Bicycling the Sammamish River Trail

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

~ Susanne

9 Comments on “Bicycling the Sammamish River Trail

  1. Some of that scenery is reminiscent of England. You could fined similar riverside rides in many places over here.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks Pete. I thought that might be true, as I spent a little bit of time in the English countryside on my trips (too) many years ago.

  2. Electric sounds fine, Susanne. Better to enjoy these great sights if you aren’t fighting to gain your breath.

  3. Sounds like so much fun! Iโ€™ve never ridden an electric bike, probably donโ€™t have them around here.

    • It’s hard to tell them apart from other bikes as the battery is well hidden. You’ve probably seen people ride them (particularly the older crowd) but not realized they were getting a power boost. We’ve had ours for a year or so and love them. So much fun to ride!

      • I can still ride my street bike, but I can see the time coming when I canโ€™t! Good idea for then.

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