Cheshiahud Trail: the Missing Link

The Cheshiahud Trail wraps smoothly around Lake Union except for one missing link: the section between Edgar and Hamlin on Fairview Ave. E.  To make the connection, a pedestrian or cyclist must trudge up Edgar to Eastlake and down Hamlin (or vice-versa), both steep east-west streets that run down to the water from a busy arterial.

Some of the block between Hamlin and Edgar is public right of way. The street right-of-way actually extends from Hamlin to within about 50 feet of Edgar Street End Park, an undeveloped park overrun with bamboo and blackberry. The shoreline of property at 10 E. Edgar is half on the city right-of-way. A permit for the dock (mostly on city right-of-way) is renewed every September, but the city does not review the permit for possible violations. At present, large concrete blocks are stored on city property behind a gate and fence that also intrude on city property. There is no permit for this storage; the city issued a stop-work order last year when the blocks were delivered, possibly for building a new bulkhead, but they have not been removed.

If the blocks, fence and gate were moved, the city could require an easement to connect the city right-of-way with Edgar Street End and build a stairway for pedestrians and cyclists. The city has already approved a construction permit to build the stairway but has not funded it. If this connection were made, it would complete the Cheshiahud loop and reduce the incentive for cyclists to stay on Eastlake and add their names to the list of cyclist fatalities in Seattle.


4 thoughts on “Cheshiahud Trail: the Missing Link

  1. Michael Snyder

    It is a loop, not a trail. A trail requires meeting certain standards.

    On multiple occasions, SDOT has said that they do not want the Cheshiahud Loop to be a bicycle commuter route.

    We need to make Eastlake safer.

  2. Kathi Woods

    Suggestion:
    There are many of us who don’t know how to pronounce the name
    of the new walking Loop. When we talk about it, we just say,
    “You know, that trail with the Indian name.”

    I know Eastlake neighbors who have been more active in its
    creation may think this not necessary, but for awhile when
    the newsletter or blogs write articles about it –maybe you
    could put the phonetic pronounciation in parentheses after
    the name the first time its used in the article?

    Thanks –this has really been bugging me. Since I’ve never
    used a blog before and don’t know if the info gets “pushed”
    to anyone, I’ll probably bring this up to other “doers and shakers”
    when I see them.

    –kathi

  3. wrmcpherson

    Nevertheless, many cyclists do use parts of it. I agree that we need to make Eastlake safer, but until it is, Fairview can be a safe alternative, whatever we call it. It is a bike route in its own right. The disincentive to using Fairview is the break between Roanoke and Hamlin. Edgar Street End is not ideal, but it is better than the current up-and-down detour.

    I don’t think you would suggest that SDOT does not want cyclists to use Burke-Gilman between Fremont and University bridges because it is part of the Cheshiahud Loop. Many cyclists depend on Burke-Gilman for safe commuting. Why not Fairview East?

  4. J. Finrow

    The loop actually does connect to Hamlin via Yale Terrace which looks like an alley between Edgar and Hamlin. At least that is what the loop signage says on Edgar. Admitedly this is not a very nice bike route as the alley (Yale Terrace) has a deep drop and a steep climb between the two streets. My front door is on Yale Street and while walking two days ago I noticed a couple of bikers who were following the signage took the Yale Terrace alternative to Hamlin rather than venture to Eastlake. Concerning the connection along the lake, that would be a great idea. I am not a biker, but an avid walker and that would greatly enhance my morning walk on those days when I walk north.

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