Magnolia, Ballard, Fremont, and the Space Needle Loop
This ride will take you through some very scenic parts of the Emerald city including Myrtle Edwards Park, Discovery Park, the Ballard Locks, and the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods. Take the Burke Gillman trail through Gasworks Park and stop off at Ivar’s Salmon House for a delicious lunch on the deck overlooking Lake Union. Hop back on the bike and take a trip down the West Lake bike trail to see the houseboats and the Museum of History and Industry. The last leg of the trip takes you by the Space Needle, the Seattle Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture.
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 12 miles
Elevation: 427 ft of climbing
West Seattle, Alki Beach, and Lincoln Park Loop
West Seattle is the laid back, beach-lined version of the Seattle waterfront. Take the short ride out to Alki Beach’s “boardwalk” lined with restaurants and shops or ride through West Seattle to Lincoln Park which follows the coast line. Alki beach has everything you could be craving during your ride, so stop for some amazing pizza at Pegasus, some fish and chips at Spuds, or some fantastic Mexican food at Cactus. Don’t hesitate to simply stop for a minute and soak up the sun on the sandy beach!
Time: 3/5 hours
Distance: 7.8 /11.6 miles
Elevation: 243 ft of climbing
Mercer Island Loop
Take the floating bridge across Lake Washington over to Mercer Island and enjoy this scenic loop that offers a waterfront view for almost the entire ride. Few lights and stops signs along the route make it easy to get a great workout or to check out the well-appointed houses and views of Seattle and Bellevue. Taking the loop counter-clockwise offers the best views while traveling clockwise provides undemanding ascents.
Time: 4 hours
Distance: 18 miles
Elevation: 823 ft of climbing
Bainbridge Island Loop
Eat some of the best strawberries you’ll ever taste, sample some of the finest wines the Northwest has to offer, or simply ride around this beautiful island on a hilly route that will get you out of the city. Enjoy a beautiful ferry ride across Elliot Bay to experience the island life with quiet roads, rolling hills, and incredible views of Puget Sound. Enthusiastic cyclists can follow the official “Chilly Hilly” race course laid out here or explore the southern end of the island for a less demanding ride.
Time: 4.5 hours
Distance: 43 miles
Elevation: 2,700 ft of climbing
Lake Washington Loop
This big road ride touches the three major lakes in the area: Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Lake Sammamish. Take some time and visit Washington’s outdoor Velodrome at Marymoore Park, ride along the historic railroad near Lake Sammamish, and take in incredible views of the Cascade foothills. This route allows cyclists to ride waterside nearly entire way, going through Sammamish State Park and over the Floating Bridge.
Time: 6 hours
Distance: 50 miles
Elevation: 1,795 ft of climbing
Route info gathered from riding and https://rootsrated.com/seattle-wa/cycling.