Bridle Trails is Bellevue's unique equestrian neighborhood area, with acres of residential property devoted to pastures and trails for horses. While not every family is part of the equestrian culture, all residents enjoy the peaceful ambience here.
Percentage of city: 4 percent
Under 18: 1,177 (26 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 1,730
Bridle Trails is heavily wooded, with an extensive trail system and predominance of large single-family lots. Nearly two-thirds of the area is covered with second-growth timber, and residents have accepted extra regulation to protect trees on public and private property. Local residents also have taken the initiative to preserve Bridle Trails State Park, a 482-acre preserve with 28 miles of equestrian and pedestrian trails.
While most of Bridle Trails has a quiet, semi-rural appearance with horses grazing in lush green meadows, the area includes a strip of apartments and condominiums along the busy 148th Avenue arterial, and a variety of businesses to the south along Northeast 24th Street and State Route 520.
This large residential area spans city and school district boundaries, just north of SR 520, between Interstate 405 and 148th Avenue Northeast. Map
Bridle Trails State Park has been under state ownership since the 1880s. By the 1930s, the area was popular as a place for horseback riding, and a trail system had been developed by community riding enthusiasts. Concerned about protecting the land, citizens petitioned the state Legislature, which agreed to make Bridle Trails a state park.
Most of Bridle Trails was annexed to the city in 1967.
LandmarksNorth Bellevue Community Senior Center
Bellevue Municipal Golf Course
Bridle Trails State Park
Cherry Crest Park
Cherry Crest Elementary School
The Bridle Trails Community Club is the umbrella organization representing overall interests of an area that contains several neighborhoods, including:
- Cherry Crest, a medium density residential development centered around Cherry Crest School and Park;
- Compton Green, a well-organized cohesive community just north of Cherry Crest and south of Bridle Trails Park;
- Also: Bellemead, Bridle Ridge, Compton Trails, Pikes Peak, Shadow Wood, Winchester Estates and Trails End.