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Interurban Trail - The Paved Path to Explore Urban Basecamp

The Interurban Trail is a paved 24-mile trail that runs from 41st Street in central Everett to Fremont Avenue in northwest Seattle. It connects several cities: Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, and Seattle.

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Pick a starting and ending point, and whether you want to walk, run, bike, or dust off those roller skates, all the combos and variables are there for you to choose your own adventure.

Anytime of year is a good time to enjoy the Interurban Trail. The autumn can be a particularly lovely time to take a fall walk, as the trail passes through greenbelts that make for crunchy leaves and warm earthy colors. Bring a cozy sweater and that perfect playlist. If you’re in Everett, treat yourself to a gourmet cup of coffee, just a little off the beaten path on 128th at Cracken Coffee Roasters.

The Interurban Trail passes right through the Alderwood Mall area, too. Maybe you want to take a break from the possible drizzle and tack on a mall walk, or pick from all the different offerings at the food court.

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Biking on the Interurban as a mode of transportation can make a lot of sense for some people; no looking for parking, no paying for parking, no worrying about bus transfers or cab fares. There is more freedom to come and go when you please, get some fresh air and exercise, and save money doing it.

If you are traveling the entire trail, keep in mind that it is not a contiguous trail. Generally, it follows the old Interurban Trolley route that ran from 1910 to 1939. Expect to find roughly a dozen gaps where the trail meanders onto sidewalks, shoulders, and quiet residential streets. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of the Interurban logo to avoid getting lost. The trail is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. until dusk, which makes spotting signage easier.

Outdoor recreation in an urban environment is ideal for hobbies, family fun, exercise, or commuting. However you choose to utilize The Interurban Trail, it’s there for your next adventure in the urban basecamp of Seattle NorthCountry.

Christa Porter

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