Occupying an old railroad corridor, the East Lake Sammamish Trail follows the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, from Redmond south to Issaquah. The trail is a work in progress, as paving, access and the installation of amenities will continue into 2012. A 1.2-mile section of trail in Redmond is paved between NE 70th Street south to 187th Street. Closures may be in effect for other paving works, particularly at the Issaquah end in 2012. Once completed, the East Lake Sammamish Trail will be part of a 44-mile corridor from Seattle's Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah. For updates on trail paving and construction of parking and access, visit the King County website
The trail intersects with the Issaquah-Preston Trail
in Issaquah near I-90.
Access to the Redmond (northern) end of the East Lake Sammamish Trail is off Northeast 70th Street near the east side of Marymoor Park. In late 2011 a new 77-car parking area was completed between 65th and 70th streets. The trail is also accessible at numerous locations along its route. As of late 2011, the trail was undergoing more construction. Visit King County's website for updates (under "Related Links" to the right).
I like East Lake Sammamish Trail the way it is, but some people want to spend a lot of money to pave it with asphalt. The paved 12-foot-wide asphalt trail is much wider than it has to be. This is a waste of resources. Here is the latest announcement:
A short section at the north end of the trail has been paved and re-opened as of November 2011. You can now ride all the way from Issaquah to Redmond and beyond on this trail without having to use busy streets with narrow shoulders. I was surprised to ...
Went out to see the ELST yesterday between engagements. Perhaps get a ride in. No go on the Redmond end. They certainly are paving. Piles of gravel, heavy equipment, trail heads fenced off, side trail into Marymoor Park closed, etc. Felt ...