Pining for summer? Here are routes you can dream about:
00206 Mount Baker Climb, 200 km. From Bellingham, visit Lynden for pastries to fortify yourself for the climb to Artist Point, elevation 5090 ft, then coast home. The route was shifted away from Sumas and state highways as much as possible.
00163 Redmond-Baker Lake, 404 km, formerly named Baker Lake 400k. This visits the Snoho Bakery early but you’ll need more than some croissants and cookies – even the Bakery’s giant cookies – to get you through this route.
The start/end was shifted to Bremerton since there is no longer a motel in Kingston.
At Lake Quinault the route goes around the lake on quiet, scenic roads.
On the way to Forks the route goes inland to avoid the frequently shoulderless and busy stretch of 101 between Queets and Ruby Beach. You can opt to ride the coast if you like, but that is shorter so you will have to add a few makeup kms somewhere.
At Lake Crescent the route takes the newly rebuilt Spruce Railroad Trail around the north side of the lake, avoiding shoulderless US-101 on the south side.
These changes added enough distance that the jog out to Dungeness could be deleted.
Amy Pieper’s oft-ridden 00562 Renton-Dash Point-Orting-Renton, 200 km. Updates include safer routing between Dash Point and Fife to avoid the treacherous railroad tracks on Marine Drive, and use of trails that did not exist when the route was created. These changes added distance, allowing trimming off the northeast corner of the route including the out and back to Selleck, bringing the distance to 200 km. I hope no one misses visiting the semi-spooky old school in Selleck.
#04037 Alki-Auburn Flat Cruise got a slight remapping for the new alignment of Frager Rd. Thanks to Jeff Loomis for noticing this problem.
Green Valley Road Closures
Green Valley Road will be fully closed several weekdays in February, March, and April for repairs to the Patton Bridge. When open, the bridge will be restricted to one lane. There may be unanticipated closures. For full details and current status see the project website. Routes affected include:
#03889 Lawyers, Guns, and Vikings got some updates. A portion of Fjord Dr in Poulsbo is now one-way. The middle part of the route was changed from an out-and-back to a more interesting loop.
The construction closure on Issaquah-Fall City Road has been extended until May 1. 02576 Lake Forest Park-Big Lake and 02176 A Sandy Arboretum Run remain affected. The suggested detour has been updated slightly.
This week 00541 Mercer Island-Maple Valley-Redmond, 102 km, was added. This route was formerly known as MI-MV-Redmond-MI. It has been shortened slightly in Maple Valley since The Testy Chef and its successor are no more.
02597 West Seattle Edgy got a few tweaks. Chiefly, warning cues were added for stop signs at the bottom of steep hills. The first quarter of this route stresses your brakes as hard as your legs.
00750 Olympia-Union-Port Orchard-Tacoma, 210 km. This route was formerly known as Lacey-Shelton-Gig Harbor. The start was moved to Olympia and a new control was added at Southworth to make the route accessible to Seattle-side riders. Thanks to Josh Morse for help with updating the route.
Seasonal Route Availability It has been discovered that the permanents registration system does not check routes’ availability dates. For example, our local routes that venture much above 2500 ft are generally unavailable from late fall to early spring. Currently the system will erroneously let you register to ride them. The RUSA web team is working on a fix. In the meantime be sensible, stick to lower-elevation routes.
Route changes Thanks to Geoff Hazel for bringing the construction on West Lake Sammamish Parkway between NE 16th Pl and Northup Way to my attention. Since construction will continue for another year, I have incorporated a detour into affected routes. (Perhaps The Alps should have gotten the steepest possible detour.) Affected routes:
Route 02525 The Commons-Renton-Maple Valley, 101 km, (formerly named Uncommonly Testy) has been added to the RUSA permanents. This route has been used for the Winter Solstice 100 in recent years. So for you Winter Solstice aficionados and aquaphiles, here you go, just in time for the weekend’s atmospheric river. Blame Matt Kreger for prodding me to get this route on line.