Foster Island Trail

EASY 18 reviews

Foster Island Trail is a 3.5 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
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

sea kayaking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wildlife

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

hiking
14 days ago

trail running
17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

walking
7 months ago

7 months ago

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.

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

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.

trail running
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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
Saturday, July 28, 2012

walking
Saturday, April 21, 2012