Seattle's Burke-Gilman trail is a 27 mile multi-use recreational trail beloved by the city's walkers, joggers and especially by its cyclists. If you include the trail's connection with Marymoor Park which took place in 2009 then it runs for a full 40 miles! It is a fantastic way to get out and see the city through one of its central arteries. All kinds of people come out to enjoy the route while it also allows you to see some of the city's great locations including Puget Sound, Gas Works Park, Lake Union, the University of Washington, the Fremont Neighborhood and the Warren G. Magnusson Park.
Things to Do
- Probably the best way to enjoy the trail is on two wheels. If you are from out of town and don't have a bicycle with you it is possible to rent one. There are plenty of bike rental options which you can look up around the city. Here is a list of possible stores in Seattle and King County. Cascade Bicycle Club is heavily involved in the organization Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail; they provide another list which can be seen here.
Burke-Gilman Bike Trail Insider Tips
- You can see a map of the trail's route with a number of amenities and destinations marked out along the way here.
- The organization Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail are a volunteer group that dedicate thousands of hours a year to maintaining the trail and keeping it safe for all users. They are also committed to keeping pressure on the City of Seattle to fully complete the route. There is no charge to become a member, simply sign up on their webpage and see how you can help out!