Ride 4: North Seattle Loop

If no long options are taken, this ride is 25 miles long, with approximately 700 feet of vertical gain.

Start at Gasworks Park. Take Burke Gilman Trail west to Stone Way.

Long Option #1: Take N Northlake under the Fremont Bridge to the Burke Gilman Trail extension. Follow Burke Gilman Trail to end (8th and Leary). Follow Leary west to NW Market Street. Market will become NW 54th Street then Seaview Ave NW. At Golden Gardens Park, turn right on Golden Gardens Drive NW. Climb to stop light (32nd NW and NW 85th). Turn left onto NW 85th Street, then left onto Fremont Ave N.

Shorter Option: Take Stone Way north to Green Lake. Turn left onto W Green Lake Way, go under Aurora to Linden, right on Linden, left on 109th, right on Fremont.

Right on NE 130th, left on Linden N, left on 143rd, then right onto Greenwood Ave N. Stay in left lane to follow Greenwood.

Long Option #2: Turn left at 160th Street into Shoreline Community College on NW Innis Arden Way. Follow main road as it switches to NW 167th Street, then 15th Ave NW, then 14th Ave NW, then Springdale. This whole section has great views of Puget Sound, assorted random islands, and the Olympic Peninsula. Turn left onto NW 188th Street, then right onto 15th Ave NW. Turn right onto NW Richmond Beach Rd which then becomes N 185th Street.

Shorter Option: Turn right at 160th Street, then left on Dayton, right on N 172nd Street, left on Fremont Ave N, then right onto N 185th Street.

Follow 185th Street to 10th Ave NE.

Long Option #3: Cross 10th Ave NE to climb big hill. 185th ends after hill, turn left at bottom onto NE 187th Street, then left on NE 118th Street, and right onto 10th Ave NE.

Shorter Option: Turn left on 10th NE (just before big hill).

Veer right off 10th NE to Perkins Way NE. Cross 15th Ave NE at a somewhat blind intersection (4 lanes of traffic coming around curves), then continue on Perkins Way down along McAleer Creek. This is a beautiful downhill section along a creek valley with trees all around. Go straight at stop sign onto Brookside Blvd. Just before Bothell Way, cut through the Arco gas station on left and cross Bothell Way at the stoplight.

Turn right onto Burke Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park (12 miles).

Long Option #4: If it's windy, can make side trip at NE 65th into Magnuson Park to check out the Wind Garden.

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