The Friends of the East Lake Sammamish Trail is advocating for a completed trail, built to safe regional trail standards, for everyone in our community to use and enjoy.
The East Lake Sammamish Trail (ELST) follows the path of a historic railroad along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, within the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah.
When complete, the 11 mile trail will connect lakeside communities to each other and to regional travel options.
The ELST is part of the 44-mile Locks to Lakes Corridor, which is both a neighborhood trail and part of a regional trail network. The Locks to Lakes Corridor runs from the Ballard Locks in Seattle to Issaquah and the foothills of the Cascades, via the Burke Gilman, Sammamish River, and East Lake Sammamish trails.
Thanks to decades of community advocacy, six and a half miles of the ELST is currently completed to safe 12 ft paved trail standards with soft shoulders for a range of uses (total trail width of 18 ft). Another mile of paved trail within Sammamish is soon to open. The remaining, incomplete three and a half mile “interim” soft-surface trail provide a window into what an asset the completed trail will be – with excellent views of the lake and Cascade foothills.
The trail is popular with wheelchair users, people jogging, walking, strolling, dog-walking, biking, and more..
The ELST is being built by King County; the city of Sammamish is responsible for issuing permits for the trail.
We are asking that the city and county work together to complete the trail, and end the 20 year battle for the East Lake Sammamish Trail. Community voices like yours matter. Please join us!
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