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, May 7, 2013

Urban Century

This ride starts at Gas Works Park and heads west to Discovery Park and Magnolia. Then its onto Seattle's Waterfront and the International District, passing under the China Gate on King Street. Take the I-90 Trail/Tunnel/Bridge to Mercer Island Way West. Taking a counter clockwise route around the island, round the south end of the island to Mercer Island Way East to the East Channel Bridge and Bellevue. Head north to Lake Washington Blvd on 108th Ave then over Clyde Hill on 24th St to 112th Ave, skirting Kirkland or have lunch there.

Kirkland makes a great stop for lunch since it offers a wide variety of eateries (try Taco Del mar for a quick burrito). Kirkland's Marina Park makes a great place to eat or just take a break there. From Marina Park take Kirkland Ave to State Street which intersects 68th St to continue up Rose Hill.

Climb up Rose Hill toward Redmond and Marymoor Park. From Marymoor Park head south on East Lake Sammamish Pkwy to Issaquah. Head west on West Sammamish Pkwy to SE Newport Way toward Factoria. Take 124th Bike Trail to Coal Creek Pkwy / 119th Ave to Newport Hills then down to Lake Washington Blvd and into Renton. After passing along the south end of Lake Washington head north through Renton Airport toward Seward Park. Continue on Lake Washington Blvd to the I-90 tunnel and back to the International District via Dearborn. Continue along Seattle's waterfront through the Olympic Sculpture, Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks to Fisherman's Terminal and return to Gas Works Park via S Ship Canal Trail, Fremont Bridge and the Burke-Gilman Trail.

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

East Portal Viewpoint looking east toward Mercer Island