Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle, Washington 98109

Burke-Gilman Trail

Burke-Gilman Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Burke-Gilman Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Seattle’s popular Burke-Gilman Trail invites you on a tour of funky Fremont, Lake Union and the ship canal, the University District, Lake Washington, and north-end neighborhoods. You’ll pass above the old Sand Point naval base and along the busy, commercial Lake City Way, as well as by a cornucopia of tempting eateries."

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6/1/2011
I ride this trail often. Mostly for training. Sometimes crowded.
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8/19/2008
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.
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7/18/2008
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Trail Information

Seattle
Nearby City
24.2
Distance
386 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Riding Time