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60-70 miles round trip and the BG does NOT go all the way around.
you can get to Marymoor park in Redmond on the trail system from Gasworks Park or even the Ballard Fred Meyer wholly on the trails, then ride the bike lane along Westlake sammammish parkway all the way until you ride under I-90, then directly to the right leads you all the way thru Newcastle and heading on a big downhill for the high school.
Bend left at the high school then bend right will get you to the 405. at the 405 go kitty corner across the intersection (look for the trestle and thats the start of the path connector) to get back onto the lake washington trail and follow that all the way to Renton.
Renton, you work your way around Boeing and the municipal airport, then a little on Rainier Ave S until you pick up a good bike lane to cloverdale and a gas station. bend right at the light, about 15 minutes until a bike route sign directs you to the big downhill to Seward Park, then along lake washington Boulevard, a little confusing thru madison park (follow a rider thru this stretch if you're unsure but it's easy after you've ridden it once.) to mix it up thru the arboreteum to return to the UW across the Montlake cut bridge.
fairly straightforward, but a few confusing spots between lake washington boulevard and the arboretum.
again, check on www.cascade.org
for more specific route advice, someone there will be happy to provide a more detailed turn by turn but this is pretty straightforward and direct.
from kenmore at the north end of the lake, you can cut uphill on Juanita past Bridle Trails state park and all the way thru Kirkland on nice roads there, but then working back thru Bellevue is a cluster so I recommend the westlake sammammish/i-90/newcastle route as a easy to follow connection for a round the lake ride.
its a great ride. there's many other variations as well. the westlake sammammish/cougar mountain/ coal creek is another great variation that adds a significant hill climb for conditioning and a great downhill to coal creek.
Last edited by Bekologist; 10-30-08 at 10:51 AM.