Skyridge Rollercoaster (short and steep)

by Connie DeLaVergne on May 20, 2010

1.5 miles
30 minutes
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 (difficult)
short walk steep hills
3308 steps
106 kcals
Skyridge Park

This walk begins at a small neighborhood park in Bellevue called Skyridge Park. Many of my standard walks begin at this location because it is convenient to my home and provides access to the Pipeline Trail. This particular section of the trail has a lot of steep hills and it makes me sweat. It’s a great starting point for some long beautiful walks that I enjoy and if I’m short on time, it provides a quick workout that gets the job done.

I named this walk the Skyridge Rollercoaster because there’s one hill after another and it provides a good cardiovascular workout in a short period of time.

There’s not a parking lot at Skyridge so leave you car nearby and walk west on SE 20 ST. Turn right on 130 PL SE, a new “private road” and part of the five acres of land that was recently clear-cut to make teeny tiny lots that may one day be developed. It’s sad knowing acres of beautiful trees came down before the economy crashed and now the cramped little lots sit ignored, home only to the weeds . . . but I digress.

Overlooking this blight on the landscape, follow the sidewalk north around the gated street and pick up the gravel trail straight ahead. Walk north.

short walk steep hills

And really, that is all the direction you need.  Follow the gravel trail up and down and up and down and up and down again and again. At one point you will enter a small patch of woods that has a well maintained trail and a few flights of stairs. It ends at Lake Hills Connector, which is where you will turn around and head back.

and more hills

If you want a good, short workout do this walk as fast as you can. I walk it at a fairly fast clip but I’ve seen other people run it. I’ve seen coyotes and deer on this trail and it gets a lot of sun so it’s nice on a warm afternoon. If you like blackberries you can find them here in the summertime. Hope you enjoy it. Your body will thank you.

Walk on my friends.

WALK ON!

If you’re in the mood for something longer there are great add-ons for this walk. My Skyridge Rollercoaster + Kelsey Creek Woods walk is a good example.

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Paul Rayner July 18, 2010 at 11:25 am

Connie, you aren’t kidding about the Rollercoaster… Perhaps the steepest drops and climbs I’ve experienced so far in Bellevue. Put them all together and they probably rival the climb up from Lake Sammamish through Weowna Park. Thanks for posting.

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Connie DeLaVergne July 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Hey Paul,
Yup . . . them rollercoasters will get ya every time. That’s why I put it at the beginning of my walks, though I have done walks that begin and end with the Skyridge Rollercoaster, usually when I have some caloric atoning to do.

That climb up Weowna’s a good one too, it always finds me huffing. I might have to do both this week since we just got back from a two day food fest and “camping” trip with friends. I have A LOT of atoning to do. (I was not a good vegan this weekend.)

Thanks for trying the Skyridge Rollercoaster, and for saying so. I LOVE comments!!

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