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.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail...great place for beginners to experience hiking.

5 days ago

This is a good Loop for beginning hiker.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful - lots of trails!

11 days ago

Beautiful scenery/views!

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike on 4th of July

17 days ago

great walk/hike in the city.

19 days ago

Not bad for a city park. Lighthouse was kind of pitiful

1 month ago

Offering different scenes and some elevation in one long enough walk - the part from North Beach to South Beach trails goes through beach, paths with steps under tall shaded trees with beautiful views to the Olympic and Rainier. Make sure to see historic buildings and take some small allowed turns as they could lead to the beach or smaller paths closer to the water. But be careful not to go too close to the edge at some parts as it’s soft. Great for all ages, right in the city. Some busy paths are quite dusty. Could they warm up the water?!

walking
1 month ago

Easy hike inside the city with great beach and mountain views.

Awesome trail!

walking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Not too strenuous or challenging, restrooms were hard to find. AMAZING this is inside the city.

1 month ago

easy trail...some steep steps but enjoyed time in the beach!

walking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail and provides some amazing views of downtown Seattle, the olympics, and more.

2 months ago

great walk in May. cool weather is perfect for it

2 months ago

Nice walk with great views of the Sound. Not exactly roughing it here with all the benches, markers and paved roads you have to cross, but you'd never guess you were only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.

hiking
2 months ago

You'd never know you were within Seattle, great place to get lost for awhile.

2 months ago

Great walk for being in a large city ! Excellent views

hiking
2 months ago

favorite trail by far

walking
3 months 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
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Go to place for an easy walk for my pups!

hiking
5 months ago

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

walking
6 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
8 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
9 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
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Good

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

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