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Old 10-29-08, 11:17 PM   #1
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Burke Gilman Trail-Question

Does the trail go all the way around lake washington?

and how long is the trail

I was wondering because my friend and i were considering trying to go all the way around, unless its to far
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Old 10-29-08, 11:33 PM   #2
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60-70 miles round trip and the BG does NOT go all the way around.

you can get to Marymoor park in Redmond on the trail system from Gasworks Park or even the Ballard Fred Meyer wholly on the trails, then ride the bike lane along Westlake sammammish parkway all the way until you ride under I-90, then directly to the right leads you all the way thru Newcastle and heading on a big downhill for the high school.

Bend left at the high school then bend right will get you to the 405. at the 405 go kitty corner across the intersection (look for the trestle and thats the start of the path connector) to get back onto the lake washington trail and follow that all the way to Renton.

Renton, you work your way around Boeing and the municipal airport, then a little on Rainier Ave S until you pick up a good bike lane to cloverdale and a gas station. bend right at the light, about 15 minutes until a bike route sign directs you to the big downhill to Seward Park, then along lake washington Boulevard, a little confusing thru madison park (follow a rider thru this stretch if you're unsure but it's easy after you've ridden it once.) to mix it up thru the arboreteum to return to the UW across the Montlake cut bridge.

fairly straightforward, but a few confusing spots between lake washington boulevard and the arboretum.

again, check on www.cascade.org for more specific route advice, someone there will be happy to provide a more detailed turn by turn but this is pretty straightforward and direct.

from kenmore at the north end of the lake, you can cut uphill on Juanita past Bridle Trails state park and all the way thru Kirkland on nice roads there, but then working back thru Bellevue is a cluster so I recommend the westlake sammammish/i-90/newcastle route as a easy to follow connection for a round the lake ride.

its a great ride. there's many other variations as well. the westlake sammammish/cougar mountain/ coal creek is another great variation that adds a significant hill climb for conditioning and a great downhill to coal creek.

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alright thanks!
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Does the trail go all the way around lake washington?

and how long is the trail

I was wondering because my friend and i were considering trying to go all the way around, unless its to far
Hey PB, you don't have to go all the way around the lake to have a good long ride....remember that I90 cuts across the lake, and crosses Mercer Island.

So you can do:
- a lap around the entire lake
- a "northern loop" (just the northern half)
- a "southern loop" (just the southern half)

The Northern loop is quite a bit longer than the southern loop.

Go to www.bikely.com or www.veloroutes.org; you'll find a number of people have already mapped these routes out.

Also, there is a great library of Seattle-area bike rides at the website of the Seattle Bicycle Touring Club (look for the link to the maps library).
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Old 10-30-08, 09:39 AM   #5
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You can go to the maps library at http://www.seattlebiketours.org/members/library.html and get cue sheets. The trips around LW are under the Routes Starting from Gasworks Park link. There are a number of other very nice rides there as well.
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here's a map of the trail: http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=24

note that in woodinville-area it changes to the sammamish river trail, which can take you all the way down to redmond.
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fairly straightforward, but a few confusing spots between lake washington boulevard and the arboretum.
I personally find that working my way through Renton and around the airport to be more confusing. The marked route that skirts the Arboretum (south-bound) is also confusing; I got lost the first time I tried it and was successful the second time, but I didn't know where I was unti I passed the Bush school.

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from kenmore at the north end of the lake, you can cut uphill on Juanita past Bridle Trails state park.
I don't understand this one; if you're referring to Juanita Drive, it's not anywhere near Bridle Trails state park. I think that you may have some street names confused.

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working back thru Bellevue is a cluster so I recommend the westlake sammammish/i-90/newcastle route as a easy to follow connection for a round the lake ride.
West Lake Sammamish Parkway/I-90/Newport Way is indeed easier to follow, but is longer than going through Bellevue. When I go up Newport Way I turn right on 153rd Ave SE at the top of the climb instead of continuing all the way to Factoria. This goes west on SE 36th (parallel to I-90 and past the Honda dealership) down to signal at Factoria Blvd SE. The trail that goes under the I-405/I-90 interchange comes out on the sidewalk at the southwest corner of this intersection. Once you get to Lake Washington Blvd, jog left for about 100 yards to cross the street, and join the trail on the other side of the street.
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