May is Bike Month here at Chinook Book and we're going to use the rest of this month to post about our favorite bike rides/trails around Seattle. Last time the trail was a popular 30-mile tour from Ballard to Redmond, so for this next route we're going to choose something a little less frequented.
WHAT IS IT?
Dubbed "IF South Loop" by its creator, this bike trail spans 19-miles around the lower half of Bainbridge Island. Starting and ending in Bainbridge proper, by Waypoint Park, the loop passes through Fort Ward Park, Blakely Harbor Park Trail, and Gazzam Lake Nature preserve. Fort Ward Park has a magnificent loop trail that follows the western coast of the island. Stop for a rest on the steps of the Fort that shares its name with the park, or keep trekking under the forest canopy. As you return to your starting point, you'll come across The Labyrinth Mosaic, which was created by artist Jeffrey Bale in 2014. The mosaic was meant to depict the medieval calendar and each section is colored according to the seasonal weather. When you pull back into the town proper, take a break with a glass of wine or two from Eleven Winery.
WHAT MAKES IT GREAT
A fantastic tour of the southern half of Bainbridge Island complete with parks, beaches, and forested areas. Truly a natural garden if one were to categorize it.