Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop


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Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Facts

States: Washington
Counties: King
Length: 3.6 miles
Trail end points: Burke-Gilman Trail at Fremont Ave. N and Fairview Ave. E just west of Eastlake Ave. E
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7430887

Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Description

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 Union Park at the lake's southern tip. The park offers picnic areas, a boat launch, and views of several historic ships. From the park, you can head northwest on an off-road trail that follows the western shore of the lake.

At the northwestern corner of the lake, cross the Fremont Bridge to connect to the Burke-Gilman Trail, a member of RTC's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, which will take you across the northern end of the lake. You can complete the 6-mile loop around the lake by crossing University Bridge and traveling south on-road along Fairview Avenue.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking can be found at Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave N.) at the southern end of the lake, as well as at Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way) on the northern end.

Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Reviews

The two sides of the lake are very different

The Westlake side is being upgraded to have actual bike lanes that should be completed before the summer of 2016. The Eastlake side makes no accommodation for bikers and is one of the more dangerous rides around. The best thing to do is to stay off Eastlake as much as you can and travel along the streets nearest the lake. You will have to ride up a couple blocks away from the lake at one point, but most of the trip can be had along the lake side.

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