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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lake Washington - Lake Sammamish Loop

This 76 mile ride starts at Magnuson Park and heads south on Burke-Gilman Trail through UW and then over the Montlake Bridge. Just follow the Lake WA Loop signs to the shores of Lake WA and continue onto Seward Park. Take the short climb up Juneau St and onto Seward Park Dr toward Renton. Once around the south end of the lake head north on Lake WA Blvd past the Seahawk Training Center and head over I-405 on Lake WA Blvd/112th Ave through Newcastle. Once over the climb up to Coal Creek Parkway take May Valley Road through the horse farms of southeast King County and onto Issaquah. Take the Issaquah-Preston/Highland Dr bike trail to the Issaquah plateau and onto Sammamish. Descend 228th Ave to Lake Sammamish Pkwy and onto Marymoor Park. Continuing north take the Sammamish River Trail and then the Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) to Log Boom Park and the north end of the lake. Continue on the BGT to return to Magnuson Park.

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

May Valley Road