Extremely Hilly

Every posting on the Free Daily Rides calendar contains a few helpful details to help you decide if it's the right ride for you.  After first considering the key information such as the pace and distance, perhaps you then check the regroup policy, weather cancellation and terrain.  Do you ever wonder what some of those terrain classifications really mean?  This weekend, come on out to Vashon Island for a first-hand look at the meaning of 'Extremely Hilly'.

Saturday, Aug. 31, ride leaders Daniel Kelly and Cathy Henley will lead a hill-climbing (and descending) adventure around Vashon Island.  After living on the island for a year, Cathy knows where to find the good hills, the good views and the good post-ride beer.

"The island boasts only a few stop signs, friendly drivers and the largest collection of organic farms of just about anywhere, with miniature donkeys, goats and peacocks here and there. Riders will be treated to spectacular views of the shimmering Colvos Passage and the nearby Olympic Peninsula to the west, Mount Rainier to the south and the Seattle skyline to the northeast," said Cathy.

"Vashon Island is a spectacular place to bike around, and my favorite of the nearby islands," added Daniel Kelly. "I'm surprised by how many local cyclists haven't been out to this island yet, and I'm hoping that posting this ride will encourage them to explore with us."

This weekend's route covers the island from tip to toe, including a loop around Maury Island via beautiful Portage Bay. The return trip will take riders along Tramp Harbor and its quirky stationary bike collection (pictured). The end of the ride will pass through the quaint town of Vashon before a fast descend to the ferry dock. There will be an optional three-mile loop out to Dilworth for those who have some legs left for a few fun and fast rollers.

With 4700 feet of elevation gain in 50 miles, this ride is recommended for more experienced cyclists who like hilly rides. Consider it one last training ride for the High Pass Challenge!


Looking for more riding opportunities? All Cascade free daily rides are published online. Everyone is welcome, but if you’re new, please read through our information for newcomers and parents. 


Also read: It’s just a hill, get over it!