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We will walk westward along the Tolt Pipeline with an option to take a side trip through a network of forested trails in a community called Brooktrails Estates which traverses the Tolt Pipeline. Non-residents are allowed to walk on the trails.
Option 1: Rated "2 thumbs up" by previous walkers. ;) We walk westward along the Tolt Pipeline and turn back at 168th Ave. About halfway back we leave the pipeline and take a detour through Brooktrails Estates. These trails are beautifully forested and many of the paths are covered with a thick layer of soft bark and pine needles and feel like a plush carpet. The detour returns us back to the pipeline about a quarter mile from the cars. The Brooktrails detour has 1 long, slightly steep hill and 2 steep but super short hills. Total distance is 4.5 miles.
Option 2: Walk westward along the Tolt Pipeline and turn back eastward at 168th Ave to the starting point without taking the side trip. (You are free to walk farther before turning back.) The Tolt Pipeline is entirely gravel with three hills. Total distance 3.2 miles.
Walk leader will be doing the Brooktrails Estates detour. If you are staying on the main pipeline route you will have no problem finding the parking lot.
Let's have some fun and exercise in the lush green Bridle Trails State Park. There are three main trails: Trillium, Coyote, and Raven. In this Meetup we will connect portions of all three, for a total of 3.4 miles. The portions we walk will be mostly flat except for a few hills.
There are great "facilities" available a short distance past the parking lot.
Because this is an equestrian park, we may encounter riders with horses. Please step to the side and be careful to not spook them. 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."
We will meet in 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.
For more information about this park:
This is a double option walk starting from the Puget Sound Energy Trail, (PSE trail) in Redmond. We start out walking east from the parking lot until coming to the Sammamish River Trail. We cross a picturesque bridge and at that point there are two options to choose from. People can choose whichever route they want.
We cross the Sammamish River Trail, continue east up "Education Hill", and then on to the PSE trail until we reach a total of 45 minutes and then return. Or, people can continue to walk further east and return. Education Hill has a very steep beginning. After that there are flats and rolling hills. The trail is all dirt/gravel, no concrete.
Turn left (north) onto the Sammamish River Trail and continue until reaching a total of 45 minutes and then return. (You can continue walking further if you like.) This route is completely flat, on pavement. You will share the trail with other people and bicycles. Please note: There will not be a "leader" on this option. But, to return, all you have to do is walk back and get off the trail at the bridge ton the right side that we originally crossed (there is only one bridge) and make your way back to the cars.
We meet in Redmond at the Overlake Christian Church parking lot, 9900 Willows Road, next to the Willows Run Golf Club. We will meet on the west end of the parking lot (next to Willows Road) at the west side of the big round-about. (See the map in the image spindle above.)