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Old 07-27-11, 05:11 PM   #1
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Best downhills in Seattle area?

So, I'm looking for some tips on good fast downhills in the Seattle area. By "good" I mean, decent pavement, a shoulder, no stop signs or lights, and little to nothing to worry about. You know, something where you can really hammer the pedals and then just tuck. By "Seattle area", I mean within say a 50 mile radius or so. Even better if you know of some in Kitsap County as that's where I live.

I grew up in West Seattle and Admiral was always my go to hill. This would be an example of a so-so hill. The pavement was never great, lots of cracks, and there were a lot of side streets and driveways to watch out for. It was decently fast though.

So, does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 07-27-11, 07:23 PM   #2
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There's a climb on the STP route near Spanaway that I imagine would be pretty fun going down. Discovery Park has some fun descents, but nothing that lasts too long, still doesn't take much effort to hit 40mph though.

Maybe out near Issaquah?
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It's a bit further than 50 miles, but the descent on SR-2 coming down Stevens Pass into Skykomish/Index is awesome. 20 miles long, and for the first 16 miles of it you can do about 40mph just coasting and not even tucking in aero.
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Novelty Hill from Redmond Ridge to Avondale is a good one. 2.25 miles, and I've maxed at 52mph. I haven't seen the condition during the widening project, so give it a good once-over on the ride up.

Also from Redmond Ridge -
+ Union Hill is a badass one. 9% with a double S-curve and a great runout.
+ Trilogy Parkway/133rd Ave

Nearby to the Ridge: Woodinville-Duvall Road down to Snoqualmie Valley Rd. is a couple miles long with no traffic lights and a good shoulder.
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Best downhills near kitsap county?

Find the Big Quilcene road and ride it from 4,000 foot Scar Pass. a ripping descent past the Mount Townsend trailhead road, paved for 95 percent of its descent to Puget Sound.

Ride it!

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It's a bit further than 50 miles, but the descent on SR-2 coming down Stevens Pass into Skykomish/Index is awesome. 20 miles long, and for the first 16 miles of it you can do about 40mph just coasting and not even tucking in aero.
I like the old cascade highway, pick it up right at the stevens pass summit, go north off the road 100 feet shy of the summit past an avalanche shed on a gravel road, it turns back to pavement all the way to the iron goat trailhead. A narrow bridge keeps it clear of thru traffic. you can take the old cascade highway a half mile or so further down the road to go past deception falls on the back side...... nicest descent off of Stevens pass and beats the traffic on the highway. the lower reaches of the old cascade road are absolutely idyllic.
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in the city, the decent on innes arden road past shoreline community college is a 50mph plus road. so is the road in west seattle to duwamish - but its a heck of a stop at the bottom, brakes need be GOOD.
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Some Eastside descents:

Lakemont Blvd is a great 50+ mph route, although a little short it's in great shape with a dedicated bike lane.

The South side of Tiger Mountain is a great 2+ mile descent where you can easily get up some great speed on a quiet road. Climbing the South and descending the North is a great descent if you like taking corners at speed, but watch out when it gets wet!

Highlands/Sunset into downtown Issaquah is another road in great condition and has very little traffic during the day.
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Thanks for all the ideas everyone. I will definitely be making up a list to check out each and everyone of these.

A little farther from home, has anyone ever ridden Mt. Hood in OR? I was seriously thinking of riding the Hood River Gran Fondo. Last year they advertised a 20 mile climb to the peak of Mt. Hood with a 35 mile downhill run to the finish line.
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Out of your range, but the descent from Paradise to Ashford is epic. The pavement is mostly excellent and the curves are perfect for ripping through at speed.
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