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, June 28, 2013

Woodinville - Hollywood Hills - Snoqualmie Valley - Monroe - Snohomish

This 70+ mile ride starts at Magnuson Park and heads north on the Burke Gilman Trail to Log Boom Park then along E Riverside Drive to Woodinville. Climb the Hollywood Hills area for a delightfully peaceful, rural ride toward the Snoqualmie Valley on the way to Monroe. From Monroe head northwest to historic Snohomish which makes a good lunch stop with a good variety of restaurants such as the Snohomish Pie Company. After lunch head south, making your way back to Woodinville on Broadway Ave via Cathcart & Malby. Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville makes a good rest stop before returning to Magnuson Park via the Sammamish River / Burke Gilman Trails.

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

Historic Snohomish