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UW Bothell-Cascadia Community College Wetlands

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.7605, -122.1890 Map & Directions
1.0 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
32 feet
Highest Point
36 feet
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Boardwalk in wetland. Photo by wafflesnfalafel. Full-size image
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This short connector trail runs through the UW Bothell-Cascadia Community College campus, with views of a large reclaimed wetland area. Continue reading

  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

1.00 out of 5

Hiking UW Bothell-Cascadia Community College Wetlands

For over 100 years, the land encompassing the UW Bothell wetlands had been flat developed farmland with the North Creek relegated to a nearly straight irrigation ditch. That changed in 1997, when the campus was developed and one of Washington State's largest wetland reclamation projects started. Now, 53 acres have been transformed back into self-regulating wetlands.

The UW Bothell-Cascadia Community College wetlands trail is a short connector trail running through the campus next to this large new wetlands area. The trail consists of a largely flat, wide paved urban trail running roughly north/south through the area and a single elevated boardwalk spur running east farther into the wetlands. The southern end connects with the Sammamish River Trail at the confluence of the river and North Creek. The northern end conveniently connects to the North Creek trail after a short sidewalk walk on the overpass over I-405.

Included along the trail are several interpretive/educational signs regarding the bird life in the area, how beavers interact with the environment, history of the area, etc. If you have additional time there are two homes of original European settlers of the area on campus, the Truly house and the Chase house. The wetlands are also supported by the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, a research and teaching space with a small demonstration garden near the north end of the trail.

Near the boardwalk spur, there is a touching veterans memorial for those local graduates who did not return from their service. Lastly, the Bothell Pioneer Cemetery is easily accessible just a couple blocks west of the trail right outside of campus and is the final resting place of many early settlers.  

Toilet Information

  • No toilet at trailhead

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Wheelchair Accessibility

The trail consists of wide, nearly flat paved trail surface with the exception on one spur of elevated board walk which is also flat and wide.

Hike Description Written by
Erik Morgenstern, WTA Correspondent

UW Bothell-Cascadia Community College Wetlands

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.7605, -122.1890 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-405 just north of Highway 522, take the Beardslee Blvd/NE 195th St exit and head west on Beardslee Blvd. In approximately 0.25 miles, turn left into the UW Bothell/Cascadia Community College campus. There are multiple lots on campus. Note: All lots are paid at all times and are regularly enforced. The trail runs along the entire eastern edge of campus.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

UW Bothell Cascadia Community College Wetlands (#1)

University of Washington

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UW Bothell-Cascadia Community College Wetlands

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