Fitness Off the Beaten Path
For those who consider sweat to be a form of therapy, Kirkland is exactly what the doctor ordered! A high-energy hub of gyms and fitness centers, Kirkland offers everything from largescale national chain gyms, to smaller, more intimate personal training studios, and everything in between.
If you are energized by group exercise classes in an upbeat setting, Kirkland has several great options tucked right in the downtown core! Alternatively, if your preference is to hoist some heavy weight and get the work done, a self-service gym like Anytime Fitness might be more your speed. From the relentless, sweat-inducing WODs (WOD = Workout of the Day) at the Kirkland CrossFit to personalized fitness at Happy Hour by Marisa, Kirkland has a fitness center that will inspire and motivate you!
Get Fit in Kirkland Parks!
In Kirkland, supporting a healthy community is a huge part of our Parks and Community Services Department mission. Kirkland’s lush network of parks and natural areas offer a plethora of opportunities for running, hiking and biking and more!
In addition to forested nature trails, athletic fields, playground and basketball court, Crestwoods Park offers a recently updated outdoor gym boasting a challenging selection of resistance equipment and multilevel pullup bars. This makes Crestwoods the ideal location to jumpstart your fitness!
Insider Tip! Crestwoods Park is home to the famous Forbes Creek Stairs, an arduous set of outdoor stairs discreetly roughed into the hillside located near the northernmost section of the park. Built out of railroad ties, the Forbes Creek Stairs feature over 200 steps with roughly 115 feet of elevation and are well-known to fitness junkies from all over the eastside. The stairs are conveniently located near the City’s Cross Kirkland Corridor, offering an exciting side-excursion sure to elevate your heart rate!
Cross Kirkland Corridor
The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) is a 10-foot-wide, 5.75-mile crushed gravel pathway that extends from the South Kirkland Park & Ride to the Totem Lake Business District. The trail is a popular thruway for bicyclists and runners alike! It’s gloriously flat and easy to navigate, framed by gorgeous views, leafy green spaces and beautiful wooded areas. Distance is easy to track on the CKC, making it the perfect place to train for that upcoming 10K!
Fun Fact about the Cross Kirkland Corridor! Kirkland Firefighters on the Wildland Firefighting Team must complete an annual “red card” recertification process required for wildland incident response. Part of the recertification is a grueling test of fitness called the “arduous pack test,” in which firefighters must travel three miles in under 45 minutes carrying a 45-pound pack. Our firefighters use the Cross Kirkland Corridor to complete this annual drill!
Part of the King County Parks system, Big Finn Hill Park is a beautifully wooded 220-acre park with a 9.5-mile network of tree-lined trails perfect for trail running! Trail running offers a multitude of unique benefits, including reduced pressure on muscles and joints, increased balance and mobility and more! Plus, being outside in green spaces is a known mood elevator, great for fighting depression and anxiety. Big Finn Hill is filled with life-infusing trees and native species, while offering the added intrigue of wetlands, ponds and lots of woodsy wildlife. Big Finn Hill Park is in west Kirkland at 8106 N.E. 138th Street, Kirkland.