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King Country Region
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Bridle Trails State Park
Bridle Trails State Park
BRIDLE TRAILS STATE PARK
BRIDLE TRAILS STATE PARK
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. 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.

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.
Nature of the 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.
History of the Area
The park has been under state ownership since the 1880s. By the 1930s, the area was popular as a place for horseback riding, and a trail system had been developed by community riding enthusiasts. 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.
Events
July 18 - July 19
Forest Nature Walks
July 18 and September 12th - Learn about the natural history, plants, and animals of this exceptional forested natural area, how biological diversity in forests develops over time, and how we are dealing with the threat of invasive plants to urban forests. We will look for a few rare plants. Meet in the main parking lot. Please sign up in advance by phone or email: 425-827-6595 or programs@bridletrails.org.

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

July 25
Horses and Hops
Lake Washington Saddle Club and Bridle Trails Park Foundation are CELEBRATING OUR EQUINE COMMUNITY with a unique PRIZE RIDE through gorgeous Bridle Trails State Park. We'll gather at the show grounds arena for instructions and set out on a prize bound adventure promptly at 3:00 PM. We'll stagger our starts to limit horse congestion and maximize human enjoyment. Upon completion of the ride, we'll celebrate with local "hops" (from Thirsty Hop) and root beer for the humans, as well as water and carrots for the horses.

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

July 30
Cascade Horse Show Hunter/Jumper
A 3 day USEF Regional 1 rated hunter/jumper horse show plus 1 day of set up while horses arrive and move into the stalls and schooling in the arenas for horses coming to the show from 12-5 on 7/30. Discover Pass Required

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

July 31
Cascade Horse Show Hunter/Jumper
A 3 day USEF Regional 1 rated hunter/jumper horse show plus 1 day of set up while horses arrive and move into the stalls and schooling in the arenas for horses coming to the show from 12-5 on 7/30. Discover Pass Required

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Boats and RVs
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WABoat Rentals
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
58.6 miles from park*


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

? 28 mi. Hiking Trails

? 28 mi. Horse Trails

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.
Things To Do in the Area
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival - Rollingbay, WAArts/Cultural/Drama
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival is a family-focused music event organized by volunteers. The festival brings diverse music to the community, raising funds for local charities, this year PAWs of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
18.8 miles from park*
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WAFamily Outting
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
58.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 26 Wonderful for barefoot hiking by James
While a few of the trails are gravelled, many are not and a barefoot hike through the forest is delightful. It is often quite muddy, so there is a faucet by the entrance for cleaning up muddy feet.
November 12 great for a before or after work run
the trails get a bit muddy in rain season and bring your old running shoes because of the horse manure. But this gem is so close to my office in Redmond, I run here about 8 months a year, when the days are long enough to run before 730 and after 530.
October 25 serenity in the city by reiner
beautiful manintained trails through mature forest. A natural cathedral with wildlife, mushrooms, and nice people, mostly on horseback


Area Campgrounds
Trailer Inns R.V. Park/Bellevue
15531 South East 37th
Bellevue, WA
800-659-4684
Lake Pleasant RV Park
24025 Bothell-Way SE
Bothell, WA
Blue Sky R.V. Park
9002 302nd Avenue SE
Preston, WA
425-222-7910
Weather Forecast, (98033)

Directions
Located on the outskirts of Bellevue, Wash., 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 .

USA Parks
USA Parks
Washington
Washington
King Country Region
King Country Region
Bridle Trails State Park
Bridle Trails State Park