A three day ride. Overnight stops in Sumner and Bremerton. Each day is close to 40 miles.
Note: looking at the elevation changes, I think they include the underwater topology. For instance, the Kingston ferry ride shows an elevation drop of 600 feet, which is the actual depth there.
Whole loop – says 127 miles, but includes about 8 miles on ferries, corrected elevation gain 4100 feet
Day 1: Kirkland to Sumner
- 44 miles, mostly flat , mostly on trails
- Lake Washington Loop trail to Renton
- Interurban Trail South to Algona
- Sumner Link Trail (8 miles, paved) into Sumner
- Sumner hotel – Sumner Motor Inn, on Main Street
- Bike Shop in Sumner, on Main Street. Open until 7
Day 2: Sumner to Bremerton
- 40 miles, corrected elevation gain 1450 feet (two drops removed – bridge and ferry)
- Riverwalk Trail through Puyallup
- Through downtown Tacoma
- Scott Pierson Trail over Tacoma Bridge to Gig Harbor
- Bike Shop in Gig Harbor
- Cushman Powerline Trail near Gig Harbor (paved, 5 miles)
- Groceries and more in Wauna, also interesting bridge, Flotation Device Pub just past
- Exit left onto 66 Ave 1 mile past Wauna (Bethell Burley Rd)
- Right onto Mitchell just past Lund Ave
- Foot Ferry from Port Orchard, every half hour
- Bremerton hotel – Flagship Inn – on Dyes Inlet/Oyster Bay
Day 3: Bremerton to Kirkland
- 38 miles, corrected elevation gain 2200 feet
- includes ferry ride
- Lunch in Poulsbo or Kingston
- Ferry leaves every 50 - 60 minutes
Details (link to larger images):
Day 1 – Renton to Interurban Trail:
End of Interurban Trail:
Day 2 – Through Puyallup downtown:
Bremerton to hotel:
Day 3 – Leaving Bremerton:
Edmonds to Perkins Way (links larger):
Clockwise loop – South from Kirkland:
Onto 405 trail in downtown Bellevue:
I-90 area heading South:
Leave Rainier Ave heading North:
Leave Lake Washington Blvd, then left at Harrison, right at Empire Way:
Heading North, avoiding trail. Leave Sand Point Way toward 36th:
Move to 35th from 36th at NE 65th (left/West).
Back to the trail at NE 123rd:
Rode 4/16/2015 – Pleasant ride, although the 5 miles on the Bothell Everett Highway and some of the Interurban were loud, next to the highways.
First North Creek section:
Follow the trail south of Hwy 104/Ballinger Way, kitty corner across the intersection. It goes all the way to 195th, which takes you over the walking bridge.
A weekend trip in the pumpkin. Meryll and me. Feb 7-8, 2015.
The pass from North Beach (Links to a really big version)
The panorama tool was having a little trouble – seeing triple.
Our camp site next to Quarry Pond.
CCC Buildings at Bowman Bay
The Maiden of Deception Pass at Rosario Beach. Her story is here.
Map stolen from “Afoot & Afloat North Puget Sound”.
Song Sparrow on the beach.
Interesting vertical riffles in a small bay at Rosario Beach. I don’t recall seeing this anywhere before, but from Google Earth, it looks like it always does that on this beach.
Black Oystercatchers on the Urchin Rocks at the end of the same beach.
A happy crow with an unhappy little crab.
A beautiful robin.
Trumpeter Swans. They were all over the place near La Conner, making a racket. From a distance, we assumed they were Snow Geese.
Google map (route ends 3 miles early because no official trail from the Falls overlook)
Start at PCC in Issaquah:
The Issaquah-Preston Trail provides a 7-mile link between the "locks to lakes corridor" and the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The trail starts at a junction with the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah and continues east along Interstate-90 toward Preston.
The Issaquah-Preston Trail provides a 7-mile link between the "locks to lakes corridor" and the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The trail starts at a junction with the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah and continues east along Interstate-90 toward Preston. The trail is paved to Issaquah Highlands where it connects that community with downtown Issaquah and other regional trails.
From Issaquah Highlands, the trail continues east as a soft-surface route above Issaquah Creek and I-90 into High Point. From High Point eastward, the route follows High Point Way, a winding rural road, to Preston. In Preston the trail connects with the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. Portions of the trail are managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The new section between High Point and SE High Point Way is hard-packed gravel, which parallels I-90 for a stretch. The trail intersects the southern terminus of the E. Lake Sammamish Trail at I-90. The best place to start is at Pickering Farm in Issaquah, which has a paved city path leading to the actual start of the Issaquah-Preston Trail (there is no decent parking at the start of the Issaquah-Preston Trail under the I-90 bridge). Pictures
At the 6.7 mile mark:
At the 9.3 mark, cross the river on the road:
“On the Fall City side there are seven switchbacks which descend to the valley floor. Then, back up the other side. Walk this aerobic part.”
At the 13.5 mark, enter the Snoqualmie Ridge Trail, then the Centennial Trail at 14.1:
The Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is a 7-mile-long paved regional trail through steep terrain within the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The PST retraces a historic railroad route with gentle grades ideal for walking, running, and bicycling.
The Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is a 7-mile-long paved regional trail through steep terrain within the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The PST runs east from High Point Way near the Interstate-90 Preston Park-and-Ride to just west of Snoqualmie Falls. The PST retraces a historic railroad route with gentle grades ideal for walking, running, and bicycling. The demolition of a historical railroad trestle in Preston provides one exception where the route detours into the Raging River Valley before climbing again to the north side of Snoqualmie Ridge. The trail continues along the ridge through secluded woodlands with exceptional views of the Snoqualmie River Valley and ends with a viewpoint overlooking Snoqualmie Falls. The trail is linked to Snoqualmie Ridge via City of Snoqualmie soft-surface community trails.
Then surface streets to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail: