Riding the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails
The Burke-Gilman Trail begins in Seattle running northwest
for 18 miles along the shore of Lake Washington.
At Bothell Landing it joins the Sammamish River Trail for
15.2 more miles to Marymoor Park.
It is a heavily used trail.
When we started out early in the morning from
Bothell Landing toward Seattle, we were warned
by a friendly biker to "watch out for commuters
they really fly on this trail." We had
wondered the afternoon before why
so many people had panniers on
their bikes, something we had never seen before on
an urban trail. Then we realized that they
were carrying their work clothes. How neat!
And if its raining in the afternoon, they can
take a bus home. All the buses there have
bike racks on the front!
We were fascinated by the chickens at Bothel Landing.
Yes, chickens! Game chickens running wildall different
kinds and colors. Some with strange tuffs on their heads,
some with leg feathers that looked like pantaloons.
They are protected; signs warn against chasing or
harassing the fouls or ducks. It's really funny to have
game chickens run in front of you on an urban trail!
For more information, including access points and a map,
King County, Washington web site.