizard lake then to lily lake

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Mike   [Aug 16, 2000]

This trail has just about everything. Great cardio workout on the way up. Some cool beaver dams near Lilly lake, and if you go to the top of the bat caves you get to enjoy one of the best views in Washington. On a clear day you can see dozens of islands, including Vancouver island in Canada. Then there is always the ride down!! Lower your seat if yours is too wide to get behind and let it fly. Great hardpacked dirt and plenty of speed. Watch the trees, they tend to jump out when least expected. Plenty of quick drops to keep you thinking the entire way down. All in all a great ride.

Customer Service

Take the fire road up to the Hangglider launch and check out some cool flying. If your lucky you might even see some backflipping acrobatics!!! After you've had your fun drive back down to the trailhead and go for it.

Similar Products Used: Galbraith
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Evan   [May 15, 2002]

Park in the lower lot (about half a mile in) and ride the road up to the main trailhead. From there it is a consistently steep climb for the next 4-5 miles. about 1/3 of the way up you'll see the Pacific Northwest Trail branch off to your left. This will take you out to the Hang Glider launch and ultimately down to Chuckanut Drive (leaving a shuttle vehicle there is a nice option) Otherwise continue up the main trail until the next juncture which is the Lily/Lizard Lakes trail. To your right lies Lizzard Lake, the Incline Trail and the British Army Trail. Both Trails are fun, but short compared to riding back down the main trail, and they dump you out on a logging road that traverses the Northeast side of the mountain. Follow this back to your rig. To your left at the Lily/Lizzard Lakes trail juncture is Lily Lake, Max's shortcut, the Bat Caves cliff and the Bat Caves trail. The view from the cliffs is sweet, and the ride back down to the other trails is fun, steep and technical.
Max's short cut heads down and links up with the PNT which you can take either direction. It is fast and keeps you on your toes with switch backs and sudden small drops. It is a hoot.
I have yet to meet someone who can ride the entire Bat Caves trail. It is steep, gnarly, rooted, off camber, nasty, rocky, loose, wet and beautiful. This trail hooks up with the PNT below the Hang Glider launch. The ride down from there to Chuckanut is a thing of beauty. The trail is buff, narrow, fast and steep. Switch backs and trees looming over the uphill portion of the trail keep you buisy.
This is a high use area, and there are plenty of presents left behind by the horses (whose owners built much of the trail system) and families out for day hikes. The terrain is not particularly technical, but one should be reasonably fit and have a bike that is up to the task.
I recommend this as a great night riding area, because you rarely run into other trail users at that time, and thus you can go at a pace that suits you.

Customer Service

Take the Alger Exit and proceed West to Barrel Springs Road. Turn up to Blanchard at the sign for the Blanchard Hill Trail.

Similar Products Used: Galbraith, Snakeonia etc.
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