Marijuana is now just as associated with Washington State as Walla Walla apples; to get a taste of Eastside living, stop by Mary Jane on Northeast 126th Place in Kirkland for some high quality Washington weed. Kirkland encaptures the Pacific Northwest lifestyle in a scenic, comfortable and safe locale. Start a day of leisure off right with a balanced hybrid or refreshing THC infused beverage, and then hit one of the five best trails in Kirkland to get outdoorsy like a true Washingtonian.
Located on the waterfront in Kirkland, Marina Park is an extremely popular place for locals and tourists alike. This park features a marina that is home to various sea vessels. It also offers paved paths, an expansive gazebo and a set of wide cement stairs leading to the shore. Live music and other events are often held within the gazebo, which is surrounded by shrubbery, perennials and benches overlooking Moss Bay. Several statues decorate the lawn and pavement. Restrooms are provided close to the dock. Many restaurants are within short distance of the park and its trail, including Cactus and Anthony’s, which makes it the perfect place to catch a Kirkland sunset before following your munchie instincts.
Heritage Park is not far from Marina – less than half a mile away! Heritage has a longer paved walking track preceded by an arch that stretches toward the sky, pillars adorned in climbing ivy vines. Dogs are okay here as long as they are kept on a leash. Scenic views are available from the lawn and toward the benches facing the skyline. This is a great spot to unwind and toss a frisbee, or take a walk with a furry friend. Nearby is Zoka Coffee Roasters and Tea Company where the Organic Tatoosh blend is a must-try, with notes of strawberry and dark cocoa. Try a cup for a pleasant energizing boost.
The Old Market Street Trail runs through Juanita Bay Park in Northwest Kirkland. Within a short distance of the park entrance is a plain of wetlands with a wooden walking bridge. Nelson Point is the farthest extension of this Eastside park into Juanita Bay. The shaded wooden paths offer solace and tranquility, while the lengthy paved path is ideal for jogging or biking. Dogs on leash are fine here as well!
O O Denny Park is a hidden gem located on Holmes Point. The park has many attractive features such as a beach, soaring evergreens and a panorama of the Chelsea neighborhood in North Seattle. Even within the summer months It remains a low traffic spot. Locals know that this is the place to go for a sunny afternoon picnic, and an excellent spot to sit and think in peace. Find “me” time in this suburban oasis.
Tucked into the far Northwest corner of coastal Kirkland, Bastyr University is a prominent school in Washington State built near an old Catholic seminary. Graduate academic programs include naturopathic medicine, Ayurvedic sciences and psychology. Student life starts just a block away at the LEED-Platinum Student Village. Most students in these buildings are highly familiar with the 10 miles of trail and mountain bike paths that surround the Village and University. These trails along with the century-old second growth forest and beautiful Kirkland shoreline combine into the 316 acre property that is St. Edwards State Park and Big Finn Hill King County Park Trail. Dogs are absolutely welcome on leash and there are several surrounding ball fields fit for various sporting activities. The next time you visit St. Edwards try a sativa-heavy cannabis product to elevate your trail run and increase your stride.