Gig Harbor/ Port Orchard Loop

When you see this awesome view, you are nearly done, but there is one last hill to enjoy

When you see this awesome view, you are nearly done, but there is one last hill to enjoy

This is not a Portland bike route. In fact, it is a 3 hour drive from Portland. Regardless, it is an excellent route. It has several hills, but nothing severe (though there is one short 12% drag and if you vary off track there are some that look brutal).

Gig Harbor is beautiful and Port Orchard is quite nice too. There are great views of Navy ships, ferries and, from the boat ramp in Manchester, you can check out the Seattle skyline.

Starting in the early morning before the marine layer of fog burns off means you have a good chance of beating the heat. In addition, that area is normally much cooler in the summer than Portland.

If you haven’t seen Gig Harbor, it is definitely worth the trip from Portland. If you are feeling particularly frisky, the ride goes right by the Southworth Ferry, so one could shoot over to Vashon Island check that out to.

Bremerton Ferry on its way to Seattle

Bremerton Ferry on its way to Seattle

View from Manchester

View of Seattle from Manchester

 

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