Just yesterday a new transplant to Seattle asked me where some of the better rides were for training. At first my mind went blank; rides I have taken in Spain, Colorado, Eastern Washington, all flickered through my mind. What would be a great lengthy, challenging, ride in the city?
Seattle does have some great riding. Trails meant to ride on, hills meant to climb.
Here are a few Seattle bike rides that incorporate city traffic/limited to no traffic/hills and flats. But there are many, many more.
Loop - 25 miles- some 200 and 500 foot elevation gains, nice steady hill climbs and a good section lacking motorized vehicles. Click
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This Beacon Hill
route starts downtown at the Bicycle Alliance offices at S. Jackson and 2nd Ave S. totals fifteen miles, as you head up to the top of Beacon Hill, down into Georgetown, around Boeing Field, then back to Beacon Hill, with a exhilarating drop to the waterfront ending back at the starting point. - Some good hill climbing and some nice flat stretches.
This Golden Gardens loop makes it's way through the serpentine hills of North Beach, heads North on 3rd to 145th, and then loops back via the new Interurban bicycle/walking trail that parallels Aurora Ave's west side before heading back to North Beach and the starting point.
Golden Gardens/North Beach climbs
Touring West Seattle/Alki can, depending on the time of the year, have quite a bit of solitude, or in the summer can be very crowded. This ride features some great views of the downtown skyline, as well, as the interior tree lined shores to the West featuring the Olympic mountains, Bainbridge Island, and a view up Puget Sound towards Canada.
West Seattle/Alki Loop