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Length
Surfaces
Type

Alki Trail

5.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

BPA Trail

3.83 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Burke-Gilman Trail

18.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Cedar River Trail

17.4 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Chehalis Western Trail

21.2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Coal Creek Trail (WA)

3.7 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Woodchips

Des Moines Creek Trail

2.2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Foothills Trail (WA)

31.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Grandview Trail

1.25 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Green River Trail

19.6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Green-to-Cedar Rivers Trail

3.75 mi
State: WA
Gravel

I-90 Trail

8.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Interurban Trail North

24 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Lake Boren Esplanade

0.6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Prairie Line Trail

0.5 mi
State: WA
Brick

Ruston Way Path

2.53 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

SR 520 Trail

2.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Soos Creek Trail

6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt
Accordion

Soundview Trail

2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Springbrook Trail

2.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail

14 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Chief Sealth Trail

4 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Cushman Trail

6.1 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

East Aberdeen Waterfront Walkway

1.6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Interurban Trail South

19.1 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Puyallup Riverwalk Trail

4.1 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Scott Pierson Trail

5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Seattle Waterfront Pathway

2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Ship Canal Trail

1.9 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Sumner Link Trail

5.1 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Sylvia Creek Forestry Trail

2.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade

1.9 mi
State: WA
Boardwalk, Concrete

West Campus Trail

1.04 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

56 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Duwamish Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Eastrail South (Eastrail)

4 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Karen Fraser Woodland Trail

5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Gravel

Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop

3.6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Sound to Olympics Trail

2.6 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Basich Trailway

1.2 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Beacon Avenue Bike Path

2.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Chehalis Riverfront Walkway

3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Frager Road Trail

5.52 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Lake to Sound Trail

8.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Concrete

Pipeline Trail

2.7 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Water Flume Line Trail

2.4 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Yelm Prairie Line Trail

1.4 mi
State: WA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Alki Trail rides along the northern and eastern shore of West Seattle along Alki Avenue. Largely riding on a widened sidewalk, separated from traffic by a parking lane and curb, traffic on the...
WA 5.5 mi Asphalt
Meandering down a Bonneville Power Administration overhead electric utility corridor, the BPA Trail serves as a connector between Celebration Park and the downtown areas of Federal Way with its...
WA 3.83 mi Asphalt
Spanning nearly 19 miles between Seattle and Bothell, the Burke-Gilman Trail is as much a thoroughfare for commuting to work and the University of Washington as it is a staple for social recreation...
WA 18.8 mi Asphalt
Note: Access to equestrians is restricted within Renton City limits. Overview The Cedar River Trail follows the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad corridor for 17.4 miles on a...
WA 17.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Chehalis Western Trail follows the route of a Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. railroad by the same name that carried millions of logs out of Washington forests to the coast for shipment from the 1920s to...
WA 21.2 mi Asphalt
The Coal Creek Trail offers trail users a wealth of coal history, fitness, and nature in a forested fish and wildlife habitat, with interpretive signs that highlight the relics to be found along the...
WA 3.7 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Woodchips
The Des Moines Creek Trail offers a nice connection between the south side of Seattle and the waterfront community of Des Moines on Puget Sound. The paved trail begins just south of the Seattle-Tacoma...
WA 2.2 mi Asphalt
Elliott Bay offers trail users the opportunity to enjoy art, history, and a wide variety of outdoor activities in a beautiful waterfront setting. Myrtle Edwards Park is adjacent to the Olympic...
WA 3.4 mi Asphalt
Note: The Spiketon Ditch Bridge is closed until further notice. Please check with Pierce County for more current information.  Overview  The Foothills Trail is a 30-mile collection of five...
WA 31.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Grandview Trail runs in a straight line for more than a mile on the eastern edge of Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Park. The trail appropriately never strays too far from Grandview...
WA 1.25 mi Asphalt
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Green River Trail currently stretches nearly 20 miles through the industrial heart of the Green River Valley from the southern suburbs of Seattle to Kent, connecting to a number of neighborhoods...
WA 19.6 mi Asphalt
The Green-to-Cedar Rivers Trail is an extension of the Cedar River Trail, which heads south from Witte Road where the two trails intersect. The Green-to-Cedar Rivers Trail passes through Lake...
WA 3.75 mi Gravel
Scenic and interesting are uncommon terms used to describe a trail alongside a busy freeway, but the I-90 Trail in Washington is different. The trail begins in the west in Seattle and runs for 10...
WA 8.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Interurban Trail between Seattle and Everett stitches together a dense residential and commercial patchwork that the original electric railway helped to grow in the early part of the 20th century....
WA 24 mi Asphalt
The Lake Boren Esplanade is a wide, paved pathway sitting on the west side of Coal Creek Parkway. The esplanade begins at Lake Boren Park and then parallels the road, offering glimpses of the lake...
WA 0.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Tacoma's Prairie Line Trail follows the former Northern Pacific Railroad that was established here in 1873. Tacoma was the terminus of the rail line that stretched all the way to the Great...
WA 0.5 mi Brick
The delightful Ruston Way Path sits in the Old Town neighborhood of northern Tacoma. Its linear, flat and paved nature make it a cinch for all travelers and it offers lovely views of Commencement Bay,...
WA 2.53 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The highly anticipated SR 520 trail is finally open, and commuters of all stripes have been quick to make use of it if the trail counts are anything to go by. The trail was constructed as part of the...
WA 2.7 mi Asphalt
The Soos Creek Trail travels through heavily wooded forest on a north-south route spanning the eastern edge of the Seattle suburb of Kent. Following the path of its namesake creek, the trail begins...
WA 6 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The scenic Soundview Trail runs along and through the Chambers Bay public golf course—site of the U.S. Open in 2015—within Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Park. The 2-mile trail links at both...
WA 2 mi Asphalt
Renton's Springbrook Trail is a good spot for a relaxed walk surrounded by nature in the heart of an urban district. The trail exists in two segments: the north segment begins in Black River Riparian...
WA 2.3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Overview  The Yelm Rainier Tenino Trails runs for 14 miles between the rural towns of Tenino and Yelm. The paved trail travels through agricultural areas, forests, and wetlands, and it takes a...
WA 14 mi Asphalt
The Chief Sealth Trail runs north–south along Seattle's southeast side between S. Ferdinand Street at Beacon Avenue S. and S. Gazelle Street at 51st Avenue S. The paved trail provides access to...
WA 4 mi Asphalt
Gig Harbor's Cushman Trail is a paved, non-motorized route for pedestrian and bike use. The trail shares much of its corridor with overhead Tacoma Power electric lines. Along the way, trail users will...
WA 6.1 mi Asphalt
The East Aberdeen Waterfront Walkway is a 6-foot wide asphalt trail that meanders along the north side of the Chehalis River in Aberdeen. Historically, this land was used for industrial purposes, and...
WA 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Interurban Trail (South) connects several towns south of Seattle along the historic route of the Puget Sound Electric Railway. The trolley ran between Tacoma and Seattle from 1902 to 1928, falling...
WA 19.1 mi Asphalt
The Puyallup Riverwalk Trail traces the tree-lined shoreline in northern Puyallup, a few miles southeast of Tacoma. The paved pathway consists of two completed segments with about a mile of...
WA 4.1 mi Asphalt
The Scott Pierson Trail runs parallel to State Route 16 for most of its journey from 25th Street in Tacoma to 24th Street on the southern edge of Gig Harbor. The 5-mile trail is a safe and convenient...
WA 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The highly urban Seattle Waterfront Pathway is a continuation of the Elliot Bay Trail and carries on south from Broad Street south to South Royal Brougham Way. The trail parallels Alaskan Way along...
WA 2 mi Asphalt
Across the waterway from its big brother (the Burke-Gilman Trail), the Ship Canal Trail runs along the southern edge of the Lake Washington Ship Canal near Seattle Pacific University. The trail links...
WA 1.9 mi Asphalt
Sumner Link Trail provides an important connection between the Interurban Trail and the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail. Along the way, the trail follows the White River, offering views of the water,...
WA 5.1 mi Asphalt
The Sylvia Creek Forestry Trail is located in Lake Sylvia State Park north of Montesano on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The interpretive trail winds through the deep forest and alongside scenic...
WA 2.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade begins at Thea's Park along Tacoma's eastern waterfront. The park offers access to the water for fishing, swimming, boating, and wildlife viewing (harbor seals and sea...
WA 1.9 mi Boardwalk, Concrete
The West Campus Trail provides access from the BPA Trail to Federal Way's West Campus medical centers. The short trail also offers the many surrounding neighborhoods a safe off-street connection to...
WA 1.04 mi Asphalt
Overview An adventure awaits those who tackle all, or part, of the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills State Park Trail in southwestern Washington. The former Northern Pacific Railway line rolls through...
WA 56 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
Running north to south along the industrial Duwamish Waterway, the 3-mile Duwamish Trail is an important connector in southwest Seattle. Beginning a half mile south of the Alki Trail, the Duwamish...
WA 3 mi Asphalt
The Eastrail (or formerly, Eastside Rail Corridor Trail), built on a former BNSF freight railroad, will one day traverse 42 miles through King County, connecting Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond,...
WA 4 mi Asphalt
Commuters move between the cities of Olympia and Lacey along a former Burlington Northern corridor now known as the Karen Fraser Woodland Trail. The Chehalis Western Trail runs north and south from...
WA 5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Seattle's Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop offers scenic views of Lake Union, as well as access to parks, neighborhoods, and downtown shops and restaurants. A good place to begin your journey is at Lake...
WA 3.6 mi Asphalt
When complete, the Sound to Olympics Trail will extend across Kitsap County to link two Washington State regional trail systems: the Mountains to Sound Greenway to the Olympic Discovery Trail. This...
WA 2.6 mi Asphalt
This short community rail-trail connects the cities of Aberdeen and Cosmopolis through some original wetland areas. The trail also leads directly to the large sports complex at Pioneer Park, while...
WA 1.2 mi Asphalt
A shared use path runs along the Beacon Avenue in the Beacon Hills neighborhood of southeast Seattle. The path sits in the street's wide median and intersects with the Chief Sealth Trail around Dawson...
WA 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Chehalis Riverfront Walkway provides a scenic route from the south side of Aberdeen to the sprawling Bishop Athletic Complex along an abandoned Burlington Northern railroad grade and levee. The...
WA 3 mi Asphalt
Overview The Frager Road Trail runs alongside the Green River for 5.5 miles in Kent just south of Seattle, WA. It follows the route of the out-of-service Frager Road, and along a portion of the...
WA 5.52 mi Asphalt
The Lake to Sound Trail is a developing pathway that will one day connect the communities of Seattle between the shores of Lake Washington and the Puget Sound at Des Moines Park Beach. As of 2023, the...
WA 8.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The Pipeline Trail provides a 2.7-mile off-road route through the city of Tacoma. The trail is ADA accessible with a 12ft wide paved surface, lighting, trail signage and benches. About...
WA 2.7 mi Asphalt
Overview The Water Flume Line Trail runs for 2.4 miles through the City of Tacoma, WA. The wide, paved trail follows the route of a wooden structure, known as a flume, that carried water...
WA 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Yelm Prairie Line Trail is a 1.3-mile paved rail-trail that runs along the previous route of the historic Prairie Line Railroad through the City of Yelm. The current 1.3-mile multi-use trail is...
WA 1.4 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail

Deferred Maintenance

July, 2024 by amarkv

Once again the Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Ride took some 6,000 riders along the Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail this weekend. The trail used to be very pleasant but over the (17) years I have participated in the STP, the trees have grown and the tree roots have progressively ruined the surface of the asphalt. Even worse, the shade is such that it is virtually impossible to see the uneven ruts and bumps until you’ve hit them. This is especially true when dozens of cyclists are cruising down the trail in a pace line at 25 mph. Yesterday was just plain dangerous.

There are also dozens of raised yellow box covers for posts. I have never seen the posts being used, but the box covers are another pointless danger for unsuspecting cyclists. This is no small issue given that 75% to 80% of the riders each year are participating in the STP for the first time. And when one cyclist goes down, he/she takes several more down as well. These covers should be permanently removed or at least designed to be perfectly flat. Just common sense.

This trail could be a real asset to the community, but presently it is a hazard to cyclists.

Yelm Rainier Tenino Trail

worth the time

July, 2024 by sistahspeak

I can't give this 5 stars because of the 3 busy highways that you have to cross when getting close to Tenino.
Otherwise it is a great trail for distance, and relatively quiet without a lot of trail traffic.
word to the wise.. there is a significant amount of the trail that is not shaded. Wear your sunscreen and or go early in the morning.
I am planning another trail ride this year most likely in the fall.

Cedar River Trail

Nice Ride

June, 2024 by mcgeeutahadr

Nice real pretty ride on gravel and paved trail. It’s slightly downhill headed west from Landsburg Patk, but hardly noticeable. You run along the Maple Valley highway at about mile 7, so it’s not as pretty.

Accordion

Cedar River Trail

Great segment from Landsburg

June, 2024 by dbarkovic

Started at Landsburg and stopped at Cascadia Pizza right on the trail. 5mi one way. Perfect segment in nature with the rustling Cedar River next to us. I think the trail aligns with the highway right after this point and gets less interesting. Definitely recommend this segment.

Foothills Trail (WA)

Spiketon Bridge

March, 2024 by sgrimmlied7

Spiketon Bridge is closed three miles out of Buckley….so disappointing! We saw no notifications about disclosure anywhere.

Sound to Olympics Trail

WTF?!

February, 2024 by timothydhaworth

The most incomplete trail network ever! I kind of see the vision but it's not even 10% done. Would love information on when more segments are going to open.

Interurban Trail North

Great trail! Signage is pretty clear and it's a fun bike ride. I'm going to try some longer trails after this.

October, 2023 by emavinil

Great trail! Signage is pretty clear and it's a fun bike ride. I'm going to try some longer trails after this.

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

Biked all 56 miles both ways in 2023.

October, 2023 by bkabat1

Aug. & Oct. 2023 I biked entire 56 mile trail both directions. TrailLink write-up is generally correct, with pavement at both ends and then a variety of gravel (packed, loose, and rough) through 90% of the ride. All bridges were completed many years ago, and perfectly in tact. (So, don't pay attention to the many pictures and posts here from 2011; those 2011 pics do not show nor tell of the trail as it exists today.) I used a mid-width tire (1.95"), which handled the gravel nicely. One should NOT bike the loose and rough gravel on thin street tires. I am a fair-weather-only biker: I took one bottle of water (refilled along the way), a jacket, sunscreen, but no backpack. The trail was wonderful for me in the warm, dry weather. I stopped in Pe Ell and got food at the mini-mart, and stopped in LeBam and got a late lunch. I was never in a hurry, using mid-gears over the rough, just soaking in all the beauty of the countryside, hills, forrest. Depending on your energy, you could do the whole length in one day in the dry Summer if you start at 8:30am, or do it in two days, starting around noon. The Raymond side could be a little confusing as it brushes over 101 and the city for a half-mile; map helped there. But, 99% of the trail is woods, farm fields, forrest, and beautiful countryside. I put up about 20 pictures of the journey along the way.

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

Rainy day ride out of Chehalis

September, 2023 by ron242

With 80% chance of rain in the forecast, parking was not a problem in the 10 able-bodied slots in the Chehalis lot. (I suspect on a sunny day, you'll want a Discover Pass to access tons more parking in the state park lot, or the lots in Adna or at Ceres Hill Road.) The first 5.3 miles of asphalt were smooth but I was careful - much of the paving is split jaggedly up the center - there was a trail crew out patching the worst spot as I rode past. As others called out, do watch out, at road crossings, not only for traffic but, on either side of roads, for foundation components jutting low above the ground of at least two missing motor-vehicle-barrier posts. And as others called out, be alert for bridge transitions, some of which sport more-than-an-inch disparities between trail height and bridge bed. All that said, lovely country ride 9.7 miles to Ceres Hill Road and back to Chehalis left me wanting to return to cycle more of this trail!

Interurban Trail South

Pacific to Kent

September, 2023 by sara_alexandre

We tried to start the trail where it starts off Stewart Ave but found no place to park without risk of towing. So we hopped on at county line rd where there was a small parking area near a duck pond. Most the trail was pretty smooth and straight but some areas bumpy. We chose to merge onto the green river trail and ran into to some of leash dogs but had no incidents. So no bathrooms along the trail that we could see but some restaurants you could stop at if needed. Would be nice if they could link to the Sumner link trail, close but no safe bridge to ride.

Seattle Waterfront Pathway

Amazing Trail

August, 2023 by david664

All along the waterfront - I ride it twice a week - most beautiful trail in and as it completes at the North end turn left and it connects to a 2 mile trail along cruise ship terminal and Smith Cove Park or take a right along the rail yard and connect to the Gilman trail that takes you north to Gilman road protected trail that goes to Discovery park and on the way back drop down to the Ballard locks - most beautiful ride ever

Willapa Hills State Park Trail

Paved, gravel, rock, grass, rock & grass, blackberry vines.Rode about 10 miles out of South Bend, stopped, got on the paved Hwy and headed back.Had to focus to much on the trail, and couldn't enjoy the scenery.

August, 2023 by craig1953plsd

Paved, gravel, rock, grass, rock & grass, blackberry vines.Rode about 10 miles out of South Bend, stopped, got on the paved Hwy and headed back.Had to focus to much on the trail, and couldn't enjoy the scenery.

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