Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

by Bill Thorness
Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

by Bill Thorness


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• More than 50% new photos throughout
• 60 rides total, up from the original 50, chosen for their interest, beauty, and safety
• Read & Ride—downloadable cue sheets!

Nothing beats riding a bike on a sunny day, and this popular cycling guidebook has been lovingly updated with more fun than ever. As with the first edition, author Bill Thorness includes interesting sights, delicious break stops, and other novelties along the routes to make your outings more than just a sum of the miles ridden. Says Thorness, “I’ve filled a lot of holes in regional cycling info, due to the expansion of the cycling trail network and addition of new bike facilities since the first edition. I’m excited about the result.” Thorness reviewed and rechecked all of the rides from the first edition.

Also in this edition are new “Route Connections” that help riders link up multiple routes to give themselves a longer one-day ride or even create multiday tours.

You can find more information about biking in Western Washington on the author's website at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594858901
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 09/24/2014
Edition description: 2nd
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 643,745
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bill Thorness is a Seattle-based writer who has been working in the field since 1985. His book credits include two travel guidebooks on bicycling, both from Mountaineers Books; two books on edible gardening, another area of personal interest and professional effort, both from Skipstone Press; and a co-authored history of a business leader. Bill’s work as a journalist has spanned regional general interest, nonprofit, business and online media. He is currently a freelance travel writer for The Seattle Times. Along with writing and editing skills, Bill is an accomplished public speaker and instructor, from in person to virtual and video courses. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Author’s Guild, the Northwest Editors Guild and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. See his work at 

Table of Contents

Overview Map 8

Rides At-a-Glance 10

Acknowledgments 15


Equipping for a Ride 19

Cycling Safely 24

Commuting by Bike 30

Riding with Children 37

How to Use This Guide 42


1 Burke-Gilman Trail 46

2 Northwest Seattle 50

3 Carkeek and Golden Gardens Parks 55

4 Magnuson and Ravenna Parks 59

5 Green Lake to Edmonds 63

6 Magnolia and Discovery Park 69

7 Queen Anne and Seattle Center 73

8 Downtown Seattle 78

9 UW, the Arboretum, and Central Seattle 83

10 Historic Seattle: Lake Union and Lake Washington Paths 90

11 West Seattle 97

12 Duwamish Trail 101

13 Chief Sealth Trail and Kubota Garden 106

14 South Seattle: Georgetown to Mount Baker 110

King County

15 Mercer Island Loop 118

16 Lake Washington Loop 122

17 Sammamish River Trail 128

18 Mountains to Sound Greenway 132

19 Woodinville to Snohomish 137

20 Redmond to Issaquah and Preston 142

21 Redmond to Carnation and Duvall 147

22 Snoqualmie Valley Farm Tour 151

23 Snoqualmie Falls 156

24 Green River and Interurban Trails 160

25 Cedar River Trail and May Valley 166

26 Green River Gorge and Black Diamond 170

27 Auburn to Flaming Geyser State Park 174

28 Vashon and Maury Islands 178

Kitsap County

29 Port Orchard 184

30 Bremerton to Seabeck and Scenic Beach 188

31 Bainbridge Island Loop 192

32 Winslow to Fort Ward 196

33 Bainbridge Ferry to Bremerton Ferry 200

34 Bainbridge Ferry to Kingston Ferry 206

35 Point No Point and Little Boston 209

36 Port Gamble, Poulsbo, and Chief Sealth's Grave 213

37 Kingston to Port Townsend 218

The Islands

38 South Whidbey Island: Freeland and Langley 224

39 Whidbey Ferries: Coupeville to Clinton 228

40 Central Whidbey Island: Coupeville and Fort Casey 232

41 Central Whidbey Island: Oak Harbor and Fort Ebey 236

42 North Whidbey Island: Deception Pass and San Juan Islands Ferry 240

43 Lopez Island 246

44 Orcas Island 250

45 San Juan Island: Lime Kiln and Roche Harbor 254

46 San Juan Island: Cattle Point 258

47 Shaw Island 261

Skagit County

48 Skagit Flats and Tulip Fields 266

49 La Conner to Anacortes 270

Snohomish County

50 Interurban Trail and Mukilteo 276

51 Centennial Trail 281

52 Snohomish to Everett 285

53 Snohomish to Monroe 289

54 Monroe to Sultan 293

Pierce County

55 Downtown Tacoma, Point Defiance, and the Narrows 298

56 Gig Harbor and Fox Island 302

57 Foothills Trail 307

Thurston County

58 State Capitol and Central Olympia 312

59 Chehalis Western and Woodard Bay Trails 317

60 Yelm-Tenino Trail 321

Recommended Resources 325

Index 330

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