I live in Spokane. I’m up north, lots of great riding here IMHO. Have a fantastic HC climb up Mt. Spokane. 13.5 mile 3,900 feet of climbing. A large group rides up there on July 4th every year.
I’ll disagree with a poster above about the Centennial Trail. Up near me it’s a little lumpy, but it’s mostly flat. No cars sure but a pantload of pedestrians, strollers, runners, it gets very crowded once you’re out of downtown heading east towards Coeur d’ Alene. You can barely ride over 15 (the speed limit on the trail). It also effectively goes on for another 80 or so as it links up with the Idaho Centennial Trail.
I rarely have bad interactions with drivers but I ride out of my way to avoid most traffic and my tolerance for drivers and their stuff appears to be exceptionally high (comparatively speaking) so YMMV.
Incredible MTB. Wednesday night races in Riverside State Park, extremely well maintained acreage near the river; easy to get too, lots and lots of features.
Gravel out your ass. Farm roads over hill and dale till the cows come home.
4 seasons for sure but Spring and Fall are stunning. A note about weather I’ll sum it up with a quote;
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within”
It’s all perspective, but I really enjoy the 4 distinct seasons. Summers are hot but fun (unless we get shit on with smoke from fires), Fall is chilly but cozy and Spring brings a tear to your eye it’s so beautiful. Avg over 50” of snow year down in the city, but you’re from Utah so that’ll be no problem.
Real estate prices are astronomical here now. Lots of people moving in from out of state paying stupid money for shit houses. I mean jaw dropping. We used to be known for cheap housing. Those days are gone.
I’ve lived in Portland OR, Seattle, Biloxi MS, Baltimore, SoCal, Okinawa, and the UK.
I’m never leaving again.
However, I’m basically a blue collar guy. Grew up here in the poorest zip code in the state. My HS barely had a 55% graduation rate, and I feel blessed with what I have but feel very very out of place with other cyclists. I grew up playing playground basketball in poor area and have a mouth to show for it (hops and first step are long gone) so I feel a touch…out of place among cyclists. Plus I’m new to the sport so I guess take my opinion with a grain of salt…
I believe the cycling here is underrated.