In the midst of this luxury and grandeur lies a Kirkland Park with 73.33 acres. It is called Yarrow Bay Wetlands and lies between Yarrow Point and the Lake view neighborhoods. Mostly it is just what it is named. A wetlands.
The best view, according to Seattle Times writer Peyton Whitely, is from the water side, paddling a kayak or canoe. There is a channel from the Lake Washington side where you can explore the wetlands for hundreds of feet. Most likely you will be the only person there, unless you bring a friend or two along.
My wife and I explored it from the land side, on a warm summer evening. Access is very limited. We actually went twice before finding the parking lot and the trail. From Lake Washington Boulevard in Kirkland you head west on Northeast Points Drive. The confusing thing is that you turn right onto the 101st Way Northeast. You see a large sign declaring this to be “The Point”, a condominium development. Immediately to the left is a small parking lot. The mailboxes for “The Point” are along one side. We parked in front of a sign declaring this to be private property.
An Interpretive Sign for a nature trail in the only obvious indication that there is indeed a public trail here.
You walk into the neighborhood, past two obvious signs stating the limits of private property with warnings of “do not enter”. Wow! Talk about feeling all warm and fuzzy about the welcome!!
The effort to keep the public from enjoying the wetlands (owned by you and I) seems to be working. We only met two sets of people on our walk, and they both obviously lived in the complex. There are interpretive markers and benches though so it can be viewed either way but somewhat limited when on foot.
From I-405, merge onto WA-520 W via exit 14. Take the 108th Avenue NE exit and turn right onto 108th Avenue NE. Turn left onto Northup Way which becomes NE Points Drive. Turn right onto 101st Way NE. End at 101 Way NE & NE Points Drive, Kirkland.
It is a completely beautiful area, and well worth the stroll during our good weather spells. The best way to explore this area is by non-motorized craft such as a canoe or kayaks. There are trails bordering the park but this is best seen from the calm and relaxing water of Lake Washington.
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