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This is a great feed for newbies to the area! Looking forward to trying some of these walks/hikes out! Thank you!
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4/24/12 1:40 P

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I was just going through my Saved Favorites list and found this great thread from 2009. I'm replying to bring it up on the boards again to share the great info and hopefully get some more places to walk added to the list.

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My wife and I accidentally "discovered" this path about a month ago. We went for a bike ride from Lake Hills Park (center-right on map in that PDF) and my wife's bike chain kept coming off.

She stopped at SE 16th St. and 156th Ave NE. as I went back to get car to pick her up. We noticed the path at opposite corner and took it from there to/around Larson lake (yellow/blue trails on map).

It was quite nice indeed. It was fun finding such a nice trail right in our own back yard, practically, that we didn't know was there.

Now that I see the map, might try to do the red loop around Phantom Lake this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

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You're welcome for the walks and thanks to Kungfood I will map these out when I get a chance. I didn't know about this feature before -- great to know.

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That's a great list, KGWinder. Thank you!

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4/3/09 5:54 P

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Did you know you can map your walks on SparkPeople?

Go to Healthy Lifestyles pulldown menu on main screen and under the Fitness selection you'll find a mapping feature!

You need a start/end address.

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4/3/09 4:31 P

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Eastside Audubon is hosting walks at the Kirkland Watershed on Saturdays, 11am through June. See Jan's contact phone number and lots of info on this link:
www.eastsideaudubon.org/calendar/jan
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Maybe you'll see egrets or other birds... sorry, the stork was as close as I could get with the emoticons!
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Another great resource for hikes:
www.takeahikeseattle.com/woodedhikes
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Edited by: KUNGFOOD at: 4/3/2009 (16:40)

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4/1/09 5:52 P

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Where's the Kirkland Watershed?? Sounds terrific!

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3/29/09 7:44 P

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--For more major hikes (3+ hour walks):
Tiger Mountain/Denny Creek - Please take a partner! There are young people doing target practice from time to time. multiple trails, and lilies will be out soon.

Cougar Mountain - see the missile silo, make the mid part of your walk at the Newcastle golf club for a beautiful vista and lunch

Tolt Pipeline (east edge of Woodinville - 150 PL NE) - wonderful long rolling walk, near horse farms. We've seen wolfs, have a leash ready for your dog. Horses frequent this area as do many joggers. Trail is a nice mix of terrain.

Bridle Trails - you can make this an amazingly long walk and there are always wonderful horses along the way

Kirkland Watershed - hidden, perfect for an early morning to see owl, coyote, garter snakes, jack rabbits...walk very softly and be on the wild side - approach is from the west.

--For more than just a walk:
Marymoore (Redmond)- windmill, watch soccer, climbing wall, watch rugby, great dog park...$1 parking.

St. Edwards Park (Kenmore) Many open air grassy strolls, woods and near the center a medicinal garden and the foot massage path (reflexology - done by Bastyr) - a must do!!! Weekdays the cafeteria has a great priced buffet of extremely health food.

Bellevue Botanical (Bellevue)- always changing, beautiful and you can even volunteer to pull a few weeds

Kelsey Creek (Believe) - love those animals, links into trails.

Sammamish Slew trail (Bot hell/Redmond)- muskrat, crayfish, blue heron, dogs are welcome on the side grass trail....plan as there are no bathroom breaks and high traffic

Bellevue Blueberry Farm area - so many trails hard to detail - one end has a lake - the other a northwest garden exhibit.

Sixty Acres (Redmond)-- walk the loop and watch the balloon from late May through August landing at sunset, or people practicing loop-de-loops with model planes. High traffic due to soccer.

Farrell-McWhirter Park (redmond) - again animals and nice wooded walks.

Not really a walk -
Rent canoes at Enatai beach park (Bellevue)and paddle through the keys (south) or slew - wild turtles, wood ducks, salamanders, geese....just eat your lunch outside of the canoe or the birds will come in to join you.

Mini Mountain (Bellevue) - indoor skiing - what a hoot!

Vertical Club (Redmond) - rock climb 1 foot off the ground, excellent upper body work out.

This last one is out of range but sooo worthwhile!
North Creek County Park - a board walk across a marsh land - full of every type of bird (nats too bring your bug repellent) The nature's sound track is beautiful and musical. Just north of this trail is Central Market 15605 Main St, Mill Creek, WA on of the best selections of produce anywhere in the Seattle Area. At least four types of sweet potatoes, fresh dragon fruit, organic at the best prices, it is like walking into a Larry's, Uwajimaya, Farmer's Market, Fisherman's Terminal all in one. So go from a great shopping trip and take a walk at the same time.


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3/26/09 12:12 P

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When I lived on Mercer Island, my favorite walk through woods was NW section of Pioneer Park on the south end (Island Crest Way and 68th). It's beautiful and magical in the spring and summer when not muddy. Park in the shopping area across from it on 68th or along 84th. emoticon

Luther Burbank Park on the north end of Mercer Island is also fine for those who prefer more open air spaces and has the advantage of lakefront, plus an off leash area for dogs (and off leash kids! emoticon )

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3/14/09 3:18 P

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Thanks for the hiking guide! I'm always up for trying some new territory.

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3/13/09 8:29 A

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You can count on me to get in touch with team members when I get back out that way!

Meantime check this out:
www.weekendhike.com/2008/05/coal-cre
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The post is old, I know I hiked this (Coal Creek) last time I was out there in 2007, so I'm not sure about the current status. Hopefully the trails have reopened, keep an eye on it and if it's not opened put in a friendly word at the Parks Dept.

Anyway there are a lot of good suggestions on that link! Let me know if you try any of them.

Edited by: KUNGFOOD at: 3/13/2009 (08:31)

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3/12/09 9:04 P

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KungFood you'll have to get together with some of us the next time you are out here. I've lived in WA for almost 9 years but really the last 1.5 years I've been out exploring.

Do you know any hikes that are a little harder but not straight uphill?

The Kirkland walk... is a good one. I've done that a couple of times with some friends. A good after brunch walk that doesn't get you all sweaty.

My favorite one is Starting at Bothell Landing and connecting to the Sammamish Trail to Red Hook. No you don't have to drink beer - Some friends and I would rollerblade from Woodin Park to Red Hook and watch the summer movies. Fun stuff!

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I've wanted to try a couple of loops on the Bridle Trail park but just looked it up and realized it's primarily an equestrian park. But you can still walk on it. It's off of the 70th street exit on I-405. Has anyone walked these trails?

Also I would recommend Discovery Park in Magnolia if you like to walk around the woods. It seems like it is way out in the middle of nowhere driving there... but the views are gorgeous! A friend and I went over there before the "winter weather" set in and I have pics of a baby seal that was on the beach. It has a light house, sail boats go over there... just very scenic.

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Environment
/Trails/whatisthe.htm choose Discovery Park

Also there are different trails you can take and mix and match the trails if you don't feel it was long enough. There are lots of people (the two times I've been there) that meet up and walk through that park so it seems pretty safe with the benefit of trees and the grenery. There is a wastewater treatment plant there (no it doesn't smell) but it's doesn't fit in either. :)

Just wanted to bring that up as an option.

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3/8/09 5:48 P

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Newcastle Beach Park Nature Loop


Nestled next to Lake Washington, Newcastle Beach Park provides the visitor with an abundance of recreational opportunities. The nature trail, located in the wetland forest to the south, is a 3/4 mile loop. Hiking here you may experience the rare sighting of ospreys or bald eagles. The deciduous forest stands tall with cottonwoods, alders, and hawthorns overhead, and salmonberry and Indian plum below. The soft-surface trail offers glimpses of Lake Washington, and wildlife is abundant with birds and small animals running through the underbrush. When the hike is over, the beach is a perfect place to cool your feet.

To reach the trailhead:
4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE

Directions:

From I-405, take the 112th Avenue SE exit (#9). At the top of the ramp, turn west towards Lake Washington. Turn right onto Lake Washington Blvd SE. Continue down hill into the park.


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This is a great beginning walk. It takes you from Peter Kirk Park at the King County Library down Kirkland Avenue to Lake Street and then through Marina Park where you will see the Puddle Jumpers sculpture. Return along Central Avenue, to Lake Street and Park Lane (more sculptures along here), then back to Peter Kirk Park.

Quick Facts:

* .8 Miles
* 30 - 45 Minutes
* Easy Difficulty
* Benches



* Drinking Fountain
* On-site Parking
* Paved Pathways
* Tables

Activities:
Fishing Tennis
Basketball Exercise & Fitness
Swimming Baseball
Biking/Cycling Inline Skating/Rollerblading
Paddling Walking
Hiking/Trail Running

Directions:

From I-405, take the NE 85th Street exit (exit 18) toward Kirkland and turn slight right onto NE 85th Street / WA-908. Stay straight to go onto Central Way. Turn left onto 3rd Street. End at 202 3rd Street, Kirkland.


Edited by: KUNGFOOD at: 3/9/2009 (16:35)

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3/8/09 2:40 P

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I'm getting tired of Juanita Bay park, as nice as it is.
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Love tromping around the woods at St Edwards (though the last hike up from the lake there nearly killed me) and especially love Pioneer Park on MI when it isn't muddy.
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Not crazy about Bellevue's version of Greenlake next door to the mall, not sure why.
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Would love some new places to walk in. Where's your fave?


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