BELLEVUE -- Walkers can explore scenic Bellevue during the annual Lake to Lake Greenway Trail 15K Walk Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The guided walk from Lake Sammamish to Lake Washington usually takes about four hours to complete, and traverses more than nine miles of open space parks, forests, wetlands, botanical gardens, historic buildings, farms and neighborhoods. Sights include Weowna Park, the Phantom Lake Loop, the Lake Hills Greenbelt, Kelsey Creek Farm, and the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
This walk is strenuous and not suitable for small children or strollers. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle. This is an American Volkssport Association-sanctioned walk hosted by the Northwest Striders.
A six-kilometer walking route is also available in the Mercer Slough Nature Park.
Participants should park at the South Bellevue Park and Ride on Bellevue Way and register the morning of the event between 8 and 10 a.m. at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, 2380 Bellevue Way SE. A shuttle will run every half hour to the start of the trail at Weowna Park. Preregistration is not necessary.
Lake to Lake walkers will receive a trail map and written walking directions, and volunteers and staff will be available along the way at designated checkpoints. The walk will end back at the blueberry farm.
The event is hosted by Bellevue Parks & Community Services and the American Volkssport Association Northwest Striders, and is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Bellevue. There is no fee for participating, though Volkssport members seeking walking mileage pay $3.
The Lake-to-Lake Walk is part of Bellevue's Wellness Walk series showcasing Bellevue's beautiful park system. The next event in the series is the Lewis Creek 5K Walk on Sunday, Oct. 10.
For more information and course maps, call Debbie Pettersson, Bellevue Parks Northwest Arts Center Program Coordinator: email@example.com or 425-452-7106 or see the online community calendar.
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