Discovery Park is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The park provides an open space away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, and an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. The park is also home to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park, located next to the peninsular Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, and overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains. The park is built on the historic grounds of Fort Lawton, which was originally a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War. The park includes two miles of protected tidal beaches, a lighthouse, open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets, and streams. The park provides an open space away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, and an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. The park is also home to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. No dogs allowed on the beach.
This is a huge park considering how close it is to the city. Some parts feel like you're in a secluded forest, while others offer impressive views of the Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island, and the Kitsap Peninsula. We added an extra mile by taking the North Beach Trail all the way around the water treatment plan and back to the loop trail. Our total mileage was 5.1.
This is one of my favorite places! Love the trails and lookouts. Catching the sunset by the lighthouse/water is magical. On a clear day the beach offers beautiful Mt Rainer views. Going on a weekday evening, it use to feel like we had the entire park to ourselves. Good access to restrooms and parking. Coming from Indiana, I never could get over how tall the trees are and how tiny they make everything look in comparison.
It's a nice little path in the city to the beach
Absolutely amazing. A bit of everything. Even strenuous around the beach area. The views are great yes but the trees are really what did it for me.
Loop trail is a mixture of dirt, gravel and some asphalt and not technical. Small inclines/declines on the run. Enjoyed the forest and views. My biggest complaint is there are too many people and not enough trail etiquette.
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This was a nice starter, conditioning trail. Though dog friendly, the beach is posted as no dogs allowed without a fine. Since I have a lab, this was disappointing. Still we all enjoyed the loop.
Fairly flat once you're on the loop trail. Some slight up/downs. You can make it more challenging by going down to the lighthouse or doing multiple loops. Easy to get lost your first couple times visiting if you don't pay attention to the signs directing you to the various trails at every fork in the road. Some forks aren't marked clearly, so still good to pay attention (look for others coming toward you to help choose the correct path). Still worth it, as you get some good western views of the Sound and Olympics.
Was perfect quick walk