Bridle Trails State Park

Kirkland, Washington

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In the middle of the busy “east side” is a 482-acre, second-growth forest park crisscrossed with more than 28 miles of trail. Such a wonderful find so close to Interstate 405! The trails are well maintained, though often muddy in the winter. The terrain is gently sloped and the trails are wide. Except on the park’s outside edges, you’d never know you weren’t deep in the forest. The land, a school trust property, was logged in 1880 to provide money for schools. Newcastle Trail went through this property connecting Redmond with the coal mines at Newcastle to the south. Logging and mining activity had stopped by the early 1930s, and an equestrian group transformed the skid roads into a network of riding trails. The Lake Washington Saddle Club has maintained the park since 1945, even though it is now a state park with a resident ranger. The Cascade Running Club hosts a 50K race here each January.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

In the middle of the busy “east side” is a 482-acre, second-growth forest park crisscrossed with more than 28 miles of trail. Such a wonderful find so close to Interstate 405! The trails are well maintained, though often muddy in the winter. The terrain is gently sloped and the trails are wide. Except on the park’s outside edges, you’d never know you weren’t deep in the forest. The land, a school trust property, was logged in 1880 to provide money for schools.

Newcastle Trail went through this property connecting Redmond with the coal mines at Newcastle to the south. Logging and mining activity had stopped by the early 1930s, and an equestrian group transformed the skid roads into a network of riding trails. The Lake Washington Saddle Club has maintained the park since 1945, even though it is now a state park with a resident ranger. The Cascade Running Club hosts a 50K race here each January.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Kirkland
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 260 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Parks
Topo Map: Bridle Trails State Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: 50 Trail Runs in Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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1/15/2006

Had a good time on this one. The deep mud and puddles make you work a little. There are now neon pink streamers to mark the perimeter trail, and many other trails that lead to interior of the park. Watch out for the road apples.

1/15/2005

Good for trail running, but watch for horses. Stop and talk to the riders as they pass. Endless loops are possible. The perimeter is a good one. No signage whatsoever so memorize the maps at the trailhead if possible.

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