Bellevue borders the eastern shore of Lake Washington and is the location of many corporate offices and hotels. Accessed from much of Bellevue is the terrific Lake to Lake Trail, which runs between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. The 10-mile trail connects 9 parks, meandering through boggy wetlands, towering forests, historic farms, and over 800 acres of parkland. Your best bet is to choose a section of the trail closest to your where you’re staying or working.
Other Recommended running Spots in Bellevue, all off the Lake to Lake Trail, from west to east:
Downtown to Medina. 5.5 miles. This is the go-to run if staying downtown. Start with a quick loop of Bellevue Downtown Park, then take Main St. west to Lake Washington Blvd. This street borders the lake and features occasional lake views and some spectacular homes. Dip down to Meydenbauer Bay Park and Clyde Beach Park (restrooms) to capture some views. At the 1.7 mile mark, bear left on Overlake Dr., a quiet street that heads into the tony town of Medina. Run for 1.5 miles to Evergreen Point Rd., and dip down to Medina Beach Park (water fountains, restrooms). Right on Evergreen, then right on NE 10th. Run through Medina Park, then take Lake Washington Blvd. to 1st St. for the return to downtown. ROUTE MAP
Bellevue Botanical Garden/Willburton Hill Park/Kelsey Creek Park. Combination of open & wooded, with 2-3 miles of trails between these three areas. Running track at the International School. Can access from downtown, using Main St. to cross I-405. (1.5 miles)
Mercer Slough. Just west of I-405 and north of I-90, and near several corporate offices and hotels. Also on the Lake to Lake Trail.
Lake Hills Greenbelt. 150-acre city park. Good to combine with Weowna Park (below), just to the east.
Weowna Park. Old growth forest area offering lake views & a 2.5 mile trail along a creek with waterfalls & pools.