WA: Mukilteo-Everett-Snohomish

Monday, August 5, 2013

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It’s another sunny day in Washington! We’re going out for a ride starting from the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park for a city tour around Everett. The Trestle Bike Path will take us across the Snohomish River to the quiet country roads into the town of Snohomish.

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Park is situated on the waterfront next to the Lighthouse and the Ferry Terminal. It’s a beautiful well maintained recreational area with a playground, picnic areas, sandy beach and fire pits, shoreline walkways and a public boat launch.

We exit the park and begin the ride with a climb up Mukilteo Speedway towards the Rosehill Community Center on 3rd St to Cornelia Ave. The first few miles on W Mukilteo Blvd runs along the top of a bluff through the waterfront neighborhoods with views of Puget Sound. Stop at the Harborview Park to enjoy the phenomenal views of the Olympic Mountains and the blue waters of Possession Sound!

On W Mukilteo Blvd, we ride through the beautiful dense forests of Forest Park before turning on Elk Hill Dr; this short section of road takes us to the overpass on the Forest Park Footbridge.

Federal Ave continues through a residential neighborhood to Charles St. The descent on Tulalip Ave goes around the reservoirs and continues downhill on Sharon Crest. We weave down and around a few more streets and end up on Kromer Ave; behind the Providence Regional Medical Center.

We head north on Grand Ave; this road really highlights the transition of the different types of homes and neighborhoods from the lower end near the Port of Everett to the middle and to the much larger waterfront estates overlooking Possession Sound and Port Gardner.

The Compass Rose Vista Point at Grand Ave Park area has spectacular views of Possession Bay, Port Gardner, the Port of Everett, the Naval complex and station and the marina. The mosaic work is a gorgeous piece of public art!

We continue through the residential neighborhoods along Colby Ave to 19th St. Summit Ave takes us along I-5 to the overpass at 23rd Ave. We ride out towards the industrial area near US-2 on Hewitt Ave and take the US-2 Trestle Bike path up and over the Snohomish River.

The trail ends at 43rd Ave SE; a quiet flat country road that runs through the open fields and pastor lands between the Sonhomish River and Ebey Slough.

 We cross Ebey Slough on 52nd St SE to Home Acres Rd. This road is lined with blackberry bushes and fully ripe plump berries! Of course I stop to pick and eat the berries and fill up a little sandwich bag full of them. It’ll be a great post ride snack for later.

There are more fruitful blackberry bushes all along Swans Slough Rd and Rivershore Rd; too bad I don’t have a bigger bag or plastic container. It’s just fruit for the picking out here!

Rivershore Rd follows the curves of the Snohomish River pass the agricultural fields,  farms and ranches of Snohomish. The road changes to Riverview Rd and continues pass a couple of cemeteries and more farms and ranches.

We take 2nd St and 1st St into the town of Snohomish. The quaint little historic downtown area on 1st St has all the trappings of a tourist destination spot with its scores of antique stores, galleries, cafes, restaurants and other knick knack shops. From Kia-Ha-Ya Park, you can stop to view the River Trestle over the Snohomish River.

Our lunch stop is at the Snohomish Bakery at First and Union; they have a large outdoor patio area with bike racks. Warning: the overall service here is very slow.

Snohomish is the turnaround point for this route, we cross the river on 99th Ave SE/Airport Way/Ave D to the other side onto Lowell Snohomish River Rd. This road goes NW along the opposite side of the river for 5.8 miles through the open meadows and farmlands.

We cross the railroad tracks on Lenora St through the small community of Lowell. S 2nd and 3rd St takes us onto the I-5 overpass on 41st St. The turn onto Colby Ave is very dicey, it’s best to use the crosswalks to get to the other side. We hop onto the Interurban Trail off 44th St and make our way through the residential neighborhoods to Madison St and Beverly Lane.

 We reverse our way on W Mukilteo Blvd to Mukilteo Speedway and drop down to Front St back into the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park.

It was another gorgeous day to be out riding! This route showed a nice variety of landscape from the bluff overlooking Possession Sound to the urban city streets out to the quiet country roads surrounding Snohomish. I didn’t even have to get up at the crack of dawn or ride till dusk and there was plenty of time left in the afternoon to do absolutely nothing!

Garmin Stats:
40.8 Miles with 2054′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 491′
Max grade: 7%
Terrain: Mostly flat with some hills

Weather: GREAT! Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the low 60’s to the mid 90’s. W winds with 64% humidity

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The world is full of beautiful things.

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