Eastside Runners

The Seattle Area Running Club for Every Type of Runner

Saturday Morning Run - Mercer Island

Run Leader - May O'Neill


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  • Biking from Seattle:, Cross the I-90 west bridge span, stay on the main trail to the top of the lid.
  • Driving from Seattle: I-90 E across the west bridge span. Take the first Mercer Island exit (West Mercer Way; before you enter the lid). At the exit ramp stop sign, turn right on Mercer Way. Take an immediate left on SE 24th Street. Take the next left on 66th Avenue SE (which turns into SE 22nd St). Park along SE 22nd St.
  • Biking from the Eastside: I-90 across the east bridge span (there is a connecting trail from the Bellevue Way park-and-ride), keep pedaling up to the lid on the west end of the island.
  • Driving from the Eastside: I-90 W across the east bridge span. Take the second Mercer Island exit (Island Crest Way - exit 7). At the exit ramp stoplight, go straight on North Mercer Way. Continue to stop sign at 76th Avenue SE and turn left. Cross over I-90, turn right at the first opportunity, SE 24th Street. Over the top of the hill, turn right on 71st Avenue SE down to the park and park along SE 22nd St.

Meet by the street parking along SE 22nd St (or, The Park on the Lid).

Breakfast: Einstein Bros Bagels 7808 SE 28th Street #124 (28th St & 78th Ave) – 
Parking garage in the building with entrance between Einstein's and Washington Mutual
Direction to Einstein’s from Lid Park: Turn right (south) onto 72nd Ave SE; Left onto SE 24th St; Right onto 76th Ave SE; Bear left at SE 27th St; Right onto 78th Ave SE; Left onto SE 28th St

Course Description: Run starts at 8:30am

All courses Start at tennis courts at Park on the Lid (68th and 70th) to W. Mercer Way.

  4.8 mile course miles
1. South on W. Mercer Way to Merrimount Drive. 2.3
2. Left (East) on Merrimount Drive to Island Crest Way. 0.1
3. Left (North) on Island Crest Way to SE 40th St. 0.5
  6.8 mile course miles
1. South on W. Mercer Way to Merrimount Drive. 2.3
2. Left (East) on Trail between 84th Ave. SE and 84th Place. 1.1
3. Trail leads to SE 53rd Place. Take 53rd to Island Crest Way. 0.4
4. Left (North) on Island Crest Way to SE 40th St. 1.1
  9.7 mile course miles
1. South on W. Mercer Way to SE 70th St. 4.7
2. Left (East) on SE 70th St., up 5 deadly hills to Island Crest Way. 0.8
  (Try using the trails of Pioneer Park that parallel 70th and Island Crest Way)  
3. Left (North) on Island crest Way to SE 40th St. 2.4
4. The trails and sidewalks on the left side of Island Crest Way tend to be better than the right side.
  All courses miles
1. Left on SE 40th St. and Island Crest Way, continue West on SE 40th St. 0.4
2. Right on 78th Ave SE and SE 40th St, continue North on 78th Ave SE. to the outdoor sculpture gallery in downtown Mercer Island. 0.9
3. Left on Sunset Hwy and 78th Ave SE, cross 77th Ave SE to continue on paved trail for one block. 0.2
4. Cross 76th Ave SE and SE 24th St to continue on trail; trail leads to Park on the Lid. 0.4
Friendly course for Wheelchairs, Baby Strollers
The bicycle trail parallel to I-90 provides a good surface for wheeled human-powered vehicles.
Bathroom Locations
Park on the Lid (starting location) Bicentennial Park (76th Ave SE and SE 32nd St.)

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