Amazing scenery, great parks, and wonderful restaurants are found all along the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs more than 18 miles from Shilshole Bay in the city of Seattle to the City of Bothell where it intersects the Sammamish River Trail. This is part of the “Locks to Lakes Corridor,” the trail is paved and off-road over its entire length with the exception of a small segment in Ballard making it an excellent bicycle trail. The trail crosses Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, the University District and View Ridge within the City of Seattle, as well as the cities of Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Bothell. The BGT is well managed and maintained.
The trail follows a historic railroad route near the Lake Washington Ship Canal and north along Lake Washington to the Sammamish River Trail. Along its course you pass the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Fremont Canal Park, Gas Works Park, University of Washington, Magnuson Park, Log Boom Park in Kenmore, Wayne Golf Course in Bothell and Blyth Park in Bothell. This is King County’s best-known regional trail and is highly popular with cyclists, joggers, skaters and strollers. During the week the trail is an important non-motorized route for weekday bicycle commuters between Seattle and the Eastside. The trail provides great access and views of the Ship Canal, Lake Union, Seattle neighborhoods, suburban cities, Lake Washington, and points east via other regional trails.
Length: 18.8 miles (Seattle and King County)
Surface: Trail is paved with soft surface shoulder
Access Points: Gasworks Park, Matthews Beach Park, Log Boom Park
Use: All non-motorized uses are permitted
Disability Access: Gasworks Park and Log Boom Park
Sammamish River Trail
The Sammamish River Trail runs 10.9 miles from Bothell (this is where the Burke-Gilman ends and the Sammamish River Trail begins…it is seamless) to Marymoor Park in Redmond as part of the “Locks to Lakes Corridor.” The trail is paved its entire length and is also one of King County’s most popular regional trails. The trail offers extraordinary views of the broad Sammamish River Valley, Cascade foothills and Mt. Rainier. Bicyclists, joggers, skaters, and walkers enjoy the trail as a regional recreation resource. The SRT is also used extensively by commuters as a non-motorized corridor between suburban cities and Seattle. Unlike the Burke-Gilman portion of the trail a separate soft-surface path runs parallel to the trail between Woodinville and Marymoor Park and provides access for equestrians. Starting at its intersection with the Burke-Gilman Trail near Blyth Park in the City of Bothell, the SRT continues east and south through Woodinville and Redmond, passing Bothell Landing, Sammamish River Park, Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville, Northshore Athletic Fields, Woodinville’s wineries and breweries, Sixty Acres Park, and Redmond City Hall and parks before entering King County’s Marymoor Park. A trail extension connects the trail with the East Lake Sammamish Trail via Marymoor Park. The trail also provides access to the Power Line and the Bear Creek Trails in Redmond.
Length: 10.9 miles
Access Points: Blyth Park, Bothell Landing, Jerry Wilmot Park, 60-Acre Park, and Marymoor Park