I'll be in the Seattle area this weekend with a friend and I'm looking for some advice on a route we might be doing. My friend is fairly new to riding, he hasn't done more than maybe 20 miles in one ride but he's caught the bug and I think he could handle something around 30-35 miles.
We're looking at starting in Issaquah riding along the east side of Lake Sammamish through Marymoor Park, along the Sammamish River trail to Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery/Redhook Brewery. Then, either continue on the Sammamish River Trail, or take the Tolt Pipeline Trail past Norway Hill Park and Blythe Park, to catch the Burke-Gilman Trail, head through UW and finish at Gas Works Park.
I'm not that familiar with the areas; I know Issaquah pretty well, I've been the Ste. Michelle/Redhook, and UW but never on bike. Because I don't know the trails and I want to make sure my friend has a good time I have a myriad of questions. Any help you could offer would be great.
Does this route seem reasonable? The Tolt Pipeline Trail looks like it has a couple of climbs, how are they? Would you take the Sammamish River trail or the Tolt Pipeline? Do the trails connect pretty well or will we be taking streets to make connections? Are the trails labelled? Are they continuous, no under construction bits (mapmyride and ridewithgps are both driving me crazy trying to follow the trails and not the roads)? Anyone have a map/cuesheet of this route or portions of it?
I've basically got cue sheets from seattlebiketours.org but without knowing the trails, they seem somewhat vague. Thanks for any help you could give.