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The Burke Gilman will take you just about anywhere you would want to go in North Seattle. With city and nature views throughout, it goes right through some great neighborhoods offering food, shopping and other attractions along the way. It runs from the Puget Sound, along the ship canal through Ballard, Fremont, and the U District, then up and around Lake Washington to the east side and into Redmond. Through the higher traffic areas like Ballard, Fremont and the U district it can get a little hectic with varying terrain and a decent amount of sidewalk and road crossings. Once you pass through the U District it's generally smooth sailing, with a few bumpy sections and road crossings to watch out for. You will have to walk across a wooden bridge that goes over 35th Ave N. The section along Lake Forest Park is probably your best bet if you are looking for unobstructed, low traffic, freshly paved asphalt.
Below is one of many possible starting points. Check the route map, there might be a better starting point for you.
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