2016 Bicycle Sundays
Lake Washington Boulevard closes to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. during Sundays in the summer months.
Only two more left! September 18, 25
Bicycle or walk along Lake Washington Boulevard south of Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park's entrance.
Mount Baker Bike Routes
I-90 Bridge to Mercer Island Loop – 21 miles
Includes 13 miles of lovely rolling terrain with frequent water views and dappled sunshine.
Lake Washington Blvd to Madrona or Seward Park – 1 to 9 miles
Completely flat, beautiful scenery along Lake Washington Blvd S. from Madrona to Seward Park. Car-free Bicycle Sundays are described in the extended article.
Lake Washington Loop to UW – 8 miles each way
Features scenic Lake Washington and Husky Stadium. This is a much-used commuter bike route, and the fastest way to the Burke-Gilman Trail.
I-90 Lid Path to Downtown Seattle – 3 miles
Easy route to the heart of downtown. I describe two routes – from the top of our hill (31st S.) and from the bottom of our hill (S. Genesee). It’s harder to return, just because it’s uphill.
Chief Sealth Trail to Kubota Gardens – 12 miles
Ride along a ridgeline regional bike trail atop Beacon Hill to enjoy the all-seasons beauty of Kubota Gardens.
Seattle Landmark Loop – 25-30 miles
For a day packed full of sightseeing and eating, follow this route to the Seattle waterfront, Ballard Locks, Burke-Gilman Trail, UW, and Lake Washington.
About the Author, Rebecca Laszlo
Rebecca is an avid biker and loves finding interesting and scenic routes near her Mount Baker home. She has mapped out a dozen or so routes in and around the neighborhood. The routes suggested above are ideal for local exploring. Some zigzag along Mount Baker’s many ridges while some stick to the flats to avoid sweaty exertions (unless you want to push hard). They include a combination of regional trails without cars, quiet neighborhood streets likely to have just a few cars, and wide streets where cars can give you space.
DOWNLOAD THE EXTENDED ARTICLE
See details for all the routes above. Plus:
• Downtown to Alki Beach, Duwamish River trail, and Olympic Sculpture Park/Myrtle Edwards Park.
• Capitol Hill – Get almost anywhere on Capitol Hill from the top of our hill on 31st S. via relatively flat, quiet neighborhood streets.
• Hillclimbs up and around Beacon Hill that give you heart pounding workouts.
Rebecca’s Top Tips
Most bike shops carry regional bike maps (for free!).
Wear a helmet, sports glasses and a reflective vest or jacket.
Turn on as many blinking lights (front and back) as you have, even in broad daylight.
Don’t forget to slather on sun block.
Most of all, enjoy your riding!