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Old 09-11-14, 04:34 PM   #1
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Bellevue and surrounding areas of interest

I might have the opportunity to spend 3-5 days riding around a borrowed MTB around the Bellevue and Seattle areas soon. How is the weather around this time of year? Forecasts look great but in reality...? What are points of interest around the area? Looking to put in 30-100 miles per day if possible pending weather/terrain/how long I stay to sight see at any particular spot. Also how are the paths/roads? Is there areas that produce more flat tires then others? I'll be carrying a spare tube just in case but rather spend more time on bike then on repairs. Where I'm from gatorskins and the like are the only way to get around without flats but you still need to carry spare tubes everywhere. Suggestions?
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Don't know how "soon" you'll be here, but the weather is great now, and usually stays nice until about mid-October. The forecasts should be pretty accurate, but now that it's getting cooler (maybe not this weekend), morning fog can happen, but it's a once-in-awhile thing. This is my favorite time for rides up here.

There's LOTS of great riding around here. There's a reason that one of the largest bicycling clubs in the country is here. Good riding on trails (Burke-Gilman is long but crowded on weekends, but not impassable), and it connects with the Mercer Slough Trail from Redmond around the north end of Lake Washington. Plenty of good minor roads. I recommend looking for an Eastside or Bellevue area bike route map, and the books by Bill and Erin Woods are excellent for the entire area.

Flats are not that much of a problem. Mine are mostly the occasional sliver of glass or skinny wire from a tire.
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Sounds awesome! Still working out the logistics of going. Hopefully I can get things tied up here so I can take a break.
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I might have the opportunity to spend 3-5 days riding around a borrowed MTB around the Bellevue and Seattle areas soon. How is the weather around this time of year? Forecasts look great but in reality...? What are points of interest around the area? Looking to put in 30-100 miles per day if possible pending weather/terrain/how long I stay to sight see at any particular spot. Also how are the paths/roads? Is there areas that produce more flat tires then others? I'll be carrying a spare tube just in case but rather spend more time on bike then on repairs. Where I'm from gatorskins and the like are the only way to get around without flats but you still need to carry spare tubes everywhere. Suggestions?
Often the weather holds until Halloween, with the rainy season starting in earnest right around then, but it still being warm and clear up until then. It is starting to get cooler overnight and first thing in the morning, but still quite nice out.

None of the areas I've rode in have been more flat prone than anywhere else, with decent tires you should be fine. No goat heads up here, just the occasional sliver of glass (as mentioned elsewhere in the thread).

You said Bellevue and Seattle? I take it you are staying in one and working in the other? If you can give us a better idea of what parts of each city you are going to be in, we can give you better suggestions for where to ride...
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Since you be on a MTB, are you interested in (dirt) trail riding at all? Or just roads?
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Old 09-16-14, 09:59 AM   #6
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I'm not really a dirt guy, only on a mtb since that was all that my friend has to loan me. A easy fire road type trail maybe? I could see my self on that, gravel path kind of thing. I'm staying in Bellevue, rode into Seattle yesterday, did some sight seeing then went through Freemont and U-dub, circled that portion of the lack back to Seattle. Followed the I-90 back to Bellevue. Beautiful place! I think on a road bike set up for me I would have a better experience, well riding experience anyways. I think my friend and I are going on the Sammamish trail today.
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From the U-Dub, you can head north on the Burke-Gillman trail. In Bothell it becomes the Sammamish River trail which you can take to Redmond where you can catch the 520 trail back into Bellevue.

If you want a long gravel ride, take the Sammamish Trail (paved), at Marymoor Park look for the Marymoor Connector Trail (paved) and take that to the East Lake Sammamish Trail (mostly gravel), in Issaquah find the Issaquah-Preston trail (gravel) which becomes the Preston-Snoqualmie trail (gravel), turn left onto the Preston-Fall City Rd, cross the river in Fall City, go right on 203 and then left onto 356th and climb up and take a right onto the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (gravel). Follow that trail (with a short road detour in the Snoqualmie Falls area) up to Rattlesnake Lake where you'll catch the Iron Horse Trail (gravel) that will take you over Snoqualmie Pass (bring alight for the 2+mile tunnel you'll ride through) and ultimately across the state to the Idaho Boarder if you are really want to push things :-)
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From the U-Dub, you can head north on the Burke-Gillman trail. In Bothell it becomes the Sammamish River trail which you can take to Redmond where you can catch the 520 trail back into Bellevue.

If you want a long gravel ride, take the Sammamish Trail (paved), at Marymoor Park look for the Marymoor Connector Trail (paved) and take that to the East Lake Sammamish Trail (mostly gravel), in Issaquah find the Issaquah-Preston trail (gravel) which becomes the Preston-Snoqualmie trail (gravel), turn left onto the Preston-Fall City Rd, cross the river in Fall City, go right on 203 and then left onto 356th and climb up and take a right onto the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (gravel). Follow that trail (with a short road detour in the Snoqualmie Falls area) up to Rattlesnake Lake where you'll catch the Iron Horse Trail (gravel) that will take you over Snoqualmie Pass (bring alight for the 2+mile tunnel you'll ride through) and ultimately across the state to the Idaho Boarder if you are really want to push things :-)
Any gravel between Bellevue and Kent?
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Any gravel between Bellevue and Kent?
None that I know of unfortunately...
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None that I know of unfortunately...
Too bad.

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Took the sammamish/Burke gilman counter clockwise yesterday to Ballard with the I-90 back to Bellevue yesterday. Today did the southern end of the Washington loop with the I-90 again. Debating what I should do tomorrow. Only 1-1/2 days left up here.
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Have you ridden around Mercer Island? It's not long, but quite fun with the curves on the east side of the island. The I-90 bridge has a dedicated bike lane to get you there.

And have you you tried anything on the west side of Puget Sound? Take a ferry to Bainbridge Island (ferry from downtown Seattle) or Vashon Island (ferry from West Seattle; lots of hills there) for some great rides.

Snoqualmie Valley east of Bellevue has a beautiful, generally quiet road on the west side that we really enjoy. There's a flat gravel trail on the east side of the valley that we rode a few weeks ago. Nothing challenging (former railway) but quite pleasant with big tires.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Wish I did a little more research prior to coming or I had more time. Sadly I leave tomorrow, managed to ride 180 miles over the last 4 days. Rode in everything from sunshine and 75 degree weather to rain and 55 degrees. Overall a great experience! Drivers here are courteous and mindful of cyclists. Trail and path systems are awesome, other cyclists are friendly and helpful! Had a great time, I will be back, maybe I'll bring one of my bikes next time so I can get a real feel for riding up here.
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