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OPEN AIR PURSUITS by Allyson Marrs


From scenic trails to challenge rides, the area is bursting with paths begging to be paved. You can attempt them on bike or on foot, but choose the route that appeals to your inner challenger—one that speaks to your ambition.

Washington Park Arboretum
This little piece of paradise is paved in areas and bordered by blooming flowers and various tree life. It's a 230-acre plant museum on the shores of Lake Washington. At the north end of the park, you can take a trail to run the boardwalk bridges to Marsh Island—a little gem.
Great for: Bikers and Runners
Access Point: Montlake Boulevard to East Lake Washington Boulevard, follow signs for Arboretum.
Length: Several miles, varies by trail

Discovery Park Loop Trail
Only a few miles from the city center, this trail overlooks the beauty that Seattle is known for. The three-mile Loop Trail is an easy way to take in the sites, but visitors can take on extra distance with the Hidden Valley and North Beach trails, which connect to the main loop. See the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and maybe a bald eagle or two.
Great for: Runners
Access Point: South or East parking lot
Length: 2.8 miles

Tolt Pipeline Trail
This trail runs between Bothell and Duvall with a straight east-west alignment and varied terrain. During your journey, pass through Norway Hill, Woodinville wineries and equestrian estates. Expect city, suburban and natural views, with difficult, steep-grade portions.
Great for: Bikers and Runners
Access Point: Near Sammamish River Trail, above Blythe Park in Bothell
Length: 14 miles

East Lake Sammamish Trail
This newly renovated trail traces Lake Sammamish and is now freshly paved with concrete sidewalk connections. It'll take users between Redmond and Issaquah, boasting mountain and water views.
Great for: Bikers and Runners
Access Point: NE 70th Street and 176th Avenue NE, Redmond.
Length: 10.8 miles

Tiger Mountain
Enthusiasts agree that this one is best traveled south to north. It's a steady climb early on, and there's a variety of terrain to keep you awake and rolling. The newest trail offers a through-the-trees experience—to grandmother's house you go.
Great for: Bikers and Hikers
Access Point: Take Exit 17 from I-90, for Front Street, which becomes Issaquah-Hobart Road. About six miles out of city limits, turn left onto SE Tiger Mountain Road. Continue for one mile and park on the left shoulder.
Length: 16 miles

Centennial Trail
A popular trail for all—including horseback riders—boasts a doozy distance if you have it in you to go down and back. It serves as a conservation corridor, so the natural and cultural resources in the area are protected. With 30 miles of completed trail, it connects Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Arlington.
Great for: Bikers and Runners
Access Point: Several. Milepost 1, at I-90 exit 299, is a popular choice.
Snohomish to Arlington, 17.5 miles one way.

Bellevue Club trainers recommend you keep these essentials close when chasing terrain.
• Cellphone
• Water
• Sunscreen
• Antihistamine
• Bug spray
• Nuts and dried fruit
• Compact first aid/ emergency kit
• Blister treatment
• Bike pump
• Map
• I.D. or road I.D. bracelet
Also, always tell someone where you're going, and when you're expected to be back.

Ride the City (iPhone/Android)
A bicycle route planner that helps riders map a safe bike route in 39 cities, including Seattle.

Bike Doctor 2 (iPhone/Android)
An app that takes you through the step-by-step process of fixing 29 of the most common bike repairs.

BioLogic BikeBrain (iPhone)
Your phone acts as a GPS and measures your speed, distance and altitude. You can also program it for training mode, and with an upgrade, you can upload routes to social media and save the routes for future use.

LiveRider (iPhone)
Once you download, mount the sensor to your rear wheel. It provides more accurate data than GPS alone, and helps you track cadence, power output and others. You can also compare the data to previous rides.

Rendezvous (iPhone)
If you prefer to ride in a group, this app allows you to set up a ride, invite others to join and then send messages to each other. During the event, you can track the location of other cyclists.

RunKeeper (iPhone/Android)
It tracks your time, distance, pace, heart rate and even calories burned. It's also integrated with social media, making it easy to share results.

Endomondo (iPhone/Android)
It has all the basics you'd expect, plus you can create routes and challenge your times and friends. Some cooler features include an audio coach, hydration tracking and sending friends pep talks.

Zombies, Run! (iPhone/Android)
This fun app is for those who need a little motivation to get moving. It's a run for survival, and you build a base of supplies while running from zombies during interval training.

Cruise Control (iPhone)
A music-based app adjusts the tempo of your music based on your speed, without altering the pitch. You can set it so it detects your pace, or you can program your pace—nine-minute miles, for example.

WalkJogRun (iPhone)
Using GPS, this finds routes in your area, which are organized by length. Runners can also leave notes about the paths, so you can pick up tips.

Sources for other biking and running map routes.

Seattle Bike Program:
King County Bike Maps:
Northwest Trail Runs:
Map My Run:

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