Foster Island Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Foster Island Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Seattle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wildlife

You can get to this trail from the arboretum or from East Montlake Park.

walking
6 days ago

Little muddy though. Went in June.

hiking
2 months ago

Too muddy in some area. Walking through swamps is fine but for biking? No. Maybe in summer it will be better because the trail would be drier. Other than that, it has great lake view. I will come back again if it’s not so muddy.

walking
7 months ago

good walk. we did it with our dog on leash in january. (bit muddy on the islands but good)

trail running
Thursday, May 18, 2017

The section of trail on marsh island is currently closed because of high water levels. It is super muddy/ not passable.

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Nice easy afternoon hike with family after work. Trail is muddy, not surprising, as most is a marsh. Bridges need some repair, but nice wetland ecology in the city. Frogs, turtles and lots of birds in the heart of Seattle.

walking
Monday, May 19, 2014

It was a fun walk with our family (7 kids ages 8-18). They all enjoyed. Some were upset about all the mud they had to walk through, but after they all reconciled themselves to the fact that it was a trail of mud everyone had a great time. Yes at this time of year there was a lot of mud. At several points in the trail you had no choice but to walk in mud several inches deep. I think the best footwear is beach shoes, rubber boots, or sandals. Or if you have the feet for it just go barefoot.

We started from East Montlake Park and didn't go past the last island. For that area it was all flat, so no climbing hills.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Great hike for kids to check out the lake. Tons of birds and other animals. Renting a kayak or canoe is a great call here to see things from the other angles. You have to go to the other side of the lake (just to the north) to rent them but worth the trip. it can get pretty crowded here in the summer and on weekends.
http://www.washington.edu/ima/wac/

walking
Friday, August 03, 2012

Spectacular short walk on a sunny summer day. Boats returning from Seafair through the Montlake cut were quite a show.
Another option: Rent a canoe at the UW or kayak through the wetlands.

hiking
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walking
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hiking
11 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

walking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

recorded Arboretum

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

trail running
Friday, June 09, 2017

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

walking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sunday, March 05, 2017

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

trail running
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

hiking
Saturday, July 28, 2012

walking
Saturday, April 21, 2012