A trail from Lake Washington to the Puget Sound
The Lake to Sound trail stems from a partnership between King County and five cities: Renton, Tukwila, Burien and Des Moines that goes back to 2008. Late that year and in early 2009, representatives from each city, the county, Cascade Bicycle Club, WSDOT, and the Port of Seattle gathered to review and approve the alignment for this 16-mile trail. Since then, King County, along with its partner cities, has been working to plan, design, and construct this visionary trail, one segment at a time. Funding for the preliminary design of the entire corridor and construction of the North Segment was proposed as part of the 2014-2019 King County Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy.
Why is King County developing the Lake to Sound Trail?
The Lake to Sound Trail is part of a larger vision of mobility and access to all residents of King County. Not only does our Regional Trails System provide a connection between locations, it also connects people to healthy living, recreational opportunities, mental health, stress reduction and much, much more.
South King County is an area that is historically under served. In line with the King County Strategic Plan, trails in south King County are being prioritized to give those neighbors more access to recreational opportunities.
A trail for the community
At the end of the design, planning, outreach, and environmental multi-use process, King County will began finalizing the plans on the type of use, location, alignment, and width of the trail that best fits into the trail location within each segment.
Design and construction of each portion will continue to adhere to the agreements made during the early planning phase to provide a safe, multi-use regional trail for bicyclists, pedestrians, joggers, skaters, strollers, wheelchairs, and users of all ages and abilities.