"East Montlake Park: a trail through wetlands" Top 5 Page for this destination National/Local - Parks/Gardens Tip by glabah
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Officially speaking, the park is part of the University of Washington, but it is also operated as a city park. The park features a trail that runs along Union Bay between the Museum of History and Industry building and the Washington Park Arboretum. Not only does this trail serve as a convenient walking connection between the two locations, but also provides a wonderful pathway through the largest wetlands area that exists today in the Seattle area.
Due to the wetlands, it is a popular place for bird watching. It is also a popular place for kayakers and canoers to put their craft into the water and explore. On my visit on August 24, 2009 I saw perhaps 12 different canoes and kayaks exploring the area - and that was on a weekday.
The park lands surrounding the trail is made up of several islands. These islands are connected by bridges that allow very small craft to pass underneath. Watch your head! These bridges are *very* low, but people do pass under them. See photo 5 to see one of the bridges in the walkway.
A number of short branches off of the main trail lead to various observation platforms, and there is a fairly long floating section of the walkway that allows for some great views. As seen in photo 4, one of the viewing platforms is elevated above the rest of the surrounding plants and land.
Benches and a few picnic tables allow the visitor to sit and relax and watch traffic on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, or recreational craft of various types, or the birds that visit the area.
Official Address: 2802 E Park Dr. E Seattle Washington
Getting Here: Follow signs to Museum of History and Industry. By bus, the nearest bus routes are 25, 43, and 48. If you walk the entire way through the park and continue on into the Washington Park Arboretum, buses 11 and 84 serve the far south end of the arboretum, and this allows a visit with only some busy street crossing involved. If you come from the Washington Park Arboretum end, watch for a wide gravel trail that goes north from the visitor's center. Following this trail eventually leads to this section of the park.
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