Explore the most popular hiking trails in Discovery Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

favorite trail by far

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.

1 month ago

Beautiful trails! Saw a family of seals swim off the shore, enjoyed the sunshine, met some awesome folks (and pups) throughout the day. Easy parking, and you can take the bus there too!

Great easy trail with nice views and some spots to stop for a picnic.

Go to place for an easy walk for my pups!

This is a neat, well-maintained loop. The western section offers picturesque views of the bay, beach, and lighthouse.

Beautiful, easy hike that makes for a lovely weekend stroll. Bring the kids or a dog and enjoy change of scenery as the trail goes from woods to coastline beach. Some areas were a tad muddy for walking shoes, and the area by the lighthouse can get windy in the winter.

5 months ago

Dog friendly on leash or dog off leash with excellent use of verbal commands. Most of the time in the fall there is plenty of space for everyone on the trail especially during the weekdays. Crowds during weekend.

Easy trail to walk if you're going down to the lighthouse, a little more moderate going back up. There are well-kept trails and very nice views. The only drawback is the sewage treatment facility that sometimes makes a really foul odor, but it's worth seeing at least once.

Nice hour long hike. There's cool viewpoints but a lot of side trails that aren't marked.

My girls and I love this park and like the many trails it has to offer.

Had some beautiful views, but it wasn't completely wheelchair accessible.

easy walk. nice view on the lake and lighthouse on the middle of the loop.
i recommend!

A workout! The south beach trail is definitely not wheelchair accessible with lots of steps. But in some places the trails are very accessible. Views are stunning. The lighthouse
/sound is a nice halfway rest. Great rewards!!

This hike is easy to moderate. Along the way you can pick blueberries and raspberries. To get to the West Point Lighthouse take the hidden valley trail. There is descending of stairs on the way to the lighthouse, be careful to watch your step because some of the steps are warn down (made of wood) and nails. As well, there is a distinct smell from the treatment plant when getting close to the lighthouse.

Wonderful views of the Puget Sound! Definitely going to be a return visitor!

8 months ago

Beautiful scenery of The Sound and Olympics, even Rainier. You'll spot tons of creatures from birds to sea life. Great for spring and summer outings. I love that this is such a walk-able city!

9 months ago

Outstanding views of the Puget Sound & Olympics.

A nice shaded trail, nice for a walk, contains some small stream. I went mainly to take photos of the lighthouse, unaware about this trail :)

9 months ago

Did the south loop trail. 35m some nice view the the beach is nice.

Beautiful shore line and trail....

trail running
Thursday, April 13, 2017

This park is very beautiful. Fairly easy to navigate. Didn't make it through the entire trail but will be going back!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

3/19/2017 (Sunday) - Group. A rare sunny day in early spring. Lots of people come out to enjoy the weather (55F). Parking is overcrowded. Many people widely spread to various trails, which become very busy in the afternoon. So, we come early by braving the morning chill (32F).

Monday, February 20, 2017


Thursday, December 22, 2016

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.

Monday, December 05, 2016

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.

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