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East Lake Sammamish Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.6664, -122.1030 Map & Directions
10.5 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
393 feet
Highest Point
136 feet
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This regional trail runs along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, connecting Redmond and Issaquah. Continue reading

  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

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Hiking East Lake Sammamish Trail

This trail winds its way along the shore of Lake Sammamish, offering views of the water along the way. The route is paved for most of the way and is virtually flat due to the corridor’s history as a railway. Popular with cyclists, runners, dog-walkers and hikers, this trail offers one continuous route from Redmond to Issaquah.

Through a variety of partnerships and many years of community support, the trail has been constructed in pieces—the first segment opened to the public in 2006 and the final 3.6-mile section is scheduled to be paved in 2020.

This is one of the many trails in the King County Parks regional trail network which means there are many options to extend your journey. At its north end the trail links up with the Marymoor Connector Trail, which bisects Marymoor Park, and continues on to the Sammamish River Trail. At its southern terminus, the East Lake Sammamish Trail ends in the city of Issaquah but connects to the Rainier Trail and the Issaquah to Preston Trail.

Hike Description Written by
Charlie Wakenshaw, WTA Staff

East Lake Sammamish Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.6664, -122.1030 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

To get to the NE 70th St. trailhead in Redmond:

From I-405, take exit 14 for Highway 520 E. After 6 miles on 520, take the exit on the right for WA 202/Redmond Way. At the end of this off-ramp, turn right onto WA 202/Redmond Way for 0.4 mile. Then turn a slight right onto East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Take the first right onto NE 65th St. for 0.3 mile before turning right onto 176th Ave NE for another 0.3 mile. Turn right onto NE 70th St, then immediately right into a parking area that parallels the trail itself. There is a porta potty available here and ample parking. 

Take Transit: 

Route 216, 268, and 269 stop at the intersection of 180th Ave NE and NE 68th St. which is a 0.4 mile walk to the northern trailhead. 

Route 200, 208, 214, and 271 stop at the intersection of NW Gilman Blvd and NW Juniper St. which is a couple hundred feet from the southern trailhead.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

King County Parks

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