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    Tracks Hikes and Walks

    Get outside and explore nature your way! 

    TRACKS Hikes and Walks are designed to help you find new spots to enjoy the beautiful natural areas in and around Bellevue, so find a hike or walk that works for you!  We've got two different ways to enjoy nature - Tuesday Trails and Wednesday Walks.    

    • Tuesday Trails are hikes that range from 1.5 to 3 miles, are easy to moderate and will take you on different surfaces like gravel, packed dirt and mulch.  Explore some King County trails, Regional Parks and State Parks that are in and around the Bellevue area.  Please note that trails in this series are not maintained by the Bellevue Parks Department.  Please be careful out there as wet weather can make trails, bridges and boardwalks slippery.  Watch Tuesday Trails video

    • Wednesday Walks are right here in the Bellevue Parks system.  Explore easy, one mile or less, paved walks that are accessible to all. This series of walks is perfect for strollers, scooters, bikes and wheels of all kinds and are perfect if you're looking to explore a new walking path with the whole family.  Watch Wednesday Walks video

    TRACKS Family Bike Rides

    New this fall! TRACKS is offering family bike rides highlighting Bellevue trails, low traffic roads and family friendly bike routes. All rides will start and end at Lake Hills Community Park and are open to families with kids aged 8 and up, who have previous biking experience. Parents are required to accompany children under 18. Participants provide their own bike, helmet and water bottle. 

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    Bridle Trails State Park 
    5300 116th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98033

    Difficulty: Moderate- packed gravel trail

    Distance: 1 to 3.5 miles 

    This week we are heading just north of Bellevue to Bridle Trails State Park.  Note this park does require a Discover Pass to park in the parking lot.  Once you enter the parking lot, you’ll notice parallel parking for cars and horse trailer parking in the middle of the lot.  The trailhead is in the north end of the lot.  Make sure to take a look at all the signs and note that hikers yield the trail to horses. 

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    Stop by the trail kiosk and take a look at the trail options. 

    • The Raven Trail is one mile and is marked with a raven icon.
    • The Trillium Trail is 1.6 miles and is marked by a flower icon.
    • The Coyote Trail is marked with a paw print icon and is the longest loop at 3.5 miles.
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    You really can’t go wrong in picking a trail here, since the trails are wide and well maintained as they weave through this park.  The Raven Trail is a lovely short walk in the northwest section of the park.  This trail will take you in a nice loop and end near the riding and horse rings. 

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    Tradition Lake

    • Parking:  Highpoint Trailhead, 26415 SE 79th Street, Issaquah 
    • Distance:  1.5 miles 
    • Difficulty:  Easy

    We are headed a little bit outside of Bellevue to explore the area around Tiger Mountain.  The Highpoint Trailhead is a great starting point for many trails around Tiger Mountain.  For a nice 1.5 mile hike, follow the Tradition Lake - Around the Lake Loop. 

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    After you pass the trail sign and map, continue down the trail and make sure to check out the scenery.  Keep an eye out for signs explaining the wildlife in the area.  Continue over a small stream. 

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    After about a quarter of a mile you’ll come to the first overview of the lake, so take a minute to check out the birds and ducks that call the lake home.   When you’re ready to continue on, you’ll come to an intersection in the trail.  Follow the Around the Lake sign.

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    The trail veers away from the lake slightly and into the trees.  Watch your step as the trail becomes a little more uneven with rocks and roots.  After another quarter mile you will come to a fence.  Head through the fence and take a right on the gravel path.

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    The path leads back along the far side of the lake and back to the parking area.

    Redmond Watershed Preserve 
    21760 Novelty Road
    Redmond, WA 98053

    • Distance:  2 miles 
    • Trail condition:  Gravel and packed dirt 
    • Difficulty:  Moderate

    This week we are heading to neighboring Redmond to hike through the Redmond Watershed Preserve.  While many hikes are dog friendly, please note that no pets are allowed on the trails here.  The hike begins at the kiosk in the parking lot.  Here you can pick up a trail map and use the restrooms.

    Map of Redmond Watershed Preserve

    PDF of Redmond Watershed Preserve Map 

    Start off down the trail and head toward the Connector Trail.  After a short walk through the trees you will come to a four-way trail intersection.  Take a right down the Power Line Trail.  Walk under the Power Line for a few hundred feet until you see a fence, and bear left as the trail heads back into the trees.

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    As you wander through these Douglas fir and western hemlock trees, take a minute and notice how many birds live in this forest.  This trail will cross a short bridge and then intersect with the Pipeline Trail.  Continue on the Pipeline Trail to the right.  This trail runs the full length of the preserve, so if you are looking to extend your walk, feel free to continue along it.

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    The next trail intersection you will come to is the start of the Siler Mill Trail.  If you chose to take this additional loop, your hike will be about 3.5 miles.  It is a lovely and quiet walk through the woods.  If you are looking to keep your hike to around 2 miles, continue on to the next intersection.

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    At the next intersection, take a left on the Connector Trail and head toward the Trillium Trail.  As you again wind through the trees, you can start to notice the first signs of spring in the foliage.

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    Next you’ll arrive at your last intersection.  There is a lovely bench and place for a water break. Once you are done, continue on to the left, back toward the South Parking Lot.  This trail will take you all the way back to the first four-way intersection you passed at the beginning of your hike.  Continue on straight back to the parking area. 

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    Coal Creek Natural Area

    • Parking:  Trailhead parking is on Coal Creek Parkway between Forest Drive and SE 60th Street 
    • Trail surface:  Mud, gravel, stairs, bridges 
    • Distance:  1.5-3 Miles 
    • Difficulty:  Moderate 

    This week we are checking out Coal Creek Natural Area.  This forested area will make you feel like you are out in the wilderness without leaving Bellevue.  The trail follows along the creek that provides valuable fish and wildlife habitats.  This trail connects all the way to the Red Town Trailhead at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Area. This trail can be great for both short and long hikes. Start at the trailhead off Coal Creek Parkway and make your way back into the trees.  The first part of the trail follows the creek closely, so make sure to take your time checking out the wildlife around the water.

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    Follow the trail as it ascends a set of stairs.  Cross a bridge after about a half a mile. The trail veers to the left, and there is a short uphill section.  When you see a trail sign, head for the Primrose Loop.

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    If you are feeling tired by the cut-off for the Primrose Loop, feel free to head back the way you came, and the hike will be 1.5 miles.  Continue on the Primrose Loop, and the hike will be 3 miles.  The Primrose Loop offers sweeping views of the creek from up on the ridge as well as access down to the water.

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    When the Primrose Loop trail comes back to the main trail, follow the signs back to Coal Creek Parkway.  At this point the trail diverges from the creek and heads up into the trees.  Enjoy the change of scenery, and you will once again be back at the sign for the turn for the loop.  Retrace your steps back across the bridge and along the creek on your way back to the parking lot. 

    Mercer Slough Nature Park 
    1625 118th Ave SE

    • Distance:  2 miles 
    • Trail Surface:  Moderate- mulch, mud

    This week our hike is back in the heart of Bellevue.  If you haven’t checked out Mercer Slough Nature Park yet, this is the perfect opportunity!  This park is conveniently located near downtown Bellevue, but the dense forest and wetlands will make you feel much further away.  Park at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.  From there, head past the trail map and down the trail on the back side of the building.

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    This trail will lead you along the edge of the park on the Bellefields Loop.  This part of the trail has a few short but steep hills.  After this bit of elevation, the rest of the hike is flat.  The winter weather has left areas of deep mud, so make sure to wear shoes or boots you can get dirty.

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    The trail comes to a set of stairs; at the bottom, veer right.

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    The trail then heads into the wetlands. The trail surface is a mix of mulch and boardwalks, much less mud to worry about. After about a quarter mile you will see the first glimpse of the slough channel.  Take a minute to watch the water, birds, beavers, frogs and turtles, all at home in the slough.

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    Once you have spotted some wildlife, continue on your way.  You’ll come to a directional sign and should head on the boardwalk toward the Slough Channel Bridge.  The bridge will allow you to see down the middle of the channel and get a better view of wildlife.

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    You can feel free to continue across the bridge and straight down the boardwalk toward Bellevue Way.  The trail to the right of the bridge takes you past the blueberry fields toward Winters House, but it’s very muddy this time of year.  Come back later in the year to better explore it.  When you’ve gone as far as you like, turn back across the bridge.  You will come to a trail sign pointing back toward 118th Avenue SE.  Head to the right to complete the Bellefields Loop.

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    Harvey Manning Trail to Tibbetts Marsh Trail

    Parking lot:  Harvey Manning trailhead parking lot is located at the end of SE Cougar Mountain Drive. 
    Trail condition:  Moderate - mud and uneven trail, narrow bridges.

    Cougar Mountain Map PDF

    Map showing general trail location

    Download PDF of map 

    This week we are starting our hike near the top of Cougar Mountain at the Harvey Manning trailhead.  To get to this trailhead, follow SE Cougar Mountain Drive all the way up until it ends in the parking lot.  There are many trails accessible from this trailhead, and this week we are going to explore the area around Tibbetts Marsh.  From the parking area, head down past the kiosk to the first trail sign, and follow it right toward Tibbetts Marsh Trail. 

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    As you wind through the trees, you’ll slightly descend.  After about a quarter of a mile you’ll reach the intersection of the Tibbetts Marsh Trail and the Harvey Manning Trail.  Follow the Tibbetts Marsh Trail, and you’ll finish your loop coming back on the Harvey Manning Trail.

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    Due to the wet winter weather, watch your step as the trail is quite muddy in places.  Next you will see the intersection with the Protector Trail; again, stay to the right and continue on toward Cougar Pass.  You’ll cross over Tibbetts Creek on a narrow bridge, so watch your step. Your loop will continue on Cougar Pass Trail for a short while before linking up with Harvey Manning Trail.  As you head back up to complete your loop, notice how the moss keeps the forest looking lush even in the dead of winter.

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    Evans Creek Preserve
    4001 224th Ave NE 
    Sammamish, WA

    Difficulty:  Easy 
    Trail surface:  Packed dirt, boardwalks and crushed gravel

    This week we head out to Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish.   It’s just a short drive from Bellevue, and the tranquil trails are worth it.  Note that some of the trails in this area are closed, so please mind the signs and areas marked as closed.  This area is well marked with numerical trail markers which make navigation easy.  Check out the map below.

    Map - Evans Creek Trails and closed trails

    Download PDF of map 

    From the parking area, check out the kiosk.  Note the warning about slippery boardwalks, and make sure to watch your step.  The trail starts with a switch-back that leads to an open road with a bridge at the end.

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    Just after the bridge, you will see the first trail marker. 

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    Continue on past the bathrooms, and take a left at Trail Marker 15.  Head over the boardwalk and admire the meadow view.

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    Next you’ll come to an intersection with Trail Marker 12.  Note that the trail is closed to the south, so take a right and head toward Trail Marker 14.

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    Continue on to Trail Marker 3 and the planked viewpoint.  This hike offers lovely meadow views throughout.  After you’ve taken in the scenery, keep going toward Trail Marker 4 and then 5. 

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    Continue straight toward Trail Marker 8, and you will once again notice signs for the closed section of trail.  Head back toward Trail Marker 4, then 3, and make your way back to 2.  At this point you will recognize the open picnic area and can stop for a rest or continue on back to the parking area.

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    Marymoor Park Loop 
    6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
    Redmond, WA 98052

    • Distance:  1.5 miles 
    • Difficulty:  Easy  
    • Trail surface:  Paved, packed dirt, boardwalks, mud
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    Download Marymoor Park Map (two pages) 

    This week we head just outside Bellevue to Marymoor Park.  Marymoor Park is maintained by King County Parks and has miles of paved sidewalks, play fields, playgrounds, rock climbing and even a velodrome for bike racing.  This week's hike is for dog lovers and dog owners, as part of the trail runs along the off-leash dog area at Marymoor.  If dogs are not really your thing, there are plenty of paved loops that run through the park and around the ball fields.  Note that Marymoor does charge a $1.00 parking fee, and kiosks are available in each parking area.  Also, King County is asking those to using the park to Recreate Responsibly by wearing masks, social distancing and taking trash with you.

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    For this week's hike, park in the first parking lot for Willowmoor Farm.  

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    Start your hike by heading toward the Clise Mansion.  Take a lap around the grounds of the mansion, and you'll see the lovely green lawn and old brick mansion.  As you head toward the river, you'll see a wooden windmill.  

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    Continue away from the mansion toward the concert venue, and you'll come to a large parking lot.  Directly in front of the parking lot is the off-leash dog area. To avoid most of the dogs, stay to the right and the trail along the river.  You'll spot a sign for the Audubon Bird Loop.  

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    Continue along the banks of the river, and notice how high the water can get in the winter months.  This area is open to off-leash dogs.  

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    As you reach the end of the off-leash dog area, there is a boardwalk that will lead you through the wetlands on the River Trail.  Continue around the Heron Trail Loop.  Keep an eye out for the many species of birds that frequent this area.  At the end of this loop, you can head back the way you came, or follow the edge of the sports fields back to the community garden and through the parking lot once again.  

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    Wildside to Red Town Trail

    Distance: 1.5 miles
    Parking: Red Town Trail Head (Lakemont Boulevard SE- just south of Forest Drive SE)

    The Cougar Mountain Trail system offers miles and miles of interconnected trails. Make sure to grab a map at the trail head or download one ahead of time from the King County Parks website.

    Cougar Mountain Trail Map

    View Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland PDF

    This hike will explore the Wildside to Red Town Trail loop. This look takes you through the Meadow Restoration Project and though some lovely forest. 

    Wildside to Red Town Trail - route map

    Start this route on the trail that leads past the picnic tables toward the Wildside Trail.  After a few hundred feet you will see a bridge to the right - turn right and cross the bridge.

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    Next you will come to an intersection with the Rainbow Trail and the Ford Slope Mining exhibit  Stop and take a look at the area’s mining history and then head off toward the Wildside Trail. 

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    Follow this trail along the creek and through some twists and turns.  You'll see turn-offs for Marshall's Hill Trail as well as another Wildside Connector.  Stay straight and you'll come into the Meadow Restoration Project. 

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    After making it through the meadow, stay on the wide gravel trail and follow signs for the Red Town Trail and Red Town Trailhead.  Note this is a great trail for dogs, but please make sure to follow all leash and scoop laws. 

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    Sky Country to Coal Creek Falls

    Parking:  Parking for the Sky Country Trailhead is at the end of 166th Way SE, about a half mile from the intersection with SE Cougar Mountain Way. 
    Distance:  3 miles. 
    Difficulty:  Moderate. 
    Trail surface:  Crushed gravel, packed dirt, mud.

    This week's hike takes you back to Cougar Mountain but starts at the Sky Country Trailhead.  This trailhead offers a paved parking lot with more spots than the Red Town Trailhead, so it is a good alternative if the parking at Red Town is full. 

    Cougar Mountain Trail Map

    This week's hike will take you to Coal Creek Falls.  Winter is a wonderful time to view the falls because the water level is higher during the winter due to the rain runoff.  Try this hike again in the summer, and the falls may only be a trickle. 

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    Start your hike at the Sky Country Trail kiosk. Head down the trail and follow trail signs; you'll see remnants of the airfield that used to be here.  

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    Follow the 'Old Man Trail' until you see a split fence.  Take a right at the split fence and continue on the Cave Hole Trail.  The Cave Hole Trail is a wider open trail that heads downhill for a little over half a mile. 

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     As you reach the bottom of the trail, you will come to a fork with a sign leading you towards Coal Creek Falls.  The trail narrows and winds through the forest for about another half mile.  As you walk, you will begin to hear the creek below you.  The falls will come into view ahead.  Take a minute to admire them on the bridge over the creek.  

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    If you are looking for a bit of a shorter hike, you can turn around at the falls and head back the way you came.  If you'd like the full three miles, keep going across the bridge and back up away from the creek.  As you wind your way up the hillside, the incline will become a little steeper.  At the intersection with the Quarry Trail, take a left toward Fred's Railroad Trail.  

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    This part of the trail is a bit of a climb until you reach the next intersection with Fred's Railroad Trail.  Take a left again and head towards Clay Pot Road.

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    Once you are on Fred's Railroad Trail, the incline is behind you.  Enjoy this walk through the forest as you head back toward the trailhead. After a half mile you will see a Bypass Trail that will take you back to the Cave Hole Trail.  Take a left on the Bypass.  Once you hit the Cave Hole Trail, take a right.  This will take you back towards the split fence and the Old Man Trail you started on and back to the parking lot. 

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    Coyote Creek - Klondike Swamp Trail Loop 

    Distance:  2 miles 
    Parking:  Skycountry Trail Head located at the end of 166th Way SE
    Difficulty:  Easy, paved and packed dirt/mud

    Cougar Mountain Trail PDF

    Map showing location of trail

    Coyote Creek Trail to Klondike Swamp Map

    This week's hike starts again at Skycountry Trail Head, but heads out in a different direction to explore more of the trails in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park.  For this week's hike you will start on Clay Pit Road.  Access from the parking lot to Clay Pit Road is around over a bridge/boardwalk on the west side of the parking lot, near the exit.  

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    After you cross the small bridge, take a right and head up the paved road.  This road is closed to traffic, but watch out of the occasional trail work crew truck.  Continue to follow this road for a little over a quarter mile.  Look for a trail sign off on the left-hand side for Coyote Creek Trail.

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    Once you are on Coyote Creek Trail, continue through the trees. This trail can get muddy after heavy rains, so watch your footing as you go.  The trail stays fairly flat, and there are no major uphill paths as you wonder through the wetlands.  

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    After about three quarters of a mile, you will come to a fork in the trail.  Turn right toward the Klondike Swamp Trail.  There is a slight downhill here as you transition to the other side to the wetlands.  

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    The Klondike Swamp trail takes you back along the other side of the wetlands,  Keep your eyes out for a moss-covered tree canopy.  Note there are a few other trails that intersect with the Klondike Swamp trail as you go, but keep straight.  

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    After just over a half mile you will once again connect with Clay Pit Road.  Take a right on the road and follow back toward the parking lot, you will once again pass the turn off for Coyote Creek Trail as you retrace your steps to finish this hike.  

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    Bridle Trails Corner Park 
    2402 134th Avenue NE

    This week’s walk takes you to Bellevue’s northwest corner.  This park is quite beautiful this time of year because it is ringed with blossoming trees!  Park off of 134th Avenue NE in a small lot.  Start your walk toward the play structure and notice the lovely light pink and white hues of the blooming cherry trees. 

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    Continue on the pathway under over-arching trees and past the picnic area. 

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    The open grassy area is a lovely place to relax and then continue on toward the wetlands and native plant garden. 

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    This is a small hidden gem of a park that is especially lovely in the early spring.  Spend as much time as you’d like enjoying the spring colors and sunny weather.

     

    Georgia Zumdieck Park 
    1500 108th Avenue NE

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    This week we are heading just north of downtown to Zumdieck Park.  This four-acre forest oasis is a hidden gem!  It’s a great spot for picnics, walks, playground fun and even has tennis courts.  Start your walk after parking in the dedicated parking spots along 108th Avenue NE.  The open walkway will lead past the grassy picnic area and then up to the playground. 

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    You can make a full loop heading out either direction on the trails and stroll through the forest; you’ll feel much further away from the busy downtown.  The trail intersects with 110th Avenue NE.  Continue along the park boundary.  The trail picks up again at the other side of the park and continues back toward the tennis courts.   This is a great park to bring a cup of coffee or pack a lunch and enjoy!

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    Wilburton Hill Park 
    12400 Main Street

    This week’s Wednesday Walk is at Wilburton Hill Park.  This park as a little bit of everything - sports fields, playground, trails, and it connects directly to Bellevue Botanical Gardens.  To take full advantage to all this park has to offer, start your walk with a few laps on the track around the sports field.

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    Once you’re done, head up to the path that runs along the parking lot and around the bathrooms.

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    Take a stroll past the playfields on the upper part of the park.  The nature trails that run though this park connect just beyond the outfields.  If you’d like to stay on the paved trails, head around the playfields and back toward the playground. 

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    Kelsey Creek Park 
    410 130 Place SE

    Kelsey Creek Park is a wonderful park for an afternoon adventure.  There is a little bit of something for everyone: walking paths, green spaces, playground, wetlands, and a working farm!  Start your walk across the bridge toward the picnic shelter.  Continue across the picnic area and across another short bridge.  Here you will see the green space and the playground to your right and to your left is the big white barn. 

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    If you continue past the barn, you may be able to see sheep and goats having a snack or enjoying the sun. 

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    Continue down the road past the barn, and the wetland boardwalk will be to your right.  As you weave your way through the wetlands, keep an eye out for wildlife.  The boardwalk will open up to more green space as you head back toward the playground.

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    Sunset Mini Park 
    2837 139th Avenue SE

    Sunset Park is just off the Lake Hills Connector.  This small park offers walking trails, basketball, tennis and a playground.  There is parking along the street and a few dedicated spots along 139th Avenue SE.  This park is small but is a great place for a short walk, with plenty to keep kids busy.

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    Start your tour of this park near the park sign on the corner of 139th Avenue SE and Lake Hills Connector.  This trail leads you past the basketball and tennis courts. 

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    As you reach the playground, you can feel free to stop and take a break at the picnic tables or playground. 

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    As you pass the playground, feel free to continue your walk up 139th Avenue SE or just head back to the car. 

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    11177 SE 4th Street 

    Surrey Downs Park is one of Bellevue’s most recently-redeveloped parks.  It has picnic shelters, playground, basketball court, paved and gravel trails and lots of open space! 

    Start your walk just opposite the bathrooms, and head north around the picnic shelter.  There is a large paved loop that will lead you around the exterior of the park and then back toward the playground. 

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    Once you pass the playground, explore the grassy knolls and loop around the south end of the park.

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    As you come around the east side of the park, make sure to check out the overview toward 112th  Avenue NE.  From here you can see the progress on the light rail work. 

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    When you are done exploring this lovely new park, head back toward the parking lot. 

    Ivanhoe Park- Ivanhoe Sports Fields Loop 
    16600 Northup Way 

    This week we are headed to North Bellevue to check out Ivanhoe Park.  This park has basketball courts, playgrounds, green space and trails.  

    Take your time wandering around the wooded trails.  There are a few great spots to stop for a picnic or enjoy a coffee.

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    After exploring these trails, venture to Northup Way.  Take a left and head down to the crosswalk.  On the opposite side of Northup Way is Ivanhoe Sports Fields.  Walk through the parking lot and around the theater building.  Here you will find more paved trails as well as a playground and plenty of open green space.  This area is perfect for walking the dog, throwing a frisbee or kicking the soccer ball around. 

     

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    After a loop around the fields, head back toward Northup Way.  Cross at the crosswalk and go back to Ivanhoe Park.

    Goldsmith Neighborhood Park 
    14475 NE 35th Street

    This week we are headed up to North Bellevue and Goldsmith Neighborhood Park. This park has a playground and basketball court and dedicated street parking.

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    This park has an inner loop that is completely paved and will take you around the perimeter of the park.

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    The large wooded area beyond the playground is a lovely example of a forest right within the city. There is an outer loop that will take you through the trees, but be aware the outer loop is a mulch surface. If you'd like to stay on the smooth pavement, stick to the inner loop and enjoy this peaceful neighborhood park.

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    Lewis Creek Park Ballfield Loop 
    5808 Lakemont Blvd 

    Lewis Creek Park has fully-paved walking trails in addition to the gravel and compact dirt trails.  This paved loop can be the perfect spot for kids and toddlers to try biking and scootering for the first time.  There is plenty of grass, a playground and basketball court. The paved loop starts opposite the visitor center and goes around the ball fields. 

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    After you pass the grassy fields, you'll head down past the playground and the back side of the visitor center. 

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     The path continues up a gentle hill towards the parking lot.  If you are looking to go a little bit longer, you can join the sidewalk along Lakemont Blvd. It connects Lewis Creek Park and Lewis Creek Picnic Area.  This covered picnic area is the perfect place for a lunch or water break out of the rain.  

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    Spiritridge Park  
    16100 SE 33rd Place
    Bellevue, WA 98008

    This week's Wednesday Walk is in Southeast Bellevue at Spiritridge Park.  This lovely and quiet park offers a big green lawn, playground, tennis and basketball courts.  There is dedicated parallel parking off of SE 33rd Place.  

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    The tree-lined path around this park follows 161st Avenue SE.  Once you reach the north end of the park, the path circles around toward the wooded area of the park. 

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    Follow the tree-lined trail back towards the playground.

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    Take a quick break to check out the playground equipment before continuing on to loop around the tennis and basketball courts.  

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    Robinswood Park 
    2432 148th Ave SE
    Bellevue, WA 98007

    Robinswood is a great park for a stroll!  There is plenty to keep everyone in the family entertained - ballfields, a playground, grass lawns, pond, trails and an off-leash dog area.  There is parking at two different lots, either right off 148th Avenue SE or opposite the Big Picture School off SE 22 Street.  Start your walk on the loop around the soccer fields. This loop is one-third of a mile so you can easily do a few laps.  

    Photo of trail

     

    Photo of trail

    When you reach the south end of the soccer fields, wander past the playground and check out the barn, Robinswood House and Hans Miller Cabin.  

    Photo of Robinswood Barn
    Photo of Robinswood House

    Make sure to check out the pond and picnic area.

    Photo of pond at Robinswood Parks

    Robinswood also has an off-leash dog area, so this is a great walk to bring your furry friends!  

    Photo of dog on leash on trail

    This easy hiking series is designed for active seniors looking to explore the beautiful trails around Bellevue.  Hikes will be about two miles and specifically chosen for the over-50 crowd.  

    View this PDF for Tuesday Trails hikes from Fall 2020

    Bellevue has over 90 miles of trails throughout our parks system.  Many trails are paved and accessible to all!  This series of walks is perfect for strollers, scooters, bikes and wheels of all kinds. Each 1 to 1.5 mile walk explores different parks on paved, accessible trails - perfect if you're looking to explore a new walking trail with the whole family.  

    View this PDF for Wednesday Walks from Fall 2020.

    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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