Discovery Park Loop Trail

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Discovery Park Loop Trail is a 4.4 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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
472 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wildlife

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. No dogs allowed on the beach.

1 day ago

Great walk for being in a large city ! Excellent views

hiking
3 days ago

favorite trail by far

walking
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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Go to place for an easy walk for my pups!

hiking
2 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
6 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.

walking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Good

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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!!

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

loved it

hiking
8 months ago

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

walking
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!

walking
9 months ago

Outstanding views of the Puget Sound & Olympics.

walking
9 months ago

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 :)

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

10 months ago

mik

11 months ago

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!

hiking
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

easy

hiking
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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