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Tuesday Trails 50+ Fall 2020

This fall Tuesday Trails will look a little different.  We are not able to offer in-person hikes at this time, but check back every Tuesday from Sept 15 to Oct 27 for information on a new local hike!  

This easy hiking series is designed for active seniors looking to explore the beautiful trails around Bellevue.  Locations are subject to change based on conditions and weather.  Hikes will be about two miles and specifically chosen for the over-50 crowd. 

Larson Lake to Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station 

  • 2.4 Miles 
  • Easy - trail is flat with crushed gravel and mulch. 
  • Parking - 700 148th Ave SE at the Blueberry Farm.  
Map of Lake Hills Greenbelt

This week Washington is experiencing poor air quality due to fires on the west coast.  Before you head outside for any type of activity, it is a good idea to check the air quality.  

The hike this week starts at Larsen Lake and takes you through urban farms and gardens right here in the city.  

Larsen Lake Trail

Head out clockwise around the lake through the blueberry fields.  You'll catch a few views of the lake as the trail winds through the park.  Notice the blue trail signs throughout the park with directional arrows and trail distances.  

Larsen Lake Trail sign

Once you reach the south east corner of the park, follow the sign towards the Lake Hills Ranger Station.  The trail will cross Lake Hills Blvd at the crosswalk.  

Lake Hills Greenbelt Produce Stand

Continue to follow the trail through the trees and end up at the Lake Hills Produce Stand. Once there, feel free to check out the fresh produce and flowers available for purchase at the farm stand, or head up to the Master Gardeners of King County Demonstration Garden and wander around the seasonal blooms.

Lake Hills Greenbelt Demonstration Garden entrance

There are plenty of benches to take a snack and water break before heading back the way you came. 

TRACKS Standards

    TRACKS was started in the spring of 2007 amid growing concern and research identifying a "nature deficit" in society. Since its inception, TRACKS has effectively infused many Bellevue programs and activities with its six key standards:

    • Teaching: teaches skills people can recreate on their own (Urban Cycling Techniques).
    • Recreation: provides a healthy option to enhance fitness (Family and Friends Snowshoe Adventure).
    • Adventure: offers opportunities for active, experiential learning (Teens Outside High Adventure Camps).
    • Competency: helps build skill mastery (Skaters in the Woods).
    • Knowledge: promotes understanding of the natural environment (Eastside Explorers Speaker Series).
    • Stewardship encourages and creates opportunities for stewardship and volunteer service (Stewardship Saturdays, Teens Outside). 

    Volunteer

    To volunteer with the TRACKS program, or if you are a teen looking for service hours, please email TRACKS@bellevuewa.gov.

    Look for TRACKS in the Connections recreation brochure to find classes, activities and events that are part of the TRACKS initiative.

    View Ken Burns' "National Parks: America’s Greatest Idea" clip about youth and the outdoors.

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