The Hiker Mama

Totem Lake Wetland

Distance: Approximately 0.5 mile

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Season: Year-round

Maps: Find a brochure of walks in the Totem Lake area.

Description: This short path skirts the northern edge of Totem Lake in Kirkland. South of the mall, tucked in among offices and industrial buildings, this wetland harbors a wide variety of wildlife and birds. The path is a combination of paved, boardwalk, and dirt.

Directions: From I-405 north, take Exit 20B for NE 124th St. Take the right fork, and head onto Totem Lake Blvd. Turn onto 120th Ave NE, then turn right onto NE Totem Lake Way. From I-405 south, take Exit 20 for NE 124th St. Turn left onto NE 124th St. Turn left onto Totem Lake Blvd. NE. Turn right onto 120th Ave NE, then right onto NW Totem Lake Way. Parking is on the street. No permits are needed.

Links: Read more about the park here. Read the Seattle Times article. Read the ParentMap article about hidden nature walks.