Bicycling: East Lake Sammamish

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Bicycling Ride Description

This trail is soft-surface smooth gravel. Part of the "Locks to Lakes Corridor," the East Lake Sammamish trail is approximately 11 miles long and follows an off-road corridor along the lake through residential neighborhoods. The trail is accessible at numerous locations along its route, with limited formal parking areas. The ELST intersects with the Issaquah-Preston Trail in Issaquah near I-90, which provides a paved connection east within the Mountains to Sound Greenway Corridor. From here, riders can access Preston, Sammamish, Bellevue, and Seattle from designated bike paths.

Driving Directions

Access points include: NE 65th, 187th Ave. NE, Inglewood Hill Rd., west of NE 7th St., SE 8th St., SE 33rd St., Gilman Blvd.


Parking pass not required. Restrooms are available at certain access points. See website for details. No drinking water available along route. Please respect private property along lake and stay on trail / access points. Cell phone and basic bike repair kit recommended.

Trip Report Essentials

Location: Issaquah to Redmond
Terrain: Easy
Distance: 7.0 miles one way

Why this ride?

Kids will dig this mostly flat, smooth, wide trail with no traffic! The soft-surface trail is mostly flat and smooth and provides excellent views of Lake Sammamish and Cascade foothills, and is popular with off-road bicyclists, joggers, walkers and other users.
Be sure to bring these necessities along on your ride: For a complete day cycling checklist, visit Expert Advice on

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