Let's do a series of urban forest walks. We will be walking on trails in parks and probably some neighborhoods surround the parks. The paths may be muddy, dusty, uneven and rocky in places. Come prepared with proper footwear - no flip flops or crocs. There may be some uphill and down but I will try not to make it too strenuous and if you have difficulty let me know and I may be able to provide an alternate route. We will walk 3-5 miles, in about 1.5 to 2 hours (starting promptly at 7 we will be done by 9pm)
This week we will hike through a couple of parks in Kirkland and walk the joining neighborhood streets in between.
Crestwoods Park in Kirkland Washington
This is one of the amazing parks in Kirkland Washington. With over 26.63 acres this expansive park lends itself to a variety of activities and recreational needs.
One of the best features of the Crestwoods Park in Kirkland Washington is that it is only accessible on one side. (See the Google map below) There is thick forest to the north, to the east and to the south. There are only two streets that can get you there, and both are deep at the back of the East of Market neighborhood (also known as Norkirk)
This makes it nice when you are visiting with small children as you don’t have to worry about traffic. Feel free to run wild and enjoy the wide green fields, the cement sidewalk trails, and even the trails through the forest.
The final part of the park is the walking trails. There are trails into the forest going north, east and on the south end. The railroad track is on the east side, and there is forest right down to the tracks. Taking a stroll on a hot summer day it’s easy to enjoy the cool shade, the beauty and the sense of adventure of wandering in the woods.
Restrictions: Leash and scoop laws in effect.
From I-405 South, take the NE 124th Street exit (exit 20) and turn right onto NE 124th Street. Turn left onto 100th Avenue NE which becomes 98th Avenue NE. 98th Avenue NE becomes Market Street. Turn left onto 18th Avenue then left onto 6th Street. End at[masked]th Street, Kirkland.
From I-405 North, take the NE 85th Street exit (exit 18) toward Kirkland and turn slight right onto NE 85th Street / WA-908. Continue to follow NE 85th Street which becomes Central Way. Turn right onto 3rd Street then right onto 18th Avenue. Turn left onto 6th Street. End at[masked]th Street, Kirkland.
Cotton Hill Park
Located in the Highlands neighborhood, this naturally wooded green space is 1.91 acres. Informal footpaths lead you through this beautiful area with its abundance of indigenous shrubs, plants and trees. This park is undeveloped, does not offer parking or restrooms and
Remember that the weather is getting warmer and access to water may not always be available along the way (but is in some cases) so bring along water for your dogs and yourself.
Dogs in attendance must be leashed and have their owner present.
Children under the age of 12 must be in a stroller, leashed or have a separate handler than the dog. They are not allowed to walk the dog and must be respectful and stay away (unless invited) from dogs that are not their own.
We will make it a priority to walk as a group. Paces may be a little different but I will stop along the way for others to catch up. Everybody needs to watch out for others. Let somebody know if you need a break or are going to turn around/
Please check email or this site the day of the event for any last minute changes or cancellations due to weather, road closures, illness, etc. I will try to post last minute details by 7am.