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Burke-Gilman Trail: Ballard Bridge to Bothell

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Burke-Gilman Trail: Ballard Bridge to Bothell is a 18.3 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Seattle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 18.3 miles Elevation Gain: 393 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips

road biking


bird watching




partially paved

rails trails


wild flowers


The Burke-Gilman Trail runs more than 18 miles from Shilshole Bay in the City of Seattle to the City of Bothell where it intersects the Sammamish River Trail. The trail is a paved, off-road facility over its entire length with the exception of an on-road segment in Ballard. Converted rail trail along Lake Washington in Seattle. Connects to the North Creek and Sammamish river trails in Bothell.

This was our first experience on the Burke Gilman. This trail is amazing, beautiful route through north Seattle. Lots of shaded areas and great views along Lake Washington. The whole family enjoyed the day.

3 months ago

It has good views for a city trail. Perfect for long runs!

road biking
4 months ago

relatively easy trail allowing many opportunities to view areas surrounding Seattle

Wed Jun 26 2019

walked from the fremont bridge to Ballard, it's a nice trail but beware bicycling douchebags who think it's only a biking trail

Sat Oct 20 2018

I’ve been utilizing this trail for over 15 years and not bored with it yet. There are so many areas to access the trail that one could possibly hike/walk for several days straight and never cover the same area twice. This is a great trail if your training to run or walk a marathon. Only drawbacks are that it is very flat (if your looking for a bit of a workout) and high traffic including cyclists. 15 mph signs are posted for cyclists, but almost completely disregarded.

Fri Oct 05 2018

I still have yet to make it into the city on this track but definitely great for checking off miles!

Mon Aug 13 2018

Love going for long runs on this trail

Tue Aug 07 2018

this is a great urban riding paved type trail.

Thu Jul 12 2018

it's what you'd expect of an urban trail.. lots of people, especially bicyclists, but the trail is quite wide, features a nice view of the bridge and the water and Gas Works Park is a neat park all on its own, featuring views of the Seattle skyline and is a great place to end.

road biking
Sun Jul 08 2018

Awesome, took the trail from Bothell to Matthews park. Very nice ride, beautiful views of the water from the trail and parks along the way.

Thu Apr 26 2018

Honestly best enjoyed on a bike and with some patience. Biking douche bag's recreating a Tour De France time trial , Passive aggressive's unleashing their pent up anger, neck beard's of sweat & stale IPA's, yup it's the Burke.

Fri Apr 20 2018

4/19/2018 (Thursday) - Walk along the river on both sides of the Bothell bridge. The good view on both sides is nice. In summer and fall, the trees may provide good shade too. I take the folk to the campus of UW Bothell, and the trail is connected to the North Creek Trail, which I will try in the near future.

Mon Jul 31 2017

Fun biking trail!

Sun Jul 09 2017

beautiful view of seattle. it's a short walk but the view makes it all worth it.

Sun Jul 09 2017

Sun Jun 11 2017

within Seattle city limits the trail winds through UW on the streets. not very well maintained.

Tue May 30 2017

Sun May 28 2017

Fri May 12 2017

Nice trail for biking, very well maintained with great views of the lake. Plenty of spots to take a breather and sip some water. It merges into Sammamish river trail which makes for scenic ride along the river bank.

Sat Jun 04 2016

I used to live near this trail, so it was neat to revisit the area recently. The BG is part of the Rails to Trails program.

mountain biking
Tue May 24 2016

It's the B&G, how can you not like it ?!

Sat May 07 2016


Sat Apr 30 2016

Very nice

Fri Jan 22 2016

Regularly ran the first portion (maybe the first third?). Well-paved; nice along the water, then turns urban pretty quickly, but all nice areas. An easy, mostly-level run (as long as you stay away of bikers around the many blind corners -- headphones not recommended).

road biking
Tue Jan 06 2015

Wonderful and busy trail in Seattle. Great for recreational cyclists, runners and lots of bike commuters.

Wed Dec 31 2014

Affectionately known as the "center of the universe" Fremont makes for a nice urban hike and Gas works park is a good starting point, and final destination.

road biking
Wed Sep 17 2014

We started out ride on the BGT at Gas Works park. Soon after passing under I-5 we entered the UW campus area and began encountering numerous major construction projects. Detours were poorly marked and we were forced onto busy streets and sidewalks. Finally, around the UW sports complex, we lost the trail completely. At that point we turned around and rode through the campus (this was a nice ride). I suggest bypassing the UW campus portion of the BGT until construction is completed. Instead, go west from Gas Works Park through Fremont and Ballard or start in Bothell and ride south.

Sun Jul 27 2014

I "urban hiked" from USCG Station Seattle all the way to Gas Works Park in Fremont just to watch the summer solstice parade in June (2014). I could have driven, but why bother when I have feet? This is only a 3-mile loop of a 14-mile round-tripper for me. What fun it was, but afterward my feet hurt. To be clear, I was a spectator. If you haven't ever been to the solstice parade, google it first for details, then go. Just. Go.

Sat Mar 29 2014

I bike ride and hike this trail many times; smooth easy and scenic trail!

Sun Nov 10 2013

Fantastic trail for miles of unobstructed anything!

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