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Fremont to Ballard Locks Loop

Highlights

Passes through the funky areas of Fremont and Ballard. Crosses the ship canal at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Nice views of boats on the Ship Canal Trail.

DISTANCE

7 miles / 11 kms

DIFFICULTY

Easy

TRAIL TYPE

Hike/Bike Loop

SEASON

Year-round

ELEVATION

Flat

This hike/bike route is a loop that passes by the iconic Fremont Troll and the Statue of Lenin and then follows the Burke-Gilman Trail between Fremont and Ballard to the Chittenden Locks and then returns on the Ship Canal Trail on the other side of the Lake Union Ship Canal.

The Fremont Troll was created under the Aurora Bridge in 1990 and is clutching an actual, full size, Volkswagen Beetle with California license plates that it grabbed off of the bridge.

The Statue of Lenin is a 16 ft (5m) bronze sculpture made in Czechoslovakia in 1988 and removed during the democratic revolution of 1989 and brought to Seattle. It is for sale and frequently decorated and vandalized.

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PARKING

Paid Street Parking

FACILITIES

Bathrooms in Gas Works Park and at the Ballard Locks

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Many Options

PHOTOS

PARTNERS

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