Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Bethesda & Rock Creek.

Distance

28.42

miles

Bike Ride

CLIMB
466 ft

Begins in:
Washington , DC, United States
Created By:
J.P. Keese
Description:
This is a great non-rushour/holiday ride. From Capitol Hill, you go down the National Mall past the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, the WWII, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials. Continue along the Potomac River via Rock Creek PKWY by the Kennedy Center, turn left into Thompson's Boathouse to the Washington Harbour and the Georgetown Waterfront. Continue on the Capital Crescent trail, with a gentle but steady 7.5 mile climb to downtown Bethesda. Contining to Chevy Chase, the Trail (now marked Georgetown Branch Trail) becomes hard pack gravel after the Bethsda Tunnel to Silver Spring. If you need repairs or some cool bike Swag, stop at CityBikes on the trial just after CT. Ave. Continue right past # 2 and #17 at Columbia CC. Pick up the Rock Creek trail .25 mi after the B&O Trestle Bridge. Follow the Rock Creek trial, parts of which are on Beach Drive (so look out for cars on weekdays-- weekends most of Beach Drive is closed to Auto traffic. There is one short climb at Wise Rd then it's all downhill back to Thompson's Boathouse in G'town. Follow the river back to the Lincoln Memorial, up the mall to the Capitol.
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