Kirkland is the 6th biggest city in King County and the 12th biggest in Washington. The city is built around Lake Washington and provides more than 25 public parks so the community can use the lakefront. It should also be known for its love of dogs because there are close to 18,000 living there.
If you like hiking, you can check out Saint Edward State Park, which has 25 miles of trails above Lake Washington with amazing views of the coastline. There are some climbs and descents that can be rough on a beginner, but for the most part, it is an easy and pleasant walk through the woods.
Paradise Valley has 13 miles of trails in a hidden paradise in the middle of the city. Among the forest and wetlands, you will likely see some deer, coyote, and even bears. Some of the trees you will see on the trail are fir, hemlock, oak, cedar, cottonwood, dogwood and willow; and there are plenty of wildflowers and other vegetation along Bear Creek.
Jasper’s Dog Park is the perfect place to let Fido off his leash to play with other dogs while you relax. There is a lot of room and grass to run, and there are benches for the humans. Jasper’s is fully fenced-in and has a wood chip surface. Plenty of friendly dog owners to chat with while you watch them play.
In the Moss Bay neighborhood, you'll be surrounded by dog-friendly restaurants! At The Flatstick Pub, a waterfront pub famous for its indoor 9-hole mini golf course, is so dog-lov'in, they insist that you bring your furry best for their “Yappy Hour” inside the bar. For Feriton's best burgers, you'll want to visit The Slip where they welcome canines in their outdoor patio. If your Cocker Spaniel is a huge fan of Lady and the Tramp, bring her to Ristorante Paradiso, a dog-friendly Italian restaurant that welcomes leashed dogs at outdoor tables in the summertime. The Cactus Restaurant offers Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes, while Hectors is a local breakfast spot. Both welcomes your dog on their outdoor patios during the summer as well.
For some amazing outdoor adventure, head to the northern end of Kirkland to Saint Edward State Park. This 326 acre park includes 3,000 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. Hike the trails, or set up a picnic in the popular river rock alcove that locals call the Grotto. Along the way, you are sure to run into the history of the area, which includes the brick building that once housed the Pacific Northwest’s first Catholic seminary. Today, the park is enjoyed by hikers, bikers, boaters, and dogs. In the park, your pup needs to remain leashed, and be sure to always clean up after him.