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520 Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.6451, -122.3019 Map & Directions
4.9 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
164 feet
Highest Point
164 feet
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Cozy Cove along the 520 Trail. Photo by Erik Morgenstern. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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A paved urban trail running from Montlake, across the new 520 bridge and through several eastside communities with excellent views of Union Bay, Foster Island wetlands and Lake Washington. Continue reading

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Hiking 520 Trail

Starting at the western end, the trail jumps right up to the elevated road level at East Montlake Park and continues east past Marsh and Foster Islands. There is access to the Arboretum Waterfront and Lake Washington Ship Canal trails from this western starting point as well.  Follow the trail dropping down from the western high rise of the 520 bridge and across Lake Washington. Don't miss several very nice trail pullouts along the length of the bridge with interpretive signage on the area's history and wildlife. After reaching the eastern shore, the trail crosses through 520 Bridge View Park, a second easy access point and a good turn around place if you are only interested in the bridge walk. 

Leaving 520 Bridge View Park, the trail passes the Fairweather Nature Preserve on the north side, though there currently is no access.  Views of Fairweather Bay and Cozy Cove as you continue through the communities of Hunts Point and Yarrow Bay.  Approximately 0.8 of a mile past the eastern end of the 520 bridge is the Wetherill Nature Preserve.  This preserve offers interesting open forest and water access to Cozy CoveThe 520 trail continues another mile downhill until ending at Northup Way just a few blocks shy of the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail

WTA Pro Tip: There is a local Bald Eagle pair that nests next to the western end of the bridge - watch for them hunting or hanging out in the trees in East Montlake Park along with the cormorant, heron, gulls, ducks, and other animals that make the Union Bay wetlands home. 

Toilet Information

  • No toilet at trailhead

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Hike Description Written by
Erik Morgenstern, WTA Correspondent

520 Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.6451, -122.3019 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Driving Directions

The 520 Trail is accessible from several places.

East Montlake Park (E Hamlin St and 24th Ave E): There are several 4 hour parking spots, with no additional facilities currently. Take Highway 520 to the Montlake exit, turn right on E Hamlin St. from Montlake Blvd and follow for approximately a block and a half to the park.

520 Bridge View Park: From westbound 520, exit at 92nd Ave NE (the last exit before the bridge) and head south to NE 24th, from eastbound 520, exit at 84th and head south to NE 24th. Once at NE 24th, turn back west until the road hits a "T" with Evergreen Point Rd. Head north on Evergreen Point Road head north not quite a half mile where you will see 520 Bridge View Park and parking across the street in the Park & Ride.

Note, there are no restrooms at any location along the trail.

Take Transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro route number 255 or Sound Transit route number 542 or 545.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

Washington Department of Transportation

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