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Burke-Gilman Trail

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Burke-Gilman Trail is a 18.3 mile moderately 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.

18.3 miles
393 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



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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.

9 days ago

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
13 days ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Fun biking trail!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

trail running
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

trail running
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

trail running
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Friday, 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.

trail running
Saturday, June 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
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

Saturday, May 07, 2016


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Very nice

Friday, January 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
Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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

Wednesday, December 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
Wednesday, September 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.

Sunday, July 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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

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

trail running
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fantastic trail for miles of unobstructed anything!

trail running
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Awesome city trail!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Rollerblade from the brewery in woodinville to a coffee shop in seattle- yes you can on this trail!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Perfect trail to train on for a half-marathon!

road biking
Thursday, January 24, 2013

a great trail for viewing wine country, metro areas lake washington

mountain biking
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Great, easy, paved trail that will take you from Woodinville (via the Sammamish River Trail) all the way to Seattle. Once you get to Lake Washington, there are some great restaurants and pubs that you can make your way to for lunch. The Elliot Bay Public House and Brewery is definitely worth a stop for some of their awesome food (and desert), plus the beer of course is great. Watch out for the huge hill climb to ascend from the trail up to the city streets, you'll probably want to get off your bike and walk it.

road biking
Monday, August 13, 2012

Excellent Bike path if you live in Seattle and do not want to go out to the Country for a bike ride . A good ride after work

road biking
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Nice trail biking, running and walking

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Walking, biking or on foot, there's no better way to explore the city.

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