I didn’t get out of town for Labor Day weekend and with the weather improving, I decided to go for a good ride. This time I headed north on the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River rail trails, entering the trail near Matthews Beach Park in the northeast corner of Seattle and passing though the bedroom communities of Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, a side trip into Kirkland and turning around in the town of Woodinville.
I started from home, threading through the side streets for a little over a mile and down 284 feet to reach the trail.
The little town of Lake Forest Park is about 5 miles north, adjacent to Kenmore and the trail passes through Tracy Owen Station at Log Boom Park
The trail reaches the town of Bothell in about three miles and I turned off at Wayne Golf Course and onto Waynita Way NE, combining the Wayne (the gold course) and Juanita (an area now part of the city of Kirkland). My destination was a new Goodwill store and after 11 miles and a 245 foot climb I purchased a nice used Klean Kanteen water bottle for $1.50.
I retraced my path to the trail and continued to the Bothell city center. At this point the trail becomes the Sammamish River Trail, passing over a bridge and winding along the river.
The Sammamish River is the outlet for Lake Sammamish near Redmond, Washington and flows into Lake Washington at the town of Kenmore.
I took a quick tour of downtown Bothell and stopped off for a burger and a shake at the Ranch Drive In.
I got back on the trail after my meal and spotted a Great Blue heron wading on the river’s edge.
A couple miles further down the trail brought me to Wilmont Gateway Park in the town of Woodinville. I made a quick detour to another thrift store, scoring a nice Patagonia fleece and a lightweight duffel bag in the Labor Day sale. This was my turn-around point and I headed home, taking a long rest at Log Boom Park, racking up 32 miles total for the round trip.