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hiking
8 days ago

I’m a new hiker and not in the best shape so I was hoping for a bit more signage or clearly marked trails. A friend and I took large paths and as we were walking and taking turns the trail would eventually disappear or lead to fenced off areas. We had to turn around and loop back a few times. I’ve never found a super well cleared trail down to the beach only some cinderblock stairs that lead to the back of the parking lot. The beach has great views and you can have a lot of fun after a light walk.

I took away a star because the bathroom stalls aren’t big enough to push a stroller into and there’s no changing tables. But this park is beautiful, I love the coast and environment. We’ll definitely be going back.

hiking
2 months ago

This must be done at sunset to really appreciate the hike and view. We modified the trail a bit to take in all the views and it was totally worth it.

5/3/2018 (Thursday) - Start from Montlake/WA520, pass through the park by Azalea Way, then go along Madison St to the lakeside park (Madison Beach). Azalea in the park has not been in full blossom yet. It takes about 70 minutes for a relaxed walk. A very pleasant city walk in a luxurious residential/commercial district. The view across the lake is awesome.

hiking
3 months ago

I just moved to Seattle and wanted to do a hike close to the city. This one didn’t disappoint. Its a great trail but definitely not super easy. There are plenty of stairs to ascend down the bluff to the beach. The descent is steep so wouldn’t be good for strollers. It was muddy in some spots but not bad. There are plenty of stopping points that you can sit and take in the stunning view. The beach is beautiful and I got to see some sea lions. It is a very active trail with some runners. One place I will be going back to.

road biking
3 months ago

Very beautiful path. I was on a road bike and it’s nice that the paths keep a rolling gate to them and that the signs for when to walk your bike were easily visible.

I love it here there is usually ample parking. the magnolias are stunning right now!

Being in the city can be stressful and having access to green spaces like this are invaluable to mental and physical health! This is a great place to walk to get your fill of chlorophyll when you can't get out for the weekend. Most trails are gravel, which means access for those who have difficulty walking. There are numerous benches along main paths to stop and rest if needed. You are able to get both green and blue scenery with trails that lead to Lake Washington. You do have to cross under ST 520 to get to the lake but the bridge construction will soon get rid of the walking tunnel under the bridge and make it more pleasant. 4 stars for accessibility and only one star off for the noise of the cars, but hey in the city that's a given!

Always a great alternative when I can’t make it to the mountains

hiking
6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Nice and chill trail. Fun for all ages. Best time to visit is when the sun goes down and enjoy the sunset on the beach.

Very fresh air

this park is in a sad state right now, didn't enjoy it a bit

hiking
7 months ago

Recent wind storm made some trails inaccessible or closed off. Did make a decent hike out of it before the ferry

trail running
8 months ago

A quick and easy escape from the city. There is access to the beach and an overlook for seal watching, but I haven't seen any.

Super easy to navigate, well maintained, gorgeous!
It doesn't get much better for an inter urban park!

9 months ago

this is a Beach Walk be prepared to get wet

hiking
10 months ago

Lots to do at this park. Hike, jog, beachcomb, playground, watch sunset, watch salmon run etc. pretty forested for an in city park. Some of the side trails are like hiking in the woods with very few people.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy short hike within the city. A few uphills but barely broke a sweat. Start and end near the playground so the kids can run around after or take the bridge to the beach. Picnic tables in park seem to be reserved early.

hiking
11 months ago

trail running
Monday, July 10, 2017

Jogged here from home hoping to get to the beach. All private. No entrance w/o trespassing. Dufuq?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Unfortunate that they are doing construction and had parts of the trail off limits. But the outcome will be worth the wait. It's a beautiful park and very easy to walk. Will definitely be back to view the Japanese Garden soon. Information desk with snacks and souvenirs are on site...and restrooms!

camping
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great time for 'training' for a longer backpack hike with the kids (5, 7, & 9). We camped at the West camp sites. Don't stay at the north sites unless you're usually a car camper. 1.5 miles to the West site. Take Argosy cruise over with the staff in the early morning, $40 a person. Saw bald eagles, porpoise, seals, etc. Beautiful trees and flowers, great weather, and perfect mix of beach and woods. Couldn't have had a better hike this weekend. WARNING: Stinging Nettles along the trail! Don't touch anything along the way!

trail running
Monday, May 22, 2017

Loved it! First .5 miles or so has quite a bit of debris but it was fun. Will definitely do it again!

walking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Beautiful walk during a sunny Seattle day.

fishing
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

best at low tide - clear view of hood canal bridge and port gamble. Great beach

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nice park. You can just come in and relax. Nothing for working out (if you're not running). But you'll definitely enjoy the nature around.

on Hood's Head Trail

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great trail. Although it was very muddy in spots when hiking around 'mud bay', it was worth it to see the Hoods Head Dragon.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Nice calm beach. There was people out digging for clams and tons of marine life. I think my dog had more fun then I did running around.

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