Outdoor Seattle

Burke Gilman Trail should be on your Seattle treasure list

The Sammamish/Burke Gilman River Trail runs 32 miles.  You can see the trail by clicking SRT/BGT.  It begins in Marymoor Park in Redmond and winds through Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and then on to Gas Works Park in Seattle. You go from Gas Works Park on to Freemont and the trail ends in Ballard.  It is a few more miles on city streets to Chittenden Locks and ultimately Shilshole Bay where you can dip your feet into the water at Golden Garden Park and its sandy beach.  This makes the total one way trip about 37 miles. The entire trail is paved and extends to a width of twelve feet to allow bikers or walkers to enjoy the trail in pairs or groups.  You will find a combination of walkers, bikers, or inline skaters, and those pushing strollers enjoying the trail.  There is parking at Marymoor Park, two spots in Woodinville along the trail, and at the Tracy Owen Station in Lake Forest Park.  If you are considering biking you will have access to bike shops in Redmond, Woodinville, on the trail as you get close to University Village, and on the trail in Freemont.  If it is a sunny day you will be lured to stop at the wineries in Woodinville or the Red Hook Brewery that is just off the trail.  Really good restaurant options and picnicking spots are just too numerous to list.  I use this trail to get ready for the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride.  I start at Marymoor and return giving me over sixty miles.  I add a side trip from the trail where it passes the University and I ride to Seward Park and back which gives me closer to eighty miles.  It also gives me a chance to ride along the arboretum and then Lake Washington Boulevard that of course runs along Lake Washington.  If you go early in the morning you will see deer, herons, bald eagles on occasion, hawks, and a lot of birds native to Seattle.  A good deal of the trail has been replanted to create an eco system that accommodates our wildlife.  The trip is a wonderful combination of natural beauty, good food, and a fair workout on a Saturday or Sunday.  The path does start to fill around 9 AM on sunny days so honor the etiquette of the path.
A walk along the path, a bike ride, or skate can be a great cheap date, a great place to take the kids, or a wonderful view of natural beauty in Seattle while you workout.


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  1. Pingback: Bike Ride from Gas Works Park to Golden Gardens…Leasure ride, family friendly, great date ride | Seattle Trekker

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