Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle, Washington

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Like a number of the region’s ?at, broad, off-road paved trails, the “B-G” was originally created as a way to move large numbers of goods. Thomas Burke, Daniel Gilman, and 10 other investors created the Seattle, Lake Shore, and Eastern Railroad in 1885 in a bid to put the city on the map by connecting their railroad to the Canadian Transcontinental Line for shipping Northwest goods to larger markets. Although the line never got past Arlington, it created a valuable link to logging communities east of Seattle in its youth. The railroad operated until 1963 and was abandoned for rail use in 1971, at which time a citizens’ effort led to acquisition of the line as a recreational trail. The conversion of this trail, which opened in 1978, marked a renaissance of bicycling in Seattle that had not been seen since the turn of the 20th century.
Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

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Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

by Bill Thorness (The Mountaineers Books)

Like a number of the region’s ?at, broad, off-road paved trails, the “B-G” was originally created as a way to move large numbers of goods. Thomas Burke, Daniel Gilman, and 10 other investors created the Seattle, Lake Shore, and Eastern Railroad in 1885 in a bid to put the city on the map by connecting their railroad to the Canadian Transcontinental Line for shipping Northwest goods to larger markets.

Although the line never got past Arlington, it created a valuable link to logging communities east of Seattle in its youth. The railroad operated until 1963 and was abandoned for rail use in 1971, at which time a citizens’ effort led to acquisition of the line as a recreational trail. The conversion of this trail, which opened in 1978, marked a renaissance of bicycling in Seattle that had not been seen since the turn of the 20th century.

© 2014 Bill Thorness/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking, Walking
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 24.2
Elevation Gain: 386 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Riding Time: 2.5 hours
Driving Directions: Directions to Burke-Gilman Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2011
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I ride this trail often. Mostly for training. Sometimes crowded.


8/19/2008
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Nice Urban hike opportunity with view of Lake Washington and comming to the mighting U of W. Great start to a summer vacation in the Cascades and prep for more climbing to come later in the week.


7/18/2008
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