Cross Kirkland Corridor

Washington

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Cross Kirkland Corridor Facts

States: Washington
Counties: King
Length: 5.8 miles
Trail end points: 108th Avenue NE and NE 38th Place and 132nd Avenue NE (Slater Avenue NE)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8036987
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Cross Kirkland Corridor Description

True to its name, the Cross Kirkland Corridor traverses the city for nearly six miles, connecting eight neighborhoods, four major business districts, more than a dozen parks, and several public schools. The trail has the level grade of a typical rail-trail, is well-marked, and has many well-shaded sections.

Google, a major employer in the area, has a campus in the Houghton neighborhood. As the trail traverses the campus, it provides access to Feriton Spur (747 6th Ave. S.), a park which offers a playground, zip line, exercise equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and a historical caboose.

The rail-trail is part of the developing 42-mile Eastside Rail Corridor network, stretching from Renton to Snohomish. The railroad line was built in 1904 to haul coal and lumber, but later expanded to agricultural and industrial freight. In Kirkland, the rails and ties were removed in 2013.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Crestwoods Park (1818 6th Street) and Terrace Park (10333 NE 67th Street).

Cross Kirkland Corridor Reviews

If you live in, or at least commute through Kirkland, this trail is your new best friend.

This trail is super convenient. It’s gravel, but pretty compact, so even with a road bike you should be fine. Just make sure to give yourself an extra few yards of stopping distance. It has a lot of road crossings, but each one has a button that immediately flashes a bunch of annoying yellow lights at the crossing traffic, which is legally required to stop immediately, so no more waiting for long periods of time at stop lights. The greatest part about it is that it used to be a train track, so the entire trail is super level. No matter which way you go, it almost always feels as if you’re riding downhill. Overall I think this trail is great for committing, and fun for leisurely Sunday cruises. Give it a try!

Better for walking

This trail is gravel, so only slower or family biking is better. Many streets to cross, some very busy, some with Z design making tandem crossing tricky. Construction detour areas are not well marked. Walkers don't always pick up after their dogs so watch out. Also, some areas are Environmentally Sensitive, but beautiful, whereas others are the backs of factories & warehouses. On the plus side, it's so new that it is still in very good condition, smooth and relatively clean.

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