South of its big brother (the Burke-Gilman Trail), the Ship Canal Trail runs from the Fremont Bridge west along the canal near Seattle Pacific University, and east/ south beside Lake Union. The trail will eventually link the Burke-Gilman Trail with the Emerson Street bike path; Once this occurs it will be possible to bike from Redmond to downtown Seattle almost entirely on non-motorized paths. The Ship Canal Trail is popular with dog-walkers and joggers.
Parking and Trail Access
I only saw the trail at the terminus area, at 6th avenue. I didn't have my bike to try it out. The asphalt seemed pretty well kept, although the paint markings looked like they were wearing off.
Currently there are lots of blackberry bushes growing ...