Two great opportunities to get some exercise while exploring some of Bellevue's most beautiful sites are just around the corner. Bellevue's annual Lake to Lake Walk will be on Saturday, Sept. 15, and the city's inaugural Lake to Lake Bike Ride will be a week later. video
Lake to Lake Walk
For the Lake to Lake Walk, participants must register the morning of the event from 8 to 10 a.m., at Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, 2380 Bellevue Way SE. Pre-registration is not available.
Sponsored by Bellevue Parks & Community Services, the American Volkssport Association and Northwest Striders, the event is free. Volkssport members seeking walking mileage must pay $3. All participants will receive a route map and written walking directions during registration.
The walking route is approximately 9.3 miles (15 kilometers), and takes about four hours to walk. Highlights include open space, forests, wetlands, gardens, historic buildings, farms and neighborhoods. Park sites along the trail include Weowna Park, the Phantom Lake Loop, the Lake Hills Greenbelt, Kelsey Creek Farm, Wilburton Hill and Mercer Slough Nature Park.
Limited parking will be available along the west side of the Mercer Slough Nature Park on Bellevue Way, and will be identified by Volkssport signage. A shuttle will run every 30 minutes, from 8 to 10 a.m., from the parking area to the start of the trail at Weowna Park's lower trailhead, at 565 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. SE. The walk will end back at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm.
The walk is not suitable for small children or strollers, and dogs will not be allowed on the shuttle. For more information, call 425-452-2565, email MSEEC@bellevuewa.gov or visit the community calendar.
Lake to Lake Bike Ride
Riders of all levels and abilities can explore Bellevue by bicycle with the first sponsored Lake to Lake Bike Ride starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Participants can choose between two routes:
- Eight-mile Greenbelt Loop: A mostly flat ride along Robinswood Park, Weowna Park and the Lake Hills Greenbelt trail; or,
- 20-mile Lake to Lake Loop: A more challenging route exploring Kelsey Creek Park, Wilburton Hills Park and the eastern edges of Lake Washington.
Both rides start and finish at Lake Hills Community Park, 1200 164th Ave. SE, and terrain on both routes is road and gravel. The course will be well-marked and supported by staff and volunteers. Experienced and beginning riders are encouraged to participate. All riders under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The event will feature prize raffles, pre-and post-event refreshments and live music from the Emily McIntosh Trio. All registered participants will receive a custom-designed bicycle hat and gifts from local sponsors. The first 100 will receive a free pair of custom Lake to Lake Ride socks.
The cost is $15/adult, $10 for ages 17 and under, or $30 for families (up to three individuals in the same household.) Proceeds will benefit the Bellevue Youth Camp Scholarship Fund, which helps make it possible for all kids to enjoy healthy and fun recreation.
The event is sponsored by Chaplin's Bellevue Subaru, the Microsoft Store and Bellevue Parks & Community Services. Supporting sponsors also include Honest Tea, Choose Your Way Bellevue, REI, Crossroads Shopping Center, Skout Natural Foods, Escape Outdoors and Whole Foods Market.
To register, visit My Parks and Recreation and enter activity code 67033. Space is limited and preregistration is encouraged. Pending availability, on-site registration will take place 8-9 a.m. on event day.
For more information, call 425-452-4882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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