We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle, WA
206 684 4075
Update attraction details
Ranked #30 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Type: Trails, Biking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Biking
Description: A paved path offering scenic views for hikers and bikers alike.
Write a Review

103 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Helena, MT
Top Contributor
332 reviews 332 reviews
107 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I've had a very nice relationship with the Burke-Gilman Trail for several years now. I take my hat off to all of the people who worked hard to make this former railbed into a wonderful asphalt walking, cycling, and jogging byway. I can't even fathom all the red tape, politics, legalize, hard work, and patience that the folks who put... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I had the best time discovering the Burke-Gilman trail on bike. Most of the trail runs beside Lake Washington, and you get beautiful views of the lake. Plus, going south on the trail you can sometimes get a glimpse of magnificent Mount Rainier on a clear day. Most of the trail is very level and very well maintained. Restrooms are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Bike riders - you are going to love this beautifully paved trail! The stretch is long from Seattle to Bothell - and can then be connected to the Sammish trail. You will find great views of Lake Washington and some incredible homes. Lots of walkers, bicycles and people of all ages. A great free activity for the day!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spokane, Washington
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

The Burke provides a great route for a ride away from traffic, but be aware that you'll encounter every manner of trail user, from racers in training to clueless wanderers and everyone in between. It's good for a walk, a ride, a run or a stroll. Some areas are more scenic than others, but they are all pleasant.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I work right by the Burke-Gilman trail and often take walks during the day. It is a great trail, well paved, and wide enough for a few bikers and walkers. There are a few spots that get congested, especially when the weather is nice, but overall, very enjoyable.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Going through the UWashington campus kind of sucks. Too many people obliviously walking around with their noses stuck in their cell phones and iPods, but otherwise it's a nice aspect of Seattle.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kenmore, Washington
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Look what they can do where old RR tracks used to go! We live right by this trail, and you would awe struck to see how many people use it every day, especially on the weekends! Bikers, walkers, babies in strollers, families, and even dogs are always sharing this trail. It starts in Seattle, and goes all the way to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Love going here to put in a few miles running. Generally flat with nice relaxing scenery. Depending on time of day you can have the entire paved trail to yourself or have cyclists whizzing by on their bikes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Platteville, WI
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great rails-trail path. Flat and wide in most parts. Gets crowded on sunny days and weekends and commuter times. Great for all ages and especially if you want to ride with kids. Parks are spaced out along the way and it goes past restaurants and lake views. Awesome trail. There are also multiple bike shops along the path that offer... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Burke-Gilman Trail also viewed


Been to Burke-Gilman Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Burke-Gilman Trail, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing