Best Bike Rides Seattle  by Gene Bisbee

Best Bike Rides Seattle Guide Book

by Gene Bisbee (Falcon Guides)
Best Bike Rides Seattle  by Gene Bisbee
The Seattle area offers a wide range of bicycling choices. Urban riding. Hilly terrain. Flat routes. Rail trails. Forest roads. Technical mountain-biking trails. Flowy single track. They’re all in this guide. The rich history of rail transportation here has left behind many rail-totrail conversions that grace many areas with no-traffic routes that stretch on for miles. Trails accessible to mountain bikers wend deep into many parks and preserves below the towering Douglas fir and western red cedar and over small streams. We can thank the local bicycle clubs, alliances, and those who rode before us for advocating for safer streets and more access to trails. Their work has paid off in creating so many choices when it comes time to go on a bike ride.

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Trails from the "Best Bike Rides Seattle" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

Bainbridge Island is easily reached by a ferry ride from a terminal in downtown Seattle. It’s the destination for thousands of hardy bicyclists in the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic at the end of Februa ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 34.4
Mountain bikers who enjoy easygoing single track or challenging trails with lots of tight turns will both be happy in this square mile of second-growth forest near the Southworth Ferry Terminal in sou ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.5
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Although the Black Diamond–Green River Gorge Loop starts out at a noisy freeway interchange, it quickly leaves that behind to travel a historic road that’s changed little in the past one hundred years ...
Auburn, WA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 34.5
The only off-road bicycling at Mount Rainier National Park is this abandoned and deteriorating road that has been permanently closed to motor vehicles. The route follows the meandering, milky-white ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.2
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The Cedar River Trail makes a beeline on its way out of Renton across the valley toward the foothills of the Cascades. It’s no wonder. This popular rail-totrail path follows the route of the Chicago, ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 31.6
The Centennial Trail takes its name from the one hundredth anniversary of Washington State, when the first 7-mile section of the abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad route through Snohomish County w ...
Monroe, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 59.6
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This “sufferfest” in the eastside Seattle suburbs takes you to a high overlook on Cougar Mountain that at one time served as an anti-aircraft gun emplacement and a missile base. Otherwise, it’s a flat ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 23.7
As you motor past commercial strip development and suburban housing sprawl, it might be difficult to believe that some get-away-from-it-all mountain bike trails are available at the end of the road. ...
Tacoma, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.4
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The bike ride starts at the entrance to the east parking lot at the visitor center, about 0.1 mile inside the park. There are a few displays inside the building and an information desk. Detailed maps ...
Seattle, WA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.7
Duthie Hill Park is nothing less than an outdoor amusement park for mountain bikers. The 130-acre county park in the Issaquah Highlands features single-track trails and freestyle runs that are suitabl ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.4
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The flat Snoqualmie Valley and the ridges bordering it are a popular destination for cyclists looking for good country air and low traffic. So many clubs and charities sponsor rides on these farm road ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 30.3
One look at the modern reincarnations of train station platforms at the East Puyallup Trailhead and you immediately realize that the Foothills Trail through northern Pierce County is a rail trail. T ...
Puyallup, WA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 29.5
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Tame to wild in under 30 minutes—that’s the time frame for traveling by mountain bike from downtown Issaquah to the quiet depths of Grand Ridge Park. This route promises steep dirt trails that can pro ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.5
This bicycle route borrows heavily from a defunct trolley line to find its way from the Green Lake Park area in Seattle to the waterfront in downtown Edmonds. The Green Lake to Edmonds Loop partly fol ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 24.5
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Recreational cyclists had been enjoying the flat, curvy ride along the Green River south of Seattle for years without realizing the true nature of that asphalt trail. That all changed one day in 2009 ...
Monroe, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 20.1
The common name for the Black Diamond mountain bike area refers to the old coal-mining town nearby, not the difficulty of the single track that wends through the woods just up the road on SR 169. The ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.2
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Did you ever want to take a long bike ride that was all downhill? Well, this can be that ride. The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a rail trail that rolls over the Cascades on its way across two-thirds of ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21.4
This bike ride around Lake Sammamish offers more than a clockwise spin around a picturesque lake. It starts out as a flat jaunt on a rail trail that passes among expensive lakefront homes, climbs to l ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 23.5
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When the first white settlers arrived in the Seattle area in the mid-1800s, Lake Union sat isolated in the midst of a giant forest. It was called “small lake” by the local Duwamish tribe, but one of S ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.4
Many voyages begin or end around Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. Swank cruise ships come and go at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal in the southeast, everything from little dinghies to luxury yachts pa ...
Seattle, WA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.6
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