This fast, smooth single-track traces the scenic Lewis River through old-growth Douglas firs and western red cedars every bit as grand as California’s redwoods. It’s an up-and-down roller-coaster ride that will wear the winter right out of your legs, and it has five access points, so you won’t be short on out-and-back options. Most bikers start near Curly Creek Falls, where the trail is flattest and least populated with hikers. Or, for dramatic scenery, crank your gears up the northernmost stretch, where you’ll find a series of rushing waterfalls and dark pools perfect for a cool dip.
ROUND TRIP: Up to 26 miles
NEAREST TOWN: Cougar, Wash.
DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN: 83 miles
PACK: Mountain Biking Oregon; Green Trails Map No. 365; Northwest Forest Pass ($5)