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.
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.”
How much of a wilderness? Enough that the park’s official web page now warns visitors to beware aggressive barred owls—they’re reportedly fond of attacking people with MP3 player/headphones or ponytails.
Human ponytails, that is.
Recommended: Bridle Trails State Park web page.