Northwest Nature / Places to Go / Quirky Seattle

Bridle Trails State Park, & impolite owls

There are other things to do here besides riding horses, but that’s the main reason people visit Bridle Trails State Park.

I grew up in Montana, but don’t own a horse and don’t ride that often. Yet, I soak in the ambiance of those who DO love horses, taking them out for a ride the way the rest of Seattle takes their dogs out for a run around Green Lake.

Bridle Trails State Park is known as an urban oasis for horse-back riding and hiking. <br>(Photo credit: Wikipedia, free use)

Bridle Trails State Park is known as an urban oasis for horse-back riding and hiking.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia, free use)

And why not?

There are more than 50 miles of trails (many without directional signs) in this forested, 480-acre park–a haven for horses and hikers. Located  in greater Seattle–on the eastern side of Lake Washington between Bellevue and Kirkland– Bridle Trails is truly a “wilderness in the city.”

Barred owl (Matthew Paulson, Flickr)

Barred owl in flight. (Photo: Matthew Paulson, Flickr)

How much of a wilderness?  Enough that the park’s official web page now warns visitors to beware aggressive barred owlsthey’re reportedly fond of attacking people with MP3 player/headphones or ponytails.

Human ponytails, that is.

So beware the barred owls, an oil-water mix in Seattle’s urban outback. 😉Signature_80

Recommended: Bridle Trails State Park  web page.

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