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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- ELST Permitting & Stop Sign Updates - Lots of permitting and stop sign issues to catchup with. First of all, King County has decided to appeal the denial of the Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (SSDP) for the last 3.5 miles of the East Lake Sammamish Trail to the Shoreline Hearings Board. And apparently the homeowners’ group, Sammamish Homeowners (SHO) will be appealing … Continue reading "ELST Permitting & Stop Sign Updates"
- Section 2B Permit Denied Without Prejudice - The decision was received on January 5, 2017 and although this sounds rather negative, the Hearing Examiner actually agreed with the County on many issues. We’ve tried to pick out the major points in the 52 page document which you can find on the City’s web page here: https://www.sammamish.us/media/2256/ssdp2016-00415-elst-seg-2b-decision-unsigned.pdf He start off by saying, “Based … Continue reading "Section 2B Permit Denied Without Prejudice"
- Trail Update: Trail Hearing and Beyond, South Segment Opening - Thanks to all who sent comments or made public comments at the ELST hearing in November. The hearing examiner felt he would be able to reach a decision by January 9th so hopefully we will be hearing soon. This writer believes regardless of the decision, someone will appeal it and this would mean waiting a … Continue reading "Trail Update: Trail Hearing and Beyond, South Segment Opening"
- Hearing in recess until Nov. 20th at 9:00 AM - We have finished day 3 of the hearing for the Shoreline Substantial Development permit for the last 3.5 miles of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. We finished as much as we could today and are in recess until Nov. 20th at 9:00 AM when the remaining witnesses will testify. That should be the last day … Continue reading "Hearing in recess until Nov. 20th at 9:00 AM"
- Update! Monday Oct. 30th to Thursday Nov. 2nd Hearing Cancelled & Rescheduled - We spoke with the City of Sammamish this morning and they confirmed that the Hearing Examiner has cancelled the Monday-Thurs. hearing on the Inglewood Parking lot for the ELST as he is ill. Per the city web page it has been continued to January 24th with public testimony at 1:00 PM (Also January 25 and … Continue reading "Update! Monday Oct. 30th to Thursday Nov. 2nd Hearing Cancelled & Rescheduled"