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Luther Burbank Park

Puget Sound and Islands


Puget Sound and Islands
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3.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 120 ft.
Highest Point: 120 ft.


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Luther Burbank Park is a waterfront park at the North end of Mercer Island, offering three miles of family- and pet-friendly trails with waterfront access, wetlands, and recreational activities. The park covers 77 acres, also including a children's play area, restrooms, an off-leash dog area, tennis courts, fishing piers, beaches, earthwork sculpture, and picnic areas.

The park grounds were originally home to the Calkins Hotel in the late nineteenth century. The area next became the site of a private school teaching farm work and study. It has also housed the administrative offices of the King County Park System. The City of Mercer Island purchased the site in 2003.

The park has a mix of paved and unpaved trails, mostly in the north-south direction. From the south parking lot, head north along the trail, past The Source, a spiral earthwork sculpture by John Hoge. The pathways will take you past playgrounds and dog play areas to Calkins Point, at the north end of the Island. Near Calkins Point, to the west, are wetlands.

Returning south, follow the trail that takes you to the shore (near the off-leash dog area) along an unpaved path, with views of Beaux Arts. Continue past the fishing piers, through forest, to the beach area. Along the way, enjoy the sights of mixed evergreen and broadleaf forest, and the many Himalayan blackberry bushes--a creation of the amateur botanist Luther Burbank. There will be almost no thigh-burning here--the total elevation change from shore to maximum altitude is 120 feet--but there will be many opportunities for lakeside views and (somewhat) quiet reflection.


Luther Burbank Park

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.5890, -122.2270 Open map in new window


Puget Sound and Islands

City of Mercer Island

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Getting There

From I-90 heading east, take the 77th Ave SE exit 7A immediately after the 2nd tunnel, and turn left on 77th Ave SE. Turn right at the stop sign onto N Mercer Way, go through the light at 80th Ave SE. Turn left onto 81st Ave SE. Turn right on SE 24th St. and drive to the end. The park entrance is on your left.

From I-90 heading west, take the Island Crest Way exit 7. At top of the ramp, turn right onto SE 26th St. At the stop sign turn left onto 84th Ave SE and drive straight into the park after another stop sign at SE 24th St.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro route number 204 and Sound Transit route numbers 505 and 554.

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