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I took the Hunqapillar out on a 19-miler today to get some biking in the New Year. It was a beautiful, warmish day with nice light. The route I’m starting to make into a training ride takes me on a loop through some of the more scenic parts of north Seattle.


Locks and Gardens, a set on Flickr.

I start the ride from Maple Leaf and make my way through the U of W campus. I use trails through Fremont and lower Magnolia to the Ballard Locks. There was little activity there, so it was a breeze to cross over to the north side of the canal.
I picked up the trail to Golden Gardens. At that point the climbing starts with a nice quick rise to Crown Hill. Several ridges take be back through Greenwood to Maple Leaf.