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Tacoma Bremerton Loop – 120 miles

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

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Day 1: Kirkland to Sumner 

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Day 2: Sumner to Bremerton 
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  • 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 

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  • 38 miles, corrected elevation gain 2200 feet
  • includes ferry ride
  • Lunch in Poulsbo or Kingston
  • Ferry leaves every 50 -  60 minutes

 

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Live map:

 

Details (link to larger images):

Day 1 – Renton to Interurban Trail:

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End of Interurban Trail:

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Entering Sumner:

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Day 2 – Through Puyallup downtown:

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Through Tacoma:

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Bremerton to hotel:

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Day 3 – Leaving Bremerton:

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Edmonds to Perkins Way (links larger):

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May 5, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lake Washington Loop – 50 miles

 

Google Maps

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Clockwise loop – South from Kirkland:

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Onto 405 trail in downtown Bellevue:

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I-90 area heading South:

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South end:

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Leave Rainier Ave heading North:

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Leave Lake Washington Blvd, then left at Harrison, right at Empire Way:

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Heading North, avoiding trail. Leave Sand Point Way toward 36th:

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Move to 35th from 36th at NE 65th (left/West).

Back to the trail at NE 123rd:

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April 27, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Snohomish Marysville Everett Loop – 35 miles

 

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North from Snohomish, follow Centennial Trail

 

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April 17, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

North Creek and Interurban Loop – 36 miles

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.

Google maps

North Creek: http://www.traillink.com/trail/north-creek-trail.aspx

Interurban: http://www.traillink.com/trail/interurban-trail-(north).aspx

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First North Creek section:

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North end

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Heading South

Martha Lake

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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.

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April 17, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Meryll 2014

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March 30, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Deception Pass Camping

 

A weekend trip in the pumpkin. Meryll and me. Feb 7-8, 2015.

 

The pass from North Beach (Links to a really big version)

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The panorama tool was having a little trouble – seeing triple.

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Our camp site next to Quarry Pond.

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CCC Buildings at Bowman Bay

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The Maiden of Deception Pass at Rosario Beach. Her story is here.

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Map stolen from “Afoot & Afloat North Puget Sound”.

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Song Sparrow on the beach.

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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.

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Black Oystercatchers on the Urchin Rocks at the end of the same beach.

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A happy crow with an unhappy little crab.

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A beautiful robin.

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Trumpeter Swans. They were all over the place near La Conner, making a racket. From a distance, we assumed they were Snow Geese.

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February 10, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Movement

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January 25, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Eek, a squirrel!

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December 12, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Issaquah to Snoqualmie Bike Ride – 16 Miles

Full trip:

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Google map (route ends 3 miles early because no official trail from the Falls overlook)

Start at PCC in Issaquah:

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Issaquah-Preston Trail

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:

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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.”

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At the 13.5 mark, enter the Snoqualmie Ridge Trail, then the Centennial Trail at 14.1:

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Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

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:

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November 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Iron Horse Trail from Alice Creek to Keechelus Lake – 24 Miles

Full Trip

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Start at Alice Creek Campsite:

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https://www.evergreenmtb.org/trails/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-iron-horse-state-park

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November 17, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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