Bridle Trails State Park

Kirkland, Washington 98083

Bridle Trails State Park

Bridle Trails State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Bridle Trails State Park Reviews

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Kirkland
Nearby City
4.8
Distance
260 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
Washington State Parks
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