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Old 10-05-12, 08:41 AM
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Ride around Lk. Sammamish

I am wanting a good ride that starts and ends at Marymoor park on Saturday. Is there a mup the legnth of lake Sammamish on the west side? Is this a good ride? Anyone rode it?
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I love riding around Lake Sammamish. A few notes:
  • The East Lake Sammamish Trail is paved for the northern 1/2 mile or so, but the remainder is gravel.
  • East Lake Sammamish Parkway has very (mostly) nice bike lanes.
  • A section of the trail near the southern end is closed due to construction (at least, it was the last time I biked through there 2 weeks ago).
  • I really hate riding on West Lake Sammamish. There are sections where the bike lane is on the wrong side of the road, requiring one to "salmon" against traffic. The problem: drivers approaching on side streets and preparing to turn right don't expect to see traffic coming from their right. Yes, they should, but they often don't.
  • Here is the route I usually ride: https://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...mmamish-loop-9

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Old 10-05-12, 11:47 AM
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Thanks Keith! Hills on that route?
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It's less than 1000 feet total elevation gain, and most of that is in the residential area west of the lake.

Here's a very similar route (starting in downtown Woodinville rather than Marymoor park) recorded with my Garmin 500 that shoes the actual elevation profile: https://app.strava.com/rides/22450084
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This is the ride I ended up doing. https://app.strava.com/rides/24223063 The only two strange parts was along 24th with the bike lane on only one side and the wrong side at that and East Lake Sammamish Parkway where the trail is closed, not that I would ride on gravel with my road bike anyway. The southern end has no bike lane and some of the drivers were not exactly polite. Many buzzing by me at closer than 3 feet. All in all it was a good ride. Saw lots of other cyclists and perhaps most importantly the air was clean as compared to what we have been having in Ellensburg.
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If you ride anti-clockwise around the lake, bike lanes / roads are sufficient. I won't northbound on West Lake Samammish Parkway.
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