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Mountain biking on Orcas Island favors quality over quantity

The variety packed into a handful of trails will make you eager to come back year after year

Talus Lantz midair with his bike in the dense forestry.
Talus Lantz tweaks his bike over a jump on Powerline trail on Orcas Island Oct. 9. The older, second-growth forests on Orcas make for undergrowth — a major appeal of the trails on the island. When given decades of time to recover from logging, a forest will absorb dead and fallen trees, and fungus breaks down old logs churning them into a layer of plush, red and brown dirt. (Andrew Ford/Cascadia Daily News)
By Andrew Ford Visual Journalism Intern
For four years, my friends and I have made an annual fall voyage to “Washington’s Hawaii” —
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