This very short trail, clocking in at a half mile one way, isn't likely something that will top your list of hikes in Seattle. While it is interesting to get a unique perspective of the Montlake Bridge, and it joins two beautiful bodies of freshwater in Seattle, the hike itself is a little underwhelming. Consider it as an add-on if you are doing the Arboretum Waterfront Trail, or if you happen to be visiting West Montlake Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.