Green Lake Loop Trail

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Green Lake Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

One of Seattle's most beloved parks. This hike loops around Green Lake. Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago. The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers' comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the City by the State of Washington in 1905. Green Lake underwent a series of changes over the next 15 years- it was diked, dredged and filled until it shrunk by nearly 100 acres! The last fill deposited in Green Lake was from the excavation of Aurora Avenue. In more recent times, Green Lake has suffered from stagnation and pollution problems, as well as algae blooms. Milfoil and swimmers itch (caused by parasites from waterfowl) are still a consideration for those who swim in the lake.

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walking
17 days ago

Scenic trail around beautiful lake.

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24 days ago

Easy and nice walk in the city.

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walking
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canoeing
1 month ago

beautiful park with a nice lake view. I went paddle boating with my friend. weather was perfect

1 month ago

easy for running, biking, skateboarding, dog walking. it is a Great Loop to meet a friend and walk around. parking is difficult

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1 month ago

Great place to run, walk, or bike.

walking
1 month ago

Nice casual walk around a lake. Walk, ride a bike or takr in line skates. This is less a hike and more a celebration of being outside. The trail around the lake and the adjoining park are great for people watching especially in thr summer months. Walk the trail, and thrn grab a blanket and relax on the grass.

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