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Lets celebrate fall (and breathable air) in lush green Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland. There are three main trails: Coyote, Trillium and Raven. In this walk we will connect portions of all three for a total of about 3.5 miles. (This measurement is not exact.) The portions we walk will be flat except for a steep hill about 1/4 mile from the start. Because this is an equestrian park occasionally there may be a rider and horse. Please step to the side and don't spook the horse. If you bring a dog to the walk, be sure he/she is trained well enough to not bark. Oh, and watch out for horsey "calling cards." Please follow COVID 19 protocol: wear face masks; walk in small groups; and keep a "social distance" apart. We will meet at the west entrance off 116th Ave NE, at NE 53rd Street. This is a state park, requiring a pass. For those without one, you can park outside along 116th Avenue. NOTE: Gather around the metal gate at the entrance, not our usual starting point that is across the gravel parking lot. There are great facilities available a short distance from the parking lot. For more information about this park: http://www.bridletrails.org/about_the_park/trail_map.html
We will first walk north from Marina Park and pass through two other parks: Heritage and Juanita Bay as far as the boardwalk. Then we turn back south and pass through Juanita Bay Park again and down to Waverley Beach Park. Finally, we pass a tiny park actually called "Mini Park". Don't blink or you'll miss it. ;) This scenic walk is mostly flat with one steep but very short hill, and two long-ish but not-too-steep hills. Round trip distance is about 4 miles. All of the walk is on pavement. There is lots of free street parking around Heritage Park and Market Street. (See the map.) If you don't want to bother looking for a spot, there is free public parking under the Kirkland library which is about 4 blocks east of our starting point. Per COVID 19 safety protocol please wear a mask and stay at least 5' apart.