Snohomish County Bikes: Will Bike for Pie

Happy cyclist at Snohomish Pie Company.

Happy cyclist at Snohomish Pie Company.

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To say I love pie is an understatement. They are hands down my favorite dessert. I am especially fond of fresh fruit pies and have devoted hours to picking blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and huckleberries for the sole purpose of turning them into pies.

My partner Steve is an amazing pie baker (his wild huckleberry pie is consistently a top draw at our annual auction) and indulges me with a birthday pie every year. He’s convinced that his pies are the key to my heart. He’s right.

I am always searching for a good pie and I have planned recreation destinations around pie. For instance, some of my Mount Rainier hikes and cross-country ski tours were chosen because I could reward myself afterwards with a slice of blackberry pie from the Copper Creek Inn in Ashford. Yum!

And of course I will bike for pie. How far will I bike for a tasty slice of pie? I once pedaled from my apartment in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood to the Snohomish Pie Company in historic downtown Snohomish—a round-trip distance of about 72 miles. I followed the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails to Woodinville, then navigated a mix of roads through suburbia until I reached the picturesque Snohomish Valley.

Last year, Snohomish County purchased the railroad right-of-way that will extend the county’s beloved Centennial Trail from the town of Snohomish south to the King County line. When that new trail is built, I may again bike to Snohomish for another slice of pie!

Tell us your pie story. Where and how far have you biked for pie?

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  1. Cathy Donaldson
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I have successfully transported one of Tom Douglas’s small Dahlia Bakery Coconut cream pies in my Ortlieb rear pannier. I’ve also managed to carry a homemade cheesecake from Ballard to West Seattle for Easter brunch.

    Just make sure it’s either a square pie, or in a square box. The reaction you get when you pull a pie out of your bike bag is priceless.

    And, yeah, that pie in Ashford. I know it well.

    Cathy Donaldson

    • Barb Chamberlain
      Posted May 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      Love it, Cathy! Layer cake, anyone?

  2. Barb Chamberlain
    Posted April 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Your ride sounds fantastic. We’d love a blog post with pictures when you do it again!

  3. Posted April 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Will try that ride sometime! My pal and I biked on the Cedar River Trail, destination, Black Diamond Baker. We had to cut our ride short due to hills (bike newbies), but we drove the remaining miles to sit and have some pie. We’ll do the round trip in another month or so after we are trained a little better. 🙂