Bridle Trails State Park

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Bridle Trails State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

Bridle Trails State Park, a 482-acre day-use park, is well-known for its horse trails and equestrian shows. The forested park is on the northeast edge of the Seattle metropolitan area. The park is a lowland forest, typical of the vegetation which once covered Puget Sound. The woods abound in Douglas-fir and western hemlock, with some western red cedar, big-leaf maple, and alder mixed in. Sometimes called "the wilderness in the city," this park is a popular getaway destination for Seattle residents. The park is known for its riding trails and summer weekend horse shows. The park has been under state ownership since the 1880s. Concerned about protecting the land, citizens petitioned the state legislature to make Bridle Trails a state park. The petition was granted, and today local groups, especially those with equestrian interests, work hard to maintain and improve the facility. The park's two largest horse shows are "C" rated hunter-jumper shows, one the third weekend in May and the other the fourth weekend in June.

Map of Bridle Trails (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 47.655478, -122.185623

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Please contact the park for information on hiking trails.

  • Horseback Riding

    28 miles of horse trails are available. Horseback riding and horse shows are the two activities most common in the park. Horse trails double as hiking trails, though horses have the right of way. Joggers are asked to "speak up" when overtaking horses on trails. Horses must not be left unattended. The park does not provide a horse rental concession.

  • Picnicking

    The park provides 30 picnic tables, two stoves, four braziers, water and a restroom. Picnic sites are first-come, first-served.

Seasonality/Weather

Park hours/updates: Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year-round for day use only.

Directions

Driving

Located on the outskirts of Bellevue, Washington, a few miles northeast of Seattle, Wash. in King County. Northbound: Take exit #17 off of I-405. At end of off-ramp, turn right and head south on 116th Ave. NE. At four-way stop, continue straight ahead. The park entrance is located at the first opening in the trees on the left. Southbound: Take exit #17 off of I-405. At end of off-ramp, turn right and cross over freeway. At the first light, turn right again. Head south on 116th Ave. NE. At the four-way stop, continue straight ahead. The park entrance is located at the first opening in the trees on your left .

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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