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Burke-Gilman Trail

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Address: Seattle, WA
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+1 206-684-4075

A paved path offering scenic views for hikers and bikers alike.

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Walk and Wander

The Burke Gilman offers a pathway through Seattle and beyond to the suburbs that takes you through some truly beautiful areas with stunning views. The trail will allow you to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 November 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Burke Gilman offers a pathway through Seattle and beyond to the suburbs that takes you through some truly beautiful areas with stunning views. The trail will allow you to cut along Lake Washington and other areas in relative safety from cars and traffic except at the various street crossings. Be advised, if you're walking watch out for the bicyclists.... More 

Thank hfulghum
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Dangerous (due to traffic and RR tracks) in places, poorly marked, and populated all along with homeless camps.

Thank Cynthia M
Seattle, Washington
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Fabulous, popular off-road biking and walking trail that runs nearly 20 miles from Puget Sound in Ballard to beyond the top of Lake Washington and into Redmond.

Thank VickiHo
Washington, the State
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Sometimes it's difficult to share the trail with the bikers, but we have found that they are very courteous and announce their presence. On some parts of the trail homeless folks sleeping during the day there are a concern - would not recommend walking there in the dark!

Thank simivalley1699
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We walked along this trail from Hawthorne Hills to the Horticultural Center, where we were going for a memorial service. We shared memories of the departed as we walked along this beautiful, peaceful trail.

Thank MargaretBenefiel
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The Burke Gilman trail is a lovely remnant of the old civic design sensibility that inspired Seattle developers, with some of the good urban planning innovations of rails to trails and lake front neighborhood access routes. Sections are densely tree-lined lane, others offer views of Lake Washington and the city at a distance. You can get along well on foot... More 

Thank Sean H
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Beautiful trail, much of it shaded by trees and flanked by water. Rent a bike from Recycled Cycles (great bikes and customer service...and reasonable prices)...spend a couple of hours or the entire day...you won't be disappointed!

Thank bikelvr426
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Yes, this is a beautiful train, skirting the lake, connecting communities, getting from Ballard to Redmond. It is what a trail should be. But because it is so popular, it is also very crowded. And too many bikers have that certain "attitude" that can make it unpleasant if you are not up to standard. That said, it is a good... More 

Thank JTSeattle
Jacksonville, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Both walked and biked this amazing trail. Rented bikes from Woodinville Bicycle - and highly recommend that so you can explore this incredible area resource!

Thank RogerOverUnder
Seattle, Washington
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620 reviews
185 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a great bike trail that runs through the city and is fairly flat the entire length. Great for commuting by bike or walking, it is protected from cars, lights, etc most of the way.


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