For some fantastic views of the city from across the bay, our Alki Harbor Island Cycling Tour finds us heading south through the city's International District following the light rail tracks of the SODO neighborhood of Seattle, when we reach the West Seattle Freeway bridge and head west to cross the Duwamish River over to Harbor Island and the Isthmus of land on the other side called West Seattle.
Riding through this part of the city we cross ground that was not there 100 years ago, but placed there by eager humans attempting to create more useable space. You'll see that today it is very useable with trucks, trains, cranes and ships crossing in every direction. Hats off to the city traffic engineers who have provided miles of safe cycling paths in the midst of all this confusion.
Turning west - we cross over onto Harbor Island via the famous Duwamish Waterway Turntable Bridge. Then onto paths along the shoreline of Eliiott Bay which bring us to the unique and spectacular Jack Block park, water views, a goldfinch rookery, and the working waterfront spread out in every direction.
From the park we head around the point along rocky and then sandy Alki Beach with views all the way up the Puget Sound basin toward Canada. turning around here, we head back to Seacrest Park just in time to board the passenger ferry, which whisks us right into the heart of Seattle and Pioneer Square.
We end our trip by peddling up the 2nd Avenue bike track arriving back on Pike Street at the Seattle Cycling Tours office.
ALKI - HARBOR ISLAND CYCLING TOUR $89.00 Time: 3 hours. Distance: 12 miles mostly flat. Features: views, water taxi ride, Skill level: moderate to advanced riders. Bonus: a stainless Steel water bottle that is yours to keep.