New Years Eve in Seattle was clear and cool and as I had returned just the day before from a week of visiting family I was itching for a ride. With the limited sunlight and not being able to start until after lunch time I knew I had to do something short and sweet. A loop over the new trail over the new 520 Bridge and back on the “classic” I-90 trail was just the thing.
I’d had lunch in Capitol Hill and then worked my way up to Volunteer Park. A sunny Sunday is always a recipe for Seattle-ites getting out and there were plenty of people in the Park. Including the SCA engaging in some swordplay. From the park I worked my way to the Lake Washington Loop which now has an offshoot onto the 520 trail.
On this clear winter day the Olympic Mountains were prominent to the West and the Cascade’s standing tall to the West. My beloved Mt. Baker was standing guard over the north end of Lake Washington and the always magnificent Mt. Rainier dominating the south end of the lake. Views like this is why I love the PNW so much.
The new trail is really excellent and shows you want updated standards and regulations will bring. About twice as wide as the I-90 Trail, it easily accommodated both pedestrians and bicyclers heading both directions. There are nice pullouts with benches to allow you to soak in the views to the north. At the east end once you climb up off the floating segment is a nice new overlook mini-park.
From the trail I made my way through Medina to old Bellevue and then hooked back on the Lake Washington Loop to the I-90 trail. All familiar territory though I don’t get out to the Eastside like I once did. I stopped in Medina at the waterfront park near the city hall to take in the fantastic view of Mount Rainier.
By the time I reached Mercer Island and was crossing the last stretch of bridge the sun was behind Beacon Hill and Mt. Rainier had the backlit carved appearance that was even more stunning. Too bad my camera was packed away at that point! But I wanted to get home before dark anyway so I pressed on making it in deep gloaming. A really nice quick loop that adds a middle option to the previous North and South Lake Washington Loops. It’s about 23 miles total from Beacon Hill in the route I took, which on this day was just right.
Check out my NYE 2017 photo album on Flickr.