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Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle, WA
206 684 4075
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Ranked #25 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Type: Trails, Biking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Biking
Description: A paved path offering scenic views for hikers and bikers alike.
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This trail is a looooong one. You have many options as far as where to start. It goes from at least Everett, which is about 20 miles North of Seattle, all the way down to Seattle and beyond. Bring sandwiches and stop at a park on Lake Union for lunch and take a dip. There are many places to see... More

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A small town in Northwest Washington
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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Goes along the lake for many miles. My favorite is to parks at Lake Forest Park shopping center and then bike the trail through Kenmore and over to the river trail into Woodinville and Red Hook or the wineries.

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Newberg, Oregon
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

What a great find. We were looking for trails to ride our bikes on that did not allow motorized vehicles. Trail is easy to ride for all riders. Trail is busy with walkers, runners and all levels of bike riders. Everyone was very considerate and followed the rules of the road. Lots of place to pull over and look at... More

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Chilliwack, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Burke Gilman Trail is a fantastic scenic paved bike trail with minimal grade changes and is accessible from many different neighbourhoods around Seattle.

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Seattle, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Burke-Gilman trail is always an adventure. It does not matter if you're on your bike, jogging, or rollerblading. You might just want to take a long walk. You are sure to enjoy it.

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135 reviews 135 reviews
30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I love the length of this trail, and how well it works for runners, walkers, and bicyclists. It is a bit dull in terms of scenery though.

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Seattle, WA
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6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I love that the Burke-Gilman exists as a pedestrian-friendly route through some very scenic, dense areas of Seattle. To that end, it's sometimes quicker than taking alternative transportation. Adding to its allure is it connects to the Sammamish River Trail (in Bothell/Woodinville -- affording one the opportunity of continuing all the way to Redmond) and the Lake Washington Bike Route,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We loved taking the Burke-Gilman trail on bicycles rented from our hotel. It was the highlight of our holiday and allowed us to see parts of Seattle we wouldn't have otherwise seen. The best bits were Ballard, the delicious food carts at the University of Washington Campus and the Gas Works Park providing incredible views of the city.

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Seattle, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle is a treasure for both locals and tourists alike, and I use portions of the trail almost every day. The section I am most familiar with is from the University District to Ballard. Parts of this section include spectacular views of Lake Union and Downtown Seattle. It also offers direct access to Gas Works... More

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Helena, MT
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121 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The Burke-Gilman is a great plus for Seattle. We visit Seattle from out of state fairly often and Jane got her MSW at UW. Walking the Burke-Gilman was always fun. Good exercise and a different view of the city, the university and the entire area. Plus there are so many wild blackberries along the way at the right time of... More

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