Seattle is well-known for being a bike friendly town. Here, most of the major streets have a bike lane for those who prefer to commute via two-wheels. Not only are the roads friendly to cyclists – Seattle also boasts a TON of bike shops – too many to count, in fact! But it’s not just the streets and shops that make this city a biker’s paradise – there are also tons of fantastic bike trails all over the greater Seattle area. At Eleanor Apartments, it’s our mission to get folks excited about all the fun to be had in Roosevelt and in Seattle as a whole – which is why we’ve ranked our top 5 biking trails you’ve got to check out. Here goes…
Des Moines Creek Trail
If you’re looking for a quick and easy ride to start with, check out the Des Moines Creek Trail. It starts out pretty far south of the city, close to the Sea-Tac airport – but, it’s an incredibly beautiful ride! From the outset, the paved path takes you down into the Des Moines Creek Park and then on into the Marina. The park itself offers plenty of different sorts of biking opportunities, with trail extensions for mountain biking. You can also just head straight to the Marina, where you can take a walk on the pier or beaches of Saltwater State Park, just a few miles from the endpoint of the trail.
Seattle Waterfront Pathway
If you’re looking for an easy and scenic ride that’ll also let you catch a glimpse of some of the city, make sure you hit Seattle’s Waterfront Pathway, following the back end of the Elliott Bay Trail (our next entry). It’s an urban setting of course, but that doesn’t take away from the views in the slightest – on this one trail you can spy the Puget Sound, the Olympics, and some awesome Waterfront attractions, like the ferry terminals, Seattle’s Great Wheel, and the Aquarium! Head north and you’ll wind up at at Waterfront Park. If you want to see more of Seattle, you can head away from the waterfront a couple of blocks to see Pike Place Market, which continues along Western Avenue.
Elliott Bay Trail
If you want to do a more lengthy ride throughout town, take on the entire Elliott Bay Trail. It starts along the waterfront in Magnolia, then winds inland before curving south, back towards the waterfront. From here, you continue along into Centennial Park. Continue along the path which will take you into another park, Myrtle Edwards, and then into Olympic Sculpture Park. Each of these are exemplary parks in the Emerald City, with benches, playgrounds, and plenty of picnic areas if you want to stop for lunch. You’ll be cruising right past the Olympic Sculpture Park and you’ll spy gorgeous views of Mount Rainier throughout the entire ride. Once you pass the Space Needle, you’ll join up with Alaskan Way and continue onto the Seattle Waterfront. Now you’ve made it to the Seattle Waterfront Path, which was #4 on our list!
If you’re looking to venture into West Seattle, it doesn’t get any better than Alki Beach. The Alki Trail starts along the West Seattle Bridge and then takes a right turn to parallel Harbor Avenue, which takes you closer and closer to the water as you continue. The trail takes you through Seacrest Park, past the Don Armeni Boat Ramp and then around the northernmost end of the beach at Duwamish Head. From there, you simply follow the water until you hit Alki Beach Park, West Seattle’s foremost spot for outdoor recreation. It’s a great place to go grab a bite to eat or just relax for the afternoon. From here, you can turn around, or you can continue along and join up with Alki Avenue and ride all the way to the Alki Lighthouse, the westernmost point in all of Seattle.
And now we come to one of the oldest and most well-known trails in all of Seattle, The Burke-Gilman! It’s the largest trail on this list, stretching almost 19 miles, from Kenmore to Golden Gardens Park from which you take in some truly astounding views of the Olympics. Starting from Kenmore, the first attraction is Blyth Park. From there, you’ll bike parallel with Highway 522 for a while. Eventually, as you branch off, you can detour around Log Boom Park. You follow the waterfront for a long time as you go through North Seattle. Continue south to pass Matthews Beach Park and then Warren G. Magnuson Park in Sand Point. As you follow the trail, you head inland and continue into the U-District after passing by Burke-Gilman Park. You join up with Montlake Boulevard where you could tour the University of Washington, if you feel so inclined. Then you’ll join up with Pacific Place and Pacific Street; follow that onto Northlake Way, and ride right along as it takes you straight to Fremont and Gas Works Park. You get great views of North Lake Union as you pass through Fremont. This leads you to Fremont Canal Park, and from there you follow the railroad tracks and the waterfront into Ballard and up to Golden Gardens Park. If you do this entire ride (congratulations, you’re in great shape) you get to see most of North Seattle.
There you have it, those are five of the best Bike Trails in Seattle. We understand that ‘best’ is pretty subjective in this case – these trails are really the most popular and the most often traversed – but that doesn’t mean you should stop here. As we said at the beginning of our post, there are tons of Bike Trails in and around Seattle and we’ve just scratched the surface. It’s up to you take full advantage of all the fantastic trails in the Emerald City.
If you’re a cyclist and you’re looking for a place to hang up your wheels, check out Eleanor Apartments in the Roosevelt neighborhood of Seattle. We’re conveniently situated near Ravenna and Green Lake, as well as the Roosevelt Corridor, which makes our community the perfect jumping off point for Seattle cyclists. Plus, our community features a state-of-the-art gear room where you can store and work on your bike whenever you need to!