New 520 Bridge Trail

View of the University of Washington campus from the Montlake side of the 520 trail

The new 520 bridge trail for bikes and pedestrians has been open for three weeks and we’ve been waiting for a non rainy day to give it a try! I’ll start by saying that this ride is significantly more enjoyable than it sounds (after all, it’s a bike trail next to the freeway). I would also add that it is a much more pleasant riding experience than the 1-90 bridge. It also has a great view!

We started the ride at the UW light rail station, we took light rail but you can also park at UW after noon on Saturdays and all day Sunday for free (as long as there isn’t a game or event going on). From there, you ride south across the montlake bridge and then down E Hamlin street, which takes you directly to the new trailhead (this interchange will be changing when the new 520 interchange (construction on the interchange is beginning later in 2018). From there, it’s a three mile ride across the bridge. The trail is wide, with frequent widenings with benches and interpretive signs, and a sold barrier from traffic in addition to a separation lane.

520 bike trail from the Bellevue (east) side
Looking north from the east side of the bridge

The total ride from the light rail station to the east side of the bridge and back was a short 7 miles, a great getting-back-on-the-bike sort of ride. If you wanted a longer ride, you could ride north or west along the Burke Gilman trail, or do all or part of the Lake Washington loop.

Overall it’s a great addition to King county’s bike infrastructure and surprisingly delightful ride in its own right.

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and presenting traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She believes in sharing her beloved Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.