Biking Bliss Awaits in North Seattle with the Burke-Gilman Trail

The Burke-Gilman Trail is one of Seattle’s many outdoor gems, and this multi-use trail runs throughout some of King County’s most scenic areas. Whether you’re new in town or still exploring King County’s gorgeous outdoor offerings, the Burke-Gilman Trail should definitely be on your Seattle-area bucket list.

Keep reading to learn 4 fun and important facts about this incredible trail so you can see what it’s all about!

1. According to TrailLink.com, the original Burke-Gilman path was established in 1885 by Thomas Burke and Daniel Gilman for logging purposes.

The route was part of the railroad and used until 1971. In 1978, the first segment of the trail as we know it today was opened for the public to use.



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2. The complete Burke-Gilman trail covers 27 miles (although this might vary depending who you ask!).

Different segments have been added over time to further connect the trail, and it’s part of King County’s 175 miles of trails.


3. The trail begins in Ballard at Golden Gardens Park and “officially” ends at Blyth Park in Bothell.

However, another segment of the trail continues from here, becoming the Sammamish River Trail. The trail is also widely used for people commuting by bike into Downtown Seattle and it’s surrounding neighborhoods. It is a safe and scenic way to get to the city for cycling enthusiasts.


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4. The Burke-Gilman runs right along some of King County’s most gorgeous views and iconic attractions.

If you start the trail in the Woodinville/Bothell area, the trail will take you along Lake Washington, by Magnuson Park, through University District, by Gas Works Park, right by all of Fremont’s attractions (like breweries, the Fremont Troll, and tons of restaurants), right along the Fremont cut, past the Ballard Locks, and right up to Golden Gardens Park. Tackling this tour in a day is not for the faint of heart, but it can be done! And sure beats sitting in traffic. 😉



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For even more info on the Burke-Gilman Trail, you can check out the trail’s Wikipedia page, take a closer look at the route map here on RouteYou.com, and read detailed directions here on TrailLink.com.

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Matt Miner

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In everything that I do as your REALTOR®, I have one guiding principle in mind: To make certain that your home-buying or selling experience is a happy, successful, wonderful life experience! We build trust and security with our clients using knowledge and transparency.