Seattle Ride Suggestions?
My stoker and I will be in Seattle the 30th June to 2nd July, and would like ride recommendations. We will be staying in Kent, and plan to use these three days for shake down rides on our new tandem. I’m interested in rides of 30 to 70 miles, with starting points close to Kent. I would consider a “Must Do” ride that is within an hour’s drive of Kent.
Also intersted in LBS recommendations for bike racks & bags. I want to buy light rear rack and trunk bag for my tandem.
There are a bunch of great rides in the Maps library of the Seattle Bicycle Touring Club.
These are the South King County rides, all of which start near Kent.
Some must-do rides:
1. Drive (or ride) to the Fauntleroy Ferry in West Seattle; take the ferry over to Vashon Island and do the lap around the Island. That route, and other routes involving ferrying out of Seattle are here:
2. Ride or drive up to Lake Washington, do the lap around Lake Washington.
3. The loop from Auburn - Black Diamond - Green River Gorge. Make sure you stop at Black Diamond Bakery for a cinammon roll. Take the detour to Flaming Geyser State Park.
Last edited by BengeBoy; 06-18-09 at 01:49 AM.
Thanks for all the web links!!!
Thanks for all the info. I'll sit down and surf the links later today.
Originally Posted by BengeBoy
LBS - Angle LAke Cyclery is right in Seatac (5~7 miles from your Kent)
* Dale sells Tandems and Recumbents and is a very pleasant and helpful indivudual. No surley bike snob guy.
Ride #1 - Try WA 509 along the waterfront. It is a great ride and some great restaurants along the way. Come up the hill out of the Kent Valley. (all roads are serious hills, sorry) Head to Des Moines and had south for the Browns Point area. Stop prior to the Schnitzer Steel metal recycling facility for a nice 30+ round trip depending on where you are in Kent. Great parks, beaches and some fine restaurants.
Ride #2 - Start on Ruston Way as there is a great deal of parking there along the waterfront. Close to Katie Downs for Pizza and Libations after. This route going north will take you through the Asarco area and a tunnel, into Point Defiance park and Zoo (Great landmark park and small zoo) and around 5 mile drive, (animals, scenery, lots of trees and hills), head out of the park and onto North Vassault on your way to the Narows bridge (Galloping Gertie from physics and great bridge disasters). Bike Lane all the way to the bridge exists. Across bridge and turn right to Reid Road and dowtown Gig Harbor. (GH is a great little downtown) RT about 30+ miles. Head to Southworth Ferry terminal out of GH for another 20 miles to and from to get that 70 miles RT. A beautiful ride. Another 30 RT and you are at Port Orchard and Morningside Bakery for another lunch option.
Tacoma is a great place to discover NW history as well as Seattle is. DO NOT MISS WRIGHTS PARK if in Tacoma.
Kevin and Anita
Thanks for the Info!
Kevin and Anita
Thanks for the LBS and ride recommendations.
My stoker and I had to cancel our ride this morning due to a sand storm; Bummer!!! Only three days of cycling in Bahrain before the movers pack us out. Can't wait to see my new bike, and go cycling in cooler temps.