East Lake Sammamish Trail

This former railroad corridor offers cyclists and pedestrians 11 miles of paved or gravel path along Lake Sammamish's eastern shore with minimal elevation gain. Take in great views of the lake between Redmond and Issaquah.

on the trail

Originally a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad corridor on the east side of Lake Sammamish, the East Lake Sammamish Trail now offers cyclists and pedestrians a scenic pathway that runs for 11 miles along the lakeshore and connects Marymoor Park to other regional trails, like the Sammamish River Trail. The trail is level with an occasional gentle curve, and has both paved and gravel portions.


  • Because of gravel sections, the trail is not officially fully ADA compliant. 
  • Please respect private property and be alert at the trail's occasional crossings of streets where you may encounter cars.
  • Sections of the trail do close for maintenance and development, so be sure to check the trail's webpage before planning a longer excursion.
  • A map is available at the trail's webpage which shows parking lots, restrooms, and the zones where the trail is paved or gravel.
  • Suitable Activities: Bikepacking, Day Hiking, Trail Running, Urban Adventure
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy, Bikepacking Gravel I
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Land Manager: King County Parks & Recreation
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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