It had been a long time since we’d bicycled the Sammamish River Trail. It was one of our favorites when we lived in North Seattle, but after our move south we found new trails to ride. But yesterday was perfect for a bicycle ride so we ventured north to ride the trail along the Sammamish River, 19 miles round trip, powered by electric bikes, which made up for the passing of years.
We started at the Bothell Landing, a lovely historical park complete with play areas and boat rentals.
From there we followed the paved and mostly flat trail along the river through the Sammamish River Valley.
There were a few surprises along the way, like this giant dragonfly and tiny windmill in the distance.
And across the river Washington State’s oldest winery, Chateau St. Michelle. Maybe another day. 🙂
The Sammamish River runs 10 miles from Lake Sammamish to Lake Washington and like many rivers in the Northwest was modified in the last century to deal with flooding. A once curvy 30 mile river with cool shallow waters, its bank thick with willows, cattails and rushes, was converted into a straight deep channel with minimal vegetation. While this helped the farmers, the salmon and other wildlife were negatively impacted.
Now the river is being restored, with boulders, cobbles and gravel added to its bottom, and new vegetation added to its banks to attract wildlife and provide shaded pools for salmon to thrive.
We stopped in Redmond for lunch, went as far as Marymoor Park before heading back to our starting place in Bothell. An easy 19 mile round trip, made easier by the boost of power provided by our electric bikes. Nothing wrong with that.