The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) interim trail is a ten-foot-wide, 5.75-mile crushed gravel trail that runs from the South Kirkland Park & Ride, at the City's southern boundary, north through the Totem Lake Business District. It’s part of the 42-mile Eastside Rail Corridor, which runs from Renton to Snohomish. The Kirkland trail opened in early 2015 and is popular with walkers, joggers, and bike riders. It connects users to schools, parks, eight of the city's 13 neighborhoods, two of its major transportation hubs, and three business districts. The CKC embodies Kirkland’s vision of being a walkable, livable, connected, and sustainable community.
The current trail is “interim” because the CKC master plan calls for future improvements such as paving and other amenities that will be installed as funding becomes available. The master plan also includes the possibility of future high-capacity transit and existing and future regional utilities on the corridor (Sound Transit, Puget Sound Energy, and King County Wastewater own easements).
The opportunity to purchase Kirkland’s segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor emerged after the Port of Seattle purchased the Eastside Rail Corridor from Burlington Northern in late 2009. By April 2012, the Kirkland City Council purchased Kirkland’s 5.75 mile, $5 million segment from the Port of Seattle using the following resources:
- Repurposed Capital Improvement Program Park Projects—$1,500,000.
- Repurposed Capital Improvement Program Transportation Projects—$1,000,000.
- Real Estate Excise Tax Reserves—$1,000,000.
- Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program—$500,000.
- Surface Water Utility—$1,000,000.
- King County Park levy—$211,000.
In 2012, Kirkland citizens approved a Parks Levy that funded a portion of the interim trail construction, the community Master Plan, and $100,000 per year toward ongoing maintenance of the Corridor. Funding for the construction of the interim trail came from $2.4 million dollars of Federal and State grants and $700 thousand dollars from Real Estate Excise Tax, the Park Levy, and a credit from the rail salvage.
Access, Amenities, and Maps
Looking for places to access the interim trail and find parking? Check out the CKC Trail Map (PDF). Printed maps are available at City Hall, libraries, community centers, hotels, and the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.
At-grade street crossings are ADA accessible and protected with rapid flashing beacons at the crosswalks. ADA parking stalls will soon be available at these locations:
- 6711 106th Ave NE (next to the trail in Houghton)- available now!
- 7th Ave S and 5th Pl S (west side of Google campus-available now!
- Kirkland Ave and Railroad Avenue-coming in 2016
- 110th Ave NE (behind Peter Kirk Elementary)-coming in 2016
- 128th Lane NE in Totem Lake-coming in 2016
The map will help you find restrooms in nearby parks. There is a water fountain in Feriton Spur Park near the Google campus at 7th Ave South.
Trail Use Rules, Safety, and Etiquette
- Pets must be on a leash and owners must pick up after their pets
- Respect private property by staying on the trail
- Pass other trail users on the left and give a verbal warning before you do
- Speed limit is 15 miles per hour
- Motorized vehicles and horses are not allowed
- Use the trail during daylight hours only
- When entering or crossing the trail, yield to traffic on the trail
- Respect the special needs of disabled trail users
- Be cautious at intersections and use the flashing beacons
- When exiting the trail, look back to see what may be coming up behind you
- Stay to the right on the trail, and move in a predictable manner
- Cell phones and headphones can make it difficult to hear what’s going on around you; use them cautiously
- Do not block the path; yield to other users while you are stopped
- Leave no trace; garbage cans and mutt mitts are located at all crossings
- Wear a helmet
- Yield to pedestrians and give audible warning (vocal or bell) when passing other trail users
- Ride at a safe speed (maximum speed 15 miles per hour)
- Slow down and form a single file where there is congestion, reduced visibility, and other hazardous conditions
- Wear lights and reflective devices for your safety in low light hours
- Listen for audible signals and allow faster trail users (runners and bicyclists) to pass safely
- Keep pets on a short leash and on the right side of the trail
Kirkland’s Public Works Department maintains the Corridor. Maintenance tasks include litter removal, refilling mutt mitt dispensers, graffiti patrol, invasive plant removal, trimming vegetation, and repairing trail and fence damage. Waste Management maintains the garbage receptacles. For more information, contact PWServiceRequest@kirklandwa.gov
Please report any trail damage or issues to PWServiceRequest@kirklandwa.gov
Volunteers Keep the Corridor Clean
In addition to regular maintenance of the CKC by the City, volunteers have adopted quarter-mile segments and pledged to remove litter and keep vegetation trimmed. All 23 segments have been adopted. Adopters include Kirkland neighborhood associations, businesses, individuals, and community service groups. Check out the Adopt-a-Trail Map
(PDF-802 kb) and read the Adoption FAQ
For more information about trail adoption and maintenance, please contact Kirkland Public Works Street Maintenance Division at 425-587-3900 or email@example.com
See you on the CKC!