College Woods & Radio Walk

by Connie DeLaVergne on August 11, 2010

2.84 Miles
1 Hour
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8044 steps

Featured Businesses: Bellevue College · KBCS 91.3 fm · Hotel Sierra

Everybody knows that walking is good for your body. What’s not as obvious is how easy it is to know a place when you take the time to walk in it. That’s what I enjoy most about walking because as the band Poi Dog Pondering says, you get to know things better when they go by slow. If you play the video below you can hear, Frank, the band’s leader sing it backstage to a young fan.

And it’s true. I know my neighborhood well and I should, really, because I’ve been walking it for six years. That’s one of the reasons walking is so enjoyable to me.

I’m not just saying that.

Walking in my neighborhood helps to feed my sense of pride and ownership.
I know what my neighborhood looks like, what it’s supposed to look like if
something changes, and even sometimes, what it should look like.

I know it well.

Bellevue College sign

South west entrance to Bellevue College

Take Bellevue College, for example, I feel like I own the place. I adore that school. No one cheered louder than I did when their status was bumped up in 2009 from a community college to one with 4-year degrees. And it’s not just because I’ve lived near Bellevue College for 15 years, nor is it because I was a recent student there. I feel this deep and biding love for the place because I walk on or near the campus every single week. Honestly, my positive feelings for Bellevue College are probably due to a combination of things but it feels like home base to me and that’s due largely to walking.

Bellevue College Campus

Bellevue College Campus

You won’t be surprised then when I tell you that Bellevue College makes for an interesting walk and I consider it a Bellevue Gem. That’s why I put it in this route, one I will lead for Feet First as a Neighborhood Walking Ambassador on Sunday August 29, at 10:00 AM.

KBCS 91.3 fm

KBCS 91.3 fm community radio

In addition to Bellevue College, I want to call your attention to the KBCS 91.3 fm community radio station that’s on campus and the beautiful Hotel Sierra. I’ve decided to feature as many of my favorite businesses as I can on these walks because I think they are notable and should be supported. I want to see these businesses succeed and if I can help in any way, I’m happy to do it.

We are neighbors, after all.

As you might have gathered from the title, I’ve dubbed this the College Woods & Radio Walk and with the exception of one hill at the beginning, this is a flat, easy walk that meanders through the Bellevue College campus, past KBCS and through the Robinswood Park Trails. It begins at The Eastgate Park & Ride and I’ve included a map of it below:

Shall we begin?

Let’s meet in the uncovered westside section of the Eastgate Park & Ride at 14200 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue, Washington on Sunday 29 August at 10:00 AM.

Head East up the hill toward Bellevue College (BC). As I said earlier, this is the one and only hill on this walk because it really is an easy walk. Cross 142 PL SE and enter the BC campus heading east. At the cross walk turn Left and head North into the campus proper.

New Bellevue College building

A new building on campus

We will meander through campus and toward Landerholm Circle, onto a gravel path and then onto Coal Creek Road where we will find KBCS 91.3 fm holed up in an old house. KBCS occupies two old houses actually, both of which are part of the Bellevue College campus and according to their website . . .

KBCS is the only community radio station in the Seattle area and aspires to be the radio station of choice for adventurous listeners who are passionate about music, curious about our world, and who value social justice.

To accomplish our mission, we produce and broadcast quality programming that supports more inclusive interdependent communities. KBCS is a non-commercial, listener-supported source for local, national, and international music and information that draws from and reflects the diversity of our region. Operated as a public service by Bellevue College, KBCS trains and provides opportunities for community members to participate in all aspects of radio.

One more reason to love Bellevue College, I guess, so let me spell it out clearly . . .

Support KBCS 91.3 fm OUR non-commercial, neighborhood radio station!!! Support it any way you can ~ with donations, listening, spreading the word.
It’s all good.

Continue North past KBCS and then go Right on SE 26th ST and Right again on 145 PL SE. Pick up the paved path and follow the Bellevue Parks bollard toward BCC. At the next bollard go Left toward SE 28 ST Trail. Cross Landerholm Circle and then the busy 148 Ave SE carefully at the pedestrian crosswalk.

Walk On Walkers

Walk On! Walkers

Once you are safely across 148 Ave SE pick up the paved path into Robinswood Park heading north. Take the first Right into the woods. At the Y go Right and then straight at the 4-way intersection.

Robinswood Park Trail

Robinswood Park Trail

As you can see, we are in the wooded heart of Robinswood Park. At the next
4-Way go Right toward the SE 28th St Trail. At the following 4-Way go Left toward the Robinswood Tennis Center. At the T go Left. At the 4-Way follow the bollard straight toward the Tennis Center, heading downward and around and then upward. At the T go Right, heading North and the Tennis Center will be on your right.

After you pass the Tennis Center pick up the bark trail into the north section of woods and follow the trail North. At the Y go Left past the baseball field, heading West.

Robinswood Park Soccer Field

Robinswood Park Soccer Field

Continue West (dugout and bathrooms will be on your left) toward the soccer field, parallel to SE 22 ST. At 148 Ave SE turn Right heading North to cross SE 22 ST. Take the ramp up and then Left over the pedestrian overpass. Go Left at the end of the overpass and down the steps heading South and then a quick Right into a neighborhood on SE 21 ST.

Immaculate yard of neighborhood home

An Immaculate yard worthy of praise!

I like to call attention to notable attractions and the house above is one that freaks me out. In a good way, I mean, because the yard is ALWAYS immaculate! I’ve never seen a stray leaf in the place and I must have walked by it 3 or 4 times before I finally touched the grass and discovered the lawn was plastic! There’s more time to pull weeds if you don’t have a lawn to mow.

Looks good though, don’t you think?

At 146 PL SE turn Left and then Right on SE 22 ST. Go Left on 145 PL SE and then Right on SE 24 ST following the sidewalk into the BC campus parking lot.

Bellevue College Courter Field

Courter Field on Bellevue College Campus

Follow the sidewalk around and then head South past the Courter Field baseball diamond which will be on your right. Turn Right into Student Parking Lot 17 and then a quick Left to pick up a paved path between two yellow posts and into the BC campus. Here we will navigate in a southerly direction to get across campus, and then westward to cross 142 PL SE and down the hill to the Eastgate Park and Ride where we started.

backside of Hotel Sierra

Hotel Sierra's lovely backside

If you look west from the park and ride you will see the backside of Hotel Sierra, a lovely boutique hotel where we like to house our relatives when they come to town, well . . . my husband’s relatives anyway. It’s a fairly new hotel in Bellevue and the
in-laws always rave about it.

Hotel Sierra sign

Hotel Sierra

That’s my walk. I hope you enjoyed it ~ another piece of my neighborhood.
Thanks for joining me.

Walk on my friends.

Walk on!

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Alison August 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

This walk would be excellent for new BC students, as it would show them just how close the bus station is to campus, the outdoor activity opportunities across the street from campus, a nearby hotel for their parents to stay, and introduce them to special BC offerings such as their radio station! Nice route – I hope to join you!


Connie August 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

Why yes it would Alison. What an excellent thought. Hopefully a few students will take advantage of it. See you there, I hope.


Teresa September 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

That Robinswood Park Trail
looks awesome! Thanks.


Connie DeLaVergne September 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

Hi Teresa!

It’s good to see you again and thanks for visiting.

Yes, Robinswood is awesome. It’s one of my favorite Bellevue parks because it has something for everybody. The trails are my favorite part but the soccer fields are always busy and the baseball diamond looks very well maintained. Plus it’s conveniently located on a busy thoroughfare. What more can I say, it’s just a gem.

How are you doing?
I’m going to your blog right now and find out!



Michelle October 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thanks for this! I was looking for a nice place for senior photos for my son and I stumbled onto this blog. It’s awesome that you even know Poi Dog Pondering. I grew up with Frank and I love his music. So cool.


Connie DeLaVergne October 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

You are most welcome, Michelle. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. It’s nice to know my walks or photos are enjoyed, and my blog read:-)

You’re so lucky to have grown up with Frank. I LOVE POI DOG PONDERING! Wish they’d perform in the Seattle area again. I don’t even know if they’re still playing but their music is a gift to the world, and I never grow tired of their messages or the beat, gives me happy feet! <3 <3



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