The most famous of the Rail-Trails and Seattle’s much loved bike route is the Burke-Gilman Trail. Along the trail there are dinosaurs, a rocket, 3 billy goats and a humongous troll. Keep your eyes open for these and more! The route spans from Ballard in the west to Bothell in the east where the trail meets up with the Sammammish Trail and continues to Redmond.
The route is part of the Rails to Trails movement across the continent and the Burke-Gilman is one of the best in Washington State.
The pathway follows the canal between the Chittenden Locks and Lake Union
Wayfinding is excellent – you hardly need a map
Fish bike rack at Ray’s in Ballard
Burke-Gilman is a safe separated and paved trail
Along the route lies the town of Fremont, self-proclaimed to be the Center of the Universe.
There’s lots to see and do here and the town provides a walking tour map that is great to follow and read about the interesting parts of the community.
The Fremont Troll Under the north end of the Fremont bridge –not to be missed in Fremont! Note – that is a full-sized VW bug he is holding in his left hand.
Near the troll at the bottom of the hill are the three billy goats Gruff
This statue of Lenin has quite the history. Find out more on the walking tour of Fremont.
What’s this? There’s a rocket and so much more. You could spend hours in Fremont.
Bothell Landing – just over the bridge
Lots to see along the route…here’s a gate to where?
University Campus – a short detour off the trail and worth the visit
Gas Works Park – climb the hill and see the view
Seattle City View from Gas Works Park