Along with the convenience offered by the highly anticipated East Link Light Rail system, residents on the Eastside will soon have a new walking and cycling trail to link up multiple cities and transit stations — aptly named the Eastrail. The trail will offer cyclists and pedestrians skyline views of Bellevue, thanks to the inclusion of the historic Wilburton Trestle in a segment of the trail.
The 1,000-foot trestle segment is 100 feet tall and over a century old, having been built in 1904 by Northern Pacific Railway and owned by King County since 2013. In addition to the scenic views, the segment of the Eastrail containing the trestle will also connect to other regional trails, adding to its 42-mile length.
Eastrail will connect various Eastside communities, serving as a North-South spine within the Leafline trail system that connects King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. Eastrail itself will span from Renton to Snohomish and will connect with four light rail stations.
The trestle and the nearby Wilburton Trail segment are set to open in 2024. King County Parks has partnered with the Washington State Department of Transportation and plans to open another 2.5-mile segment of the trail this fall. This segment will connect Renton and Bellevue, and will feature three waterfront parks along Lake Washington.