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Old 01-13-14, 01:15 PM   #1
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Centennial Trail Connection to Sammamish River Trail

I would like to bike the Centennial Trail from its Northern most point to West Seattle. Ideally, I would take the following route:

Centennial Trail -->
Sammamish River Trail -->
Burke-Gilman Trail -->
South Ship Canal Trail -->
Elliot Bay Trail

I think it's great I could ride from north of Arlington to West Seattle (where I live) and travel almost entirely on multi-use trails. The problem is there is a gap between the Centennial Trail in Snohomish to the Sammamish River Trail. Can anyone recommend a good route between the two trails? I would value a peaceful and relatively safe route over the most direct route.

Also, I am not interested in connecting up to the Interurban Trail. I have taken that trail before, and while it is a great connector, there is a lot of stop and go.

Thanks!
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Old 01-13-14, 02:29 PM   #2
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Here's how I usually do it: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3906039

There are more direct routes, but this route puts you on some really nice quiet low traffic roads for the most part. The only part that can be a little hairy due to traffic is the descent into Woodinville on NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, and the few blocks through downtown Woodinville.
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This is great, thank you for sharing your route. I look forward to giving it a try.
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lonsomesteve's route is good. You can also just ride straight up Broadway which I do sometimes when I don't feel like going around. There is more traffic on Broadway than Fales Rd. but it's really not that busy. The other part of the route that is a little sketch is Yew Way - the road surface is poor and there are a lot of big trucks. During rush hour trying to get past the stop sign at Maltby Rd. can be a challenge. The top part of Woodinville-Duvall Rd. (after you turn right from 156th) is the part that I think sucks. The shoulder is uneven and has a lot of sewer grates. Right now there are tree limbs on the shoulder from this weekends windstorm and large rocks from the retaining wall often find there way there. Be prepared to take the lane if you need to but be aware that cars will be going fast here. After you turn left to continue on the Woodinville-Duvall Rd. it's fine. In November the city of Woodinville repaved and restriped this section so it's smooth with a nice wide shoulder. There is a bike lane through downtown Woodinville - it's got some debris in it but it's generally fine.
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Old 01-17-14, 07:00 PM   #5
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Only thing I would add is just to be really aware in Woodinville, thru the city there can be a lot of drivers pulling out of driveways, taking lane is a good idea in a lot of places where it gets too bad. overall a good route but if your doing it in the dark, make sure you have not only the light setup to be seen fore & aft, but lighting that show up the holes, cracks & debris that can ruin your day.
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Thank you all for the info. I will probably ride this route in the spring. I'm fine with a little urban riding (I ride in Seattle traffic 5 days a week when commuting), though it would be great if it were all MUP.
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You would have less off-trail distance if you cut over to the interurban trail from the southern end of the Centennial trail. The connection (either through Eby Slough or on the Lowell river road) is low-traffic and a good ride in itself. The Interurban is a lot better now than it was a few year ago - if you haven't ridden the new sections in Seattle & Shoreline or if you haven't ridden the bridges in Lynnwood and by the McCollum park & ride you ought to give it another try.

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You would have less off-trail distance if you cut over to the interurban trail from the southern end of the Centennial trail. The connection (either through Eby Slough or on the Lowell river road) is low-traffic and a good ride in itself. The Interurban is a lot better now than it was a few year ago - if you haven't ridden the new sections in Seattle & Shoreline or if you haven't ridden the bridges in Lynnwood and by the McCollum park & ride you ought to give it another try.
Thanks for the info on connecting to the Interurban Trail. I was wondering what the best connection was to that trail. I did ride it last summer starting from 84th St. SE. It was a great way to get into Seattle, especially coming from the ferry.
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