OverviewMeadow Dale makes a good but short bike ride and is also a good trail for running to get in shape for mountaineering. It's recommended for local people of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mukilteo or anywhere near by. For anyone else, to be honest you would be better off find other trails due to the shortness of this one. Now just because it's short doesn't mean it's easy to ride, on some parts of the trail it becomes considerably steep and at one point I recommend walking your bike. Be sure to have good brakes because there are logs you have to avoid and lots of people hike up and down on a sunny day. Once you get past the steep zone, you can ride the rest of the way easily. It's a foresty environment so it doesn't feel much like a city trail, although it's a wide dirt trail. Half way through there's a poll up bar, and a river that is visible on the trail. Near the end there's a park with picnic tables and a volleyball court. At the end of the trail there's a beach which has a view of the ocean and of coarse the Olympic Mountains.
How to get thereIn Northern Lynnwood Take Highway 99 north or south depending on were you are. Turn to 148th Street SW (Norma Beach Road, if you were going north from 99, you would take a right, and if you were going South from highway 99, you would take a right which both go West. After about a mile take a left onto 52 Ave W which goes South. Very soon on your right you come up to 156th Street SW which you follow this until your there. At the end of the road it's a steep down hill into a parkinglot.
AlternativesThere is a mini trail near the parkinglot on the left if you look near the playground, but is rougher and there are fallen over trees. If you do take this route, be sure to take the left fork because the right one goes somewere else.
Near the end there is extended biking by walking your bike up the other side of the hill, recommended for those who love speed, although be careful riding through the streets because once you get to the top of the other hill, it goes into a naborhood setting. But it is definatly worth your ryle for thrill seekers ;-) or people who want to have fun.
When to BikeAll Year, although be careful in the winter Months because there is sometimes snow and ice. Also there have been washouts from the creek. In Summer, or a really nice day be aware because there are often a lot of people, so yield to hikers, but I like to ride on cloudier days.
Also late in the day is nice because there is often less people and you get to wait and watch the sunset.