When I moved to Seattle from the east coast about 25 years ago, I started to explore the city and the surrounding area by bike; first, commuting to work and then adding fitness rides to my commuting trips. What I found were challenging routes that gave me a great workout but also some beautiful scenery, great parks, spectacular views plus interesting restaurants, cafes, bistros and bakeries along the way to stop for a snack or a cold drink. I think that by traveling by bike, at my own pace on quite streets and trails, through neighborhoods and parks, I have seen the Seattle area in a way I would not have experienced otherwise. I want to share with you the rides that have given me such a unique insight into our city and surrounding area. Whether you are new to town or a native, I hope you’ll find something to enjoy in these rides that have become my favorites.

This blog describes several loop bicycle rides in and around the Seattle metropolitan area with rides for every level of cyclist. Many of the loop rides can be combined or can be done as a shorter “out and back ride”. Each loop described on this blog includes a convenient start/end point that offers ample parking for those transporting their bicycle. Any loop can be done in either direction.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Gas Works Park-Volunteer Park-West Seattle-Fishermen's Terminal

33 Mile Loop Bike Ride with a lot of variety

This ride starts at Gas Works Park and offers a variety of quite neighborhood streets, busy downtown roads, a couple of nice hills and views of Puget Sound. The ride also offers a lot of opportunities to explore further off the described route with possible detours such as:
(a) Volunteer Park off 19th Ave NE
(b) Seward Park off I-90 trail/tunnel
(c) High Point in West Seattle off California/Alaska/37th Ave
(d) Pike Place Market off Elliott Bay Trail
(e) Fishermen's Terminal

For more details on this ride visit RIDEWithGPS for a map, ride stats, full directions and elevation profile:
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Hamilton Viewpoint, West Seattle