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Offline cburnett1981

N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:31:57 pm »
When I look at maps of WA  all I see is busy hwy options.   Is there any safe way to bike from Anacortes to Seattle and then Seattle to Coast route?   Guess that is two questions.

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Offline mbattisti

Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 09:59:53 pm »
I copied and pasted this from an earlier post I made:  " Northern Tier: from Whitefish to Rockport). Rockport is where we turned off route on Rt 530 to head southwest towards Seattle, and when I tried to create a "map my ride" route of it for you, it wouldn't let me pass through Oso, site of the massive mudslide tragedy you may have heard about.  The road is currently buried under acres of mud, and I'm not sure when it may be cleared (hopefully by this summer).  You may have to go further due west on the NT before heading south, which would be a shame because I recall 530 being a pleasant ride, with the town of Darrington having a great diner and a clean, cheap motel.  530 takes you into Arlington, and the jct. of the Centennial rail trail (paved), which you can take for 25 miles or so due south.  Depending on where in the Seattle metropolis you wish to go, the on-line tool "map my ride" when used in cycling mode will show you other bike trails (seattle is a very cycle-friendly city) and streets with cycling lanes that you can piece together to cover the last 30 or so miles. We headed west around lake washington on the Burke-Gilman trail (another very nice paved railtrail) which heads to the University District."   Can't help you out on getting to the coast though.

Offline CMajernik

Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014, 09:49:53 am »
Depending on where you want to go in Seattle you can continue to the end of the Northern Tier in Anacortes. Then use the Pacific Coast Route to go south. In Bremerton there is a spur to reach the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. You can take the ferry across which brings you into downtown Seattle.
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Offline staehpj1

Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2014, 11:08:53 am »
Depending on where you want to go in Seattle you can continue to the end of the Northern Tier in Anacortes. Then use the Pacific Coast Route to go south. In Bremerton there is a spur to reach the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. You can take the ferry across which brings you into downtown Seattle.

The ferry was a nice ride.  Good views if it isn't fogged in.

Offline cburnett1981

Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2014, 06:01:44 pm »
Thanks everyone.   

indyfabz

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Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014, 09:38:51 am »
IIRC, the route Carla describes takes you through Port Townsend. Fort Worden S.P. is a nice place to camp. They had hiker/biker sites off in the trees, and the park is on the water. It's also the former military base that was used in the film "An Officer and a Gentleman."

Howard Miller Stealhead park in Rockport was also nice. There were Adirondack Shelters when I was there many years ago.

Offline Zoesf

Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2014, 01:01:25 pm »
We started the Northern Tier in Seattle and joined the route in Rockport. We had a beautiful ride via Darrington, Arlington, and Snohomish. From Snohomish north you are on a great trail called the Centennial Trail.

Zoe

indyfabz

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Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2014, 07:40:26 am »
We started the Northern Tier in Seattle and joined the route in Rockport. We had a beautiful ride via Darrington, Arlington, and Snohomish. From Snohomish north you are on a great trail called the Centennial Trail.

Zoe

I believe that route takes you on 530. As noted above, that route was closed by a fatal slide. Did you do this route recently (i.e. after the slide)?

Offline Zoesf

Re: N tier to Seattle to Coast route?
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2014, 09:28:06 am »
I did this route a month ago - it is no longer closed although you will see some of the destruction from the slide.