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.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Snohomish - Granite Falls - Arlington

This 46 mile ride was sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club starting at the Pilchuck trail head on the Centennial Trail just north of Snohomish. After a  3 mile warm up on the Centennial Trail the ride travels through the rural countryside to Jordan Bridge Park. After crossing this foot bridge over the south fork of the Stillaguamish River there is a short (0.4 mile) section that has a steep 9% average grade as it ascends to Burns Road before the descent into Arlington. After lunch in Arlington (try the Blue Bird Cafe at 308 N Olympic) return to Snohomish via the Centennial Trail.

For details on this route such as map, ride stats, full directions and elevation profile:visit RideWithGPS

Jordan Bridge