If you are looking for great motorcycle rides from the south Puget Sound, this might be for you. From beautiful scenery to great little diners, this ride will keep you smiling…but don’t smile too much, you might end up with bugs in your teeth!
Auburn to Snoqualmie Falls
We jumped onto highway 18 in Auburn and headed for the hills. This is the only small section that we rode on a major highway, after all, there is not too much that is relaxing and fun about riding next to people in their cars…unless you consider dodging distracted drivers fun!
On your way to Snoqulmie Falls, you will be passing by Tiger Mountain State Forest. There are many beginner trails that are easily walked, even in riding boots.
Poo Poo Point offers great views across Issaquah and Lake Sammamish to the northwest as well as Squak Creek and Cougar Mountains to the west. In addition, its commonly used by para gliders as a take off point. Take a walk up and watch them glide down the to the valley below.
Just up the highway from Tiger Mountain, you will come to Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge. This is a must see and is a big part of why this is one of the great motorcycle rides that you must take in Washington. Once you arrive, there is plenty to see. There is a 2 acre park, a gift shop (if you need a coffee they sell that too!), the observation deck, and of course the 270-foot waterfall. The sheer volume of water that is moving over the falls is astonishing and an incredible sight, which help to explain the more then 1.5 million visitors each year.
Continuing north through Carnation
Once you have taken in all the beauty of Snoqualmie Falls, it’s time to get moving. About 10 miles up the 203, you will run into the quaint little town of Carnation. If you’re getting hungry, you should swing into the Carnation cafe. They have good food at a reasonable price and the staff is incredibly friendly.
To continue with the plan of avoiding as much traffic and civilization as possible, you are going to want to get off of the 203 at Novelty and take West Snoqualmie Valley Road. This keeps you riding next to the river in much less populated areas.
Near Pearson Eddy, the road will become High Ridge Road, it’s okay…same road, new name. Continue on through the canopy of trees and river views (the road will change names again, this time becoming Elliot Road and then Connelly Road). When you get to highway 9, head north. Continue on through Arlington and Pilchuck until you arrive at Lake McMurray. This is a great place to stop and stretch your legs while you enjoy the water views.
Headed to the Fildago Bay Aquatic Reserve!
As you depart Lake McMurray, highway 9 will become highway 534. You will continue your ride through the country and farmlands that make this one of the great motorcycle rides in Washington. Shortly after you get on highway 20 and just before you arrive in the quiet little city of Anacortes, you will come across the Fildago Bay Aquatic Reserve.
Fildago Bay is just one of seven reserves in Washington that is dedicated to protecting native species and their habitats. If you decide to stop at this 780 acre tidelands you will likely see migratory birds, peregrine falcons, and even some bald eagles.
Into Anacortes, you go.
Once you are in Anacortes, there are a few different things that you can do. You could visit the Maritime heritage museum or the W.T. Preston steamboat.
Stepping onto the steamboat is like stepping into the past. The history of this vessel runs deep and it is now one of only two snag boats remaining in the United States. The purpose of this steamboat was to remove navigational hazards from the waters of the Puget Sound ensuring safe travels for other vessels.
The Anacortes museum will take you back in time with photos and displays and teach you the history of this great little town.
Perhaps you have heard of this little gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts, but perhaps you have not.
The Oyster Run began in 1981 when a few friends wanted to take a ride and eat some oysters before the summer came to an end. The next year a few more bikers joined them and even more the following year. It has since grown to be the largest motorcycle rally in Washington. On the fourth Sunday of September, tens of thousands of motorcyclists converge on this tiny city of 16,000 people.
There are streets full of vendors selling merchandise, food, and services. If you are in need of some new gloves or a jacket, you can find it there. Need some accessories for your bike? Yep, you will find those there as well. Interested in joining a motorcycle club? there are many of them being represented at the Oyster Run.
If you love to watch people do stunts on classic motorcycles, then you will love the Cossacks. The Seattle Cossacks began riding as a stunt club in the 1930s and have continued to thrill the audience ever since.
They all ride pre-1950 motorcycles and perform a lot of stunts that are amazing to watch. They do not use ropes, props, or any other gimmick…they actually do all of these stunts without a “safety net”.
You may also see riding demonstrations, roller derby girls, and there are always live bands playing throughout the day.
As the day comes to an end, whether you want to make the ride home tonight, or stay the night and head out in the morning, there is one more thing that you must see. Make sure that you take the short ride out to Deception Pass and get some time in looking at the incredible views.
Have you done this ride? Do you have a ride suggestion? I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment below.
All in all, it’s a great way to spend the day!