During one of the sunniest Novembers on record, Best of the Northwest hiked, ran, climbed, biked, and roller-skied the top 10 City park trails within Seattle.
The Emerald City is home to over 400 city parks. Join us exploring the top 10 Seattle City Park Trails. Rated in terms of views, activities access and trail quality.
10. North Seattle’s Jackson Park has undergone some recent improvements.
Dodging in and out of the woods crossing over Thornton Creek the newly completed perimeter trail skirts along the edge of the golf course. Newly completed in the summer of 2013 this is a welcome addition to Seattle City Park trails.
Tucked in a West Seattle Ravine under a bridge you can drive right by Schmitz Preserve Park without even realizing its there. This hidden gem features lush foliage, massive nursery logs and a stream running right through the center. Find some magic on this hidden trail.
Hidden away in west Seattle, Camp Long features an outdoor climbing rock, obstacle and ropes courses utilized in the summertime and crossings over ponds all connected by its mile long loop trail.
7. Carkeek Park Loop Trail
The outer bluffs trail climbs through the forest, crosses Salmon spawning streams, rolls through stands of giant maple before descending back down to the beach and central play area.
6. Seward Park
This pennisula park features grand views of lake Washington and downtown Seattle. The trails weave through some of the best-preserved old growth forest in Seattle connecting with the road that loops through and around the park.
5. Washington Park Arboretum and Foster Island Trail
Home to the Japanese Gardens, Washington Park, The Visitor Center and the Foster Island Marshes there is a lot to explore on the 3.5 mile out-and-back trail.
4. Woodland Park Loop Trail
The 1.33 mile loop is occasionally hosts Cyclocross Grand Prix events. This trail’s park-like atmosphere connects the Woodland Park Zoo, rose gardens, sports fields and the Green Lake loops.
3. Green Lake Loop Trail
By far the most popular trail we have experienced in the Pacific Northwest.
An estimated 10,000 people visit Green Lake during a summer day.
Don’t expect solitude at Green Lake, Seattleites will venture out to the classic loop trails rain or shine. Look to Green Lake year round for a near-by city park trail that can be looped until your heart’s content.
2. Elliot Bay Trail
Perhaps with the most quintessential views of the Seattle waterfront from any Seattle Park, the Myrtle Edwards Park connects with the Elliot Bay Trail on winding bike and pedestrian paths along Elliott Bay, with fantastic views of the Olympics Mountains, Mount Rainier, and the Salish Sea.
Ask a Seattleite what the biggest most spectacular park in the city is
chances are they will reply “Discovery” without missing a beat.
With dramatic open vistas from the south bluffs, descending the winding trails, through the woods to the rocky beach. The Discovery Park lighthouse at the point makes way to sandy beaches and more sweeping views to the north. Being accessible year round Discovery Park has something for everyone.
With so much to offer, it might be hard to leave…
Get out and enjoy your Seattle City Park Trails!
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