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Lake Washington Ship Canal Waterside Trail

October 21, 2021
Type : hike
Length : 1 mile, roundtrip
Elevation Gain : 40 ft.
High Point : 30 ft.

After a morning hike along the Arboretum Waterfront Trail went quicker than expected, I realized I was at the start of the ship canal trail and decided I could squeeze in this hike, given how short it is, before my first meeting of the day.

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Things got off to a great start, as I was walking down to the viewpoint overlooking Lake Washington, an eagle flew over carrying what looked like a fish, with a couple of crows in hot pursuit. The eagle landed on a large pine tree and went to work on it’s catch.
The start of the hike
The start of the hike
Eagle flying overhead
Eagle flying overhead
View out onto Lake Washington
View out onto Lake Washington
After admiring the eagle, it’s a short walk on a gravel trail up a very small hill before you encounter a set of stairs leading down to the ship canal.
First part of the trail
First part of the trail
Stairs leading down to the ship canal
Stairs leading down to the ship canal
Walking along the ship canal was somewhat interesting, as was going underneath the Montlake Bridge. There isn’t much room on the trail when passing beneath the bridge, but fortunately no one else was coming - I doubt this trail sees a lot of use.
Ship Canal trail
Ship Canal trail
Underneath the Montlake Bridge
Underneath the Montlake Bridge
Looking up at the Montlake Bridge
Looking up at the Montlake Bridge
Montlake cut and Lake Union
Montlake cut and Lake Union
I walked the short distance along the trail to the West Montlake Park, and spent a couple of minutes walking around the park. After that, it was back the way I came for the whole half mile back to the car.
Large tree in West Montlake Park
Large tree in West Montlake Park
Walking back along the Ship Canal Waterside Trail
Walking back along the Ship Canal Waterside Trail
This isn't a hike I would really recommend, but it was cool to walk under the Montlake Bridge and I got to see an eagle.