Celebrate Spring: Pedal and Run Your Way Through Northwest Spring Flowers

Outdoor Adventures Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Written by

The cherry blossoms may have come and gone, but springtime is still in full swing in the Northwest. As the sunny days start to add up, why not enjoy the blooming tulips and wildflowers by planning an active adventure? We’ve gathered these not-to-be-missed events across Washington and Oregon to help you plan.


La Conner Tulip Pedal – April 19
Ready to dust off your bikes for a spring ride? On Saturday, April 19, take in the gorgeous tulip fields of La Conner and Mount Vernon with a 20, 40 or 60-mile Tulip Pedal. The mostly flat course offers stunning views of Mount Baker, the surrounding farmland, and of course, the vibrant tulip fields. The course is open and supported with rest stops from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kids under 14 ride free, so pack up some healthy snacks, your camera and plan a family cycling adventure.

Can’t make the April 19th event? Track the tulip’s status on the bloom map for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and plan your own ride.

Winthrop Sunflower Trail Marathon and Relay – May 10
Take in the spectacular sunflower fields of the Methow Valley on an epic mixed-trail run during the Sunflower Trail Marathon and Relay on May 10. Not marathon ready? No problem! Gather a group of five runners and complete it as a relay, with easy, moderate and difficult legs to choose from.


Race for the Tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival – April 19
Just 45 minutes out of Portland, you’ll find 40 acres of colorful tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Ore. Up for a challenge? Sign up for Race for the Tulips 5K run on April 19 and enjoy the scenery while getting a great workout.

If you can’t make the race, check the field report and plan your own adventure before the festival ends on May 4. Family-friendly weekend activities include pony rides, a zip line, climbing wall, archery tag (with blunted bows and arrows), paintball and more. You can also map out a ride in and around Woodburn to explore the town by bike before visiting the festival.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower and Music Festival – May 18
With more than 300 species of wildflowers, the Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene, Ore. is a must-visit for flower enthusiasts. On May 18, you can get celebrate the spring blooms at the Wildflower and Music Festival with a great lineup of music, food and educational booths and guided nature walks.

Whether you’re planning to hit up one of these events or just enjoy the spring blooms around your neighborhood, get out and celebrate an active spring!