Explore Cross Kirkland Corridor
Situated along the eastern edge of Lake Washington, Kirkland is a beautiful destination for couples, families and individuals interested in enjoying the outdoors. Between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountain range, there are nearly unlimited opportunities for exploration; however, you don’t need to travel far for one of the area’s best outdoor attractions: the Cross Kirkland Corridor.
About the Cross Kirkland Corridor
The corridor is a 5.75-mile crushed-gravel trail through the heart of Kirkland and the first improved section of the Eastside Rail Corridor. The trail is ten feet wide, ADA accessible and open to foot traffic and cycling. Pets are permitted on a leash and must be picked up after.
A map of the Cross Kirkland Corridor is available here.
The corridor’s current usage is still in its infancy. The “interim” trail that is open to users today is a precursor to a longer-term vision outlined in the Cross Kirkland Corridor master plan, in which the trail will:
- Connect Kirkland
- Foster a greener Kirkland
- Shape a place unique to Kirkland
- Activate Kirkland and evolve over time
In contrast to these big future plans, the history of the corridor stretches back over a century as a former railroad line that was active from 1904 to 2008.
How to Enjoy the Corridor
Cyclists are permitted to ride along the corridor but must yield to pedestrians. The trail is wide, smooth and gradual, encouraging use by those of all ages and ability levels. For longer distance cycling, it’s also possible to link the Cross Kirkland Corridor with the vast network of multiuse trails throughout the greater Seattle area, as it is part of the 42-mile Eastside Rail Corridor that stretches between Renton and Snohomish.
WALKING AND RUNNING
Popular with walkers and joggers, the trail is a great opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy some beautiful green space. It connects walkers and joggers to schools, parks and 8 of the city’s 13 neighborhoods, plus it provides access to two major transportation hubs.
The Cross Kirkland Corridor is also very family friendly! Trailheads dot its length, and the smooth path allows even the littlest among us to explore on their own (under supervision, of course!). The corridor is a great way for the family to get to additional park recreation for the family - Totem Lake Park, Crestwoods Park, Terrace Park and Watershed Park are all easily accessible from the corridor.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to use the corridor! The wide and smooth trail allows for those using motorized wheelchairs or electric-assisted bicycles to easily enjoy its full length.
Please note that horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed along the corridor.
Grab a Bite or a Drink
The corridor’s convenient serpentine route through the heart of Kirkland makes it easy to pull over for a bite or to enjoy a drink from nearly any point. Whether you’re hopping between favorite spots or need a simple pick-me-up, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite spots at which to take a break.
Inspired by the active outdoor lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest and situated right off the corridor, this brewery specializes in ales and lagers.
This Kirkland favorite conveniently located on the corridor is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Hint: DERU’s sweet treats, including cookies, pastries and cakes, are not to be missed!
One of neighboring Woodinville’s most popular wineries, DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery serving by the glass or bottle. Its downtown Kirkland Wine Lounge, just a couple blocks off the corridor, is an ideal spot for relaxing after your day exploring or shopping. From there, it’s easy to explore the other numerous restaurants, bars and shops of downtown.
Where to Stay When Exploring
Visitors to Kirkland can choose a hotel that offers convenient access to the corridor. Below are a couple of suggestions for places to stay that are within walking distance of the trail.
The Heathman is the only boutique hotel in the heart of Kirkland. It features a blend of modern luxury with warm and personalized service. The on-site restaurant, Hearth, specializes in locally sourced ingredients and is a popular dining spot for hotel guests and locals alike.
The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa, located on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington, offer unbeatable views and exceptional hospitality. The hotel’s Beach Café is a great spot for lakeside dinning, and the boutique medi-spa provides a full menu of traditional treatments. Even better, the property is situated just south of downtown Kirkland and very close to the Cross Kirkland Corridor.