This trail uses the old North Pacific Railroad grade as a quiet place for Kirkland residents to stretch their legs. It is part of what will eventually become a 42-mile route connecting Renton and Snohomish County, dubbed Eastrail. The wide corridor trail is flat across its length, packed gravel making for easy walking or wheel-use (like a stroller or wheelchair).
The section through Totem Lake is urban - through light industrial, under the 405 freeway, behind car dealerships, past the Totem Lake swamp and surrounding area. But south of Totem Lake the trail sneaks back into the woods all the way until nearly downtown Kirkland proper. If you continue south under 85th you can walk right past the fancy new Google offices.