Burke-Gilman Trail, Seattle

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The Burke-Gilman Sammamish Trail is a rail trail in King County, Washington. The 27mi multi-use recreational trail is part of the King County Regional Trail System and occupies an abandoned Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway corridor.The Burke-Gilman segment is managed by the City of Seattle south of NE 145th Street. The trail begins at 11th Avenue NW in Ballard and follows along the Lake Washington Ship Canal and north along Lake Washington. At Blyth Park in Bothell the trail becomes the Sammamish River Trail and continues for to Marymoor Park, Redmond, on Lake Sammamish. With the completion of a connector trail through Marymoor Park in May, 2009 the trail network continues to the city of Issaquah via the East Lake Sammamish Trail. With the addition of the connector, the longest unbroken segment of the trail currently extends 42 miles. It runs between Ballard and Tracy Owen Station in Kenmore (its initial eastern end), or to Blyth Park. The Seattle Parks Department considers the Burke-Gilman segment of the trail to end in Kenmore; The total distance from Golden Gardens Park to Bothell, including the proposed "missing link" through Ballard, is 19.8mi. King County considers that the segments divide in Bothell, Judge Burke and Daniel Gilman's original Road east ran past Snoqualmie Falls, before North Bend.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Loved the variety of scenery on this trail; a lot of it was covered with trees for shade although not all of it; we rode 20 miles up, to close to the end of the trail where we ate at Hollywood Tavern ...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    The Burke Gilman trail is a true gem, being the first rail to trail conversion in the region. It links the suburban communities to the north and east of Lake Washington to Seattle, passing through the...  more »
  • May 10, 2017
    This is one of those great outdoor assets of Seattle. Even if you just go for a short walk it's worth a visit. Lots of people bike, run and walk on the trail. This time of year is really a nice time t...  more »

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